Archive for Ian Hughes

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Scene Stealers

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Scene Stealers

    By 24 July 2012

    It might seem like an odd thing for a film production company to encourage people to rip off copyright-protected material, but that’s exactly what Film4 is doing with Scene Stealers. It's been making films that tend to stray a little from the mainstream...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Twiangulate

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Twiangulate

    By 23 July 2012

    Despite a name that borders on something from Twenty Twelve (“twandanas, anyone…?) this is one of the more interesting tools to analyse Twitter and where you sit within its landscape. With almost every mainstream news story, comment piece and feature...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: IWDRM

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: IWDRM

    By 20 July 2012

    It probably wouldn’t be a Friday if you didn’t get at least one animated gif sent to you today, would it? These days, they can take you unawares too. They appear in your Twitter feed, Facebook timeline or inbox unannounced, uninvited. Whether it’s...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The Gobstopper

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The Gobstopper

    By 19 July 2012

    Apart from the use of the word “retrolicious” there’s really not much we don’t love about thegobstopper.co.uk. If you’re of a certain age, as a child you probably left the house on your bike at first light and didn’t get home until long after...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: City Dashboard

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: City Dashboard

    By 18 July 2012

    It’s often said that the only way to really get to know a city is to get lost in it. Under normal circumstances that’s absolutely true. I spent a wonderful three days wandering around Copenhagen, without a clue where I was going or what I was aiming...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Branson Picking Up Women

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Branson Picking Up Women

    By 17 July 2012

    If you’ve ever wondered how a billionaire entrepreneur stays in shape, we may have stumbled upon the answer. It’s not the access to the finest food and wine, not the first-class travel, or the luxury spa treatments, or even the knowledge that you’ve...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Little Monsters

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Little Monsters

    By 16 July 2012

    We’ll bob our heads to the latest popular beat combos like the best of them, but we’re not big fans of Lady Gaga. Although, to be brutally honest, we do kind of admire her. She’s turned the entertainment and social media industries on their heads...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Cool Places

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Cool Places

    By 13 July 2012

    If you’re the sort of person who looks long and hard at the pictures of a hotel before you consider a booking, coolplaces.co.uk, is somewhere we think you’ll like. You’ve probably booked places in the past, based on location, price, or even just...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: World Golf Tour

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: World Golf Tour

    By 12 July 2012

    Ah, an English summer… It is easily the freakiest weather many of us can remember. One minute you’re basking in crisp, bright sunshine, the next you’re drenched to the core. Getting dressed in the morning is like preparing for a military operation...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: NHS Direct

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: NHS Direct

    By 11 July 2012

    There is still one thing that we have in Britain that is the envy of the civilised world: the National Health Service. Despite its foibles and occasional failings (not that surprising when you consider the decades of mismanagement and underfunding) the...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Bloggabase

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Bloggabase

    By 10 July 2012

    The problem with having a presence online, is that it tends to attract attention. Not the attention of people like your good selves, obviously. No, not the attention of discerning, erudite, intelligent and, dare we say, handsome readers. No. What you...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Font Bomb

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Font Bomb

    By 9 July 2012

    I didn’t get to watch the tennis yesterday. Instead, I spent the afternoon dealing with two fractious toddlers, both streaming with colds and equipped with the attention spans of fruit flies. Oh, and we had to stay indoors because of the poxy rain....

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Bandcamp

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Bandcamp

    By 6 July 2012

    Regular readers will know that there’s one thing we always say is a great way to get started in any business: cut out the middleman. Never was that more true than in the music industry, and the internet has served up ways to do it again and again. From...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Gumroad

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Gumroad

    By 5 July 2012

    We continue with our recent unofficial theme of sites for the creatively minded with gumroad.com. If you’re creative, the last thing you want to do is stop creating. The marketing and selling of your product is probably the bit you enjoy the least,...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Timista

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Timista

    By 4 July 2012

    In just over three weeks, the eyes of the world will be on London, and for those of us who live and work in this fine city, there are a few concerns. Travel chaos, overcrowding, crime. And that’s just the Jubilee line… But those of us with some civic...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Do This Better

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Do This Better

    By 3 July 2012

    Once upon a time, somebody said: “This mobile phone thing. I reckon we can do it better…” And Giffgaff was born not long afterwards. It’s a simple enough idea that’s worked quite well, so now the people at Giffgaff have set up dothisbetter.co.uk,...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Behance

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Behance

    By 2 July 2012

    On Friday we told you about a way to get some money trickling in for all your creative efforts by using Flattr. But that’s not going to be enough for many creative professionals, as easy as it is. No. If you want to get your work noticed on a platform...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Flattr

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Flattr

    By 29 June 2012

    You like looking at things online, don't you? No not those things – this is a family site.  But you appreciate good web content when you see it, don’t you? We do. Some of us are even lucky enough to get paid to look at it. That’s a nice bonus –...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Welcome to Real

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Welcome to Real

    By 28 June 2012

    When’s the last time you posted something? An hour ago? A few minutes? Maybe even a few seconds? But when’s the last time you actually, physically posted something? Wrote something on a piece of paper or card, stuck it in an envelope and put the Queen's...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Build with Chrome

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Build with Chrome

    By 27 June 2012

    Today we are discussing the building blocks of life. No not DNA, carbon atoms, charged particles or any other frankly inferior kind of building block. We are, of course, discussing Lego. We are fans. You probably know this already, and it’s fair to...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Britain from Above

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Britain from Above

    By 26 June 2012

    In a strange twist of fate (and almost certainly a slow news day) there were two types of aerial photos making the headlines in the UK yesterday. The first was the extraordinary galleries found at britainfromabove.org.uk, a newly published collection...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Kickoff

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Kickoff

    By 25 June 2012

    It’s done. It’s finished. The dream is over. At least for another four years. The England football team are flying home today after losing to Italy last night in Kiev. But even the most diehard England fan would have to admit that it was probably...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Housebites

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Housebites

    By 22 June 2012

    Apologies in advance for a very London-centric recommendation today, but what with the world and his wife and his kids descending on our nation’s capital, we hope you’ll excuse it. Just this once. Takeaway food in London isn’t all that difficult...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Fallen London

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Fallen London

    By 21 June 2012

    No, not a subversive pop at the Olympics (as far as we can tell, anyway, but we’ve not been playing that long), but a re-launched version of the browser game Echo Bazaar. It’s the murky, Gothic tale of the City of London dragged into the underworld...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: 3hundredand65

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: 3hundredand65

    By 20 June 2012

    As fundraising efforts go, anything that lasts a year has got to be worth noting and 3hundredand65.co.uk has combined two of our favourite things to raise cash for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Using Twitter, 365 writers are creating a graphic novel, with...