Alistair Lloyd

Oysters, by Emily Raboteau


Exquisite flash fiction by Emily Raboteau

Untangling families


Did some work today mapping real life scenarios for families engaged in multiple education services. A thought experiment testing the concepts behind a common, unique identifier for adults. 

#emoji #Monopoly© ? ? ?


The Paris Guide To IT Architecture


McKinsey, 2000. One of my favorite analogy articles for enterprise architecture and design.

“This city-planning analogy can help established companies avoid IT architecture problems. A company might believe that major chunks of its applications are so unfit for current needs that they might as well have come from the Middle Ages. At the same time, IT departments are repeatedly asked to add new functions and to integrate business units and allied companies.”


Space navigation is hard. Discuss. 


Actually you’ll end up in an irregular heliocentric orbit, frozen and asphyxiated whilst bombarded by hard radiation

 #space #moon #? #❄️ #?

Regarding Ada


“… fantastically inventive and profoundly lonely.” 

Beautiful prose by @JamesGleick #TheInformation #writing

The Desk


Last year we renovated our home office. This had been a very dark/mission brown environment. A recent trip to Latvia and Denmark inspired us to rebuild it as a white/light timber finish. 

The challenge we had was in find a desk to fit the space we’d designed. With Pinterest as a “I’m-not-sure-what-I-want-but-I’ll-know-when-I-see-it” inspiration, we found a long, trestle-supported table that looked perfect. The challenge was that no local retailers had such a piece. 

Having trawled IKEA several times, I figured that the path to take was to make one from ‘hacked’ pieces. We documented the result through the popular Ikea-Hackers website

The finished desk with equipment wired up

The finished desk and equipment and stationery cabinet (both reused IKEA bedroom furniture)

It fits! About 5mm either side with power outlets and cable conduit hidden underneath.

Trimmed down IKEA drawers repurposed as a combination of desk support and scanner storage

Trimming the sides of the drawers

Three coats of clear acrylic stain to seal and protect

Additional dowel joins were strengthened with hidden steel plays underneath

Cut had to be accurate and straight. Made a template guide to run the saw along.

DTA’s Digital Service Standard


Stumbled across the Australian federal Digital Transformation Agency’sDesign Service Standard” today. 

Some excellent, simple and elegant pointers that apply to more than ‘digital’ alone.  With a look. 

Love; viscous


Wees and poos and spits and spews,
Drool and snot and mucus too.

Slobber, scabs and wax from ears,
Gluey eyes with weepy tears.

How can a child you love so dear,
Be covered in such sticky smears?

— AL, June 2017

The Gamification Revelation

Why are you sitting there working when you should be playing games?

Image source: kurtxio

Another article of mine from 2014 that enjoyed some coverage and feedback. Gamification has eased off on the hype curve however the concepts of gaming and the interplay with ‘real world’ activities and problem solving continues.

Link to the original article on CIO of the Future, and a PDF copy is also attached.