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Telegraph Fashion & Beauty goes live

Super-exciting news today as the Telegraph’s new fashion and beauty channel has gone live. One of the most beautiful sites I think we’ve ever worked on, it’s the result of a close collaboration between the Telegraph’s Digital Futures team, the fashion and beauty editorial team and Made by Many.

Two of the most exciting opportunities this project presented were to create an environment where premium brands and advertisers felt at home, and to include a new proposition: I•SPIED, the best fashion and beauty products as chosen by the Telegraph’s expertsTwo of the most exciting opportunities this project presented were to create an environment where premium brands and advertisers felt at home, and to include a new proposition: I•SPIED, the best fashion and beauty products as chosen by the Telegraph’s experts

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5 Ways to Well-being: an imagined iPhone app

I recently watched the utterly fantastic TED talk ‘The Happy Planet Index’ by Nic Marks. The talk covers a lot of sensible ground including why the environmental movement needs to shift their tactics as well as the quite stunning results from his research on measuring countries’ happiness in relation to life expectancy, contentment and ecological efficiency (hint: the results will surprise you).

It’s well worth 17 minutes of your time.

However it was his concluding comments about the key ingredients driving people’s happiness that really caught my attention. The principles, which Marks only had time to race through, came out of some research by the New Economics Foundation (nef) in 2008:

  • Connect
  • Be active
  • Take notice
  • Keep learning
  • Give
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Paths, processes and behaviours: how our work takes shape

I was invited to talk at a SheSays event yesterday on presentation skills. My talk wasn’t so much about presentation skills as it was about Made by Many’s approach to presenting our work. In fact I was pleasantly surprised when I was told that they were interested in hearing me speak about Made by Many’s work because we ‘visualise a lot’ and also present our work ‘in interesting ways, including showcasing work in progress, sketching etc – the presentation is designed & considered as much as the work’. Kind words from Mel, one of the organisers. Here’s how the presentation flowed, it’s on Slideshare at the end of this post or see it on Slideshare here.

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URL encoding an NSString on iOS

I’ve been working on an iPhone app for the last few weeks, which I’ve really enjoyed. Every now and again, though, you hit what seems like a bug in the iOS SDK.

 This seems to happen much more frequently than it ever did when I was coding in C#. As a result, my default debugging approach – that any problem with my app must be my fault rather than something in the framework – has shifted slightly. I’m now much more likely to question the framework itself, and with a quick Google search it’s common to find other developers who have experienced the same problem.

Here’s one that bit me recently. NSString has a method calledstringByAddingPercentEscapesUsingEncoding, which purports to make the string safe for use, say, as a parameter to a URL. There are several characters that are reserved in parameters toURLs – for example the slash character, or the ampersand, because these are characters that are used to delimit the URL itself. Therefore we encode these, and this is done using the percent encoding scheme.

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