The Hickensian is the journal of Jon Hicks.

Icon Design Process - Beyond Tellerand

Marc Thiele and the lovely Beyond Tellerand audience

I’ve gone from doing zero conferences for a few years, to 6 in the last 13 months. Not as many as some of my chums do, but for me its been quite a contrast. Nice amount of travelling too, as it gives me the chance to see new places!

Last week I delivered the Icon Design Process talk at Beyond Tellerand in Berlin, possibly for the last time as I’m sure everyone is as sick of it as I am! It was a superb conference and I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to watch Stefan Sagmeister. I would love to go back for the Düsseldorf edition next May.

If you would like the slides, you can download the Icon Design Process PDF here

PushPedal Oxfordshire

I use Darren Kiley from PushPedal a lot – from servicing and fault finding to full rebuilds every time I change my mind about the frameset I’m currently using. He’s a man with a workshop, a van, and a lot of experience. He’s one of those great local businesses that you can’t help but promote whenever you can.

He’s recently had this little video made so that you can all behold is awesome beard! I mean, see what service he offers…

Commuting without spamming

I started cycling because of my commute to my new office, although it’s not exactly strenuous. If I go the direct route its barely more than a mile, so I usually extend it a bit, going past the picturesque Cogges Farm Museum (above – a recent location for Downton Abbey doncha know!). I also use my bike for lots of small shopping trips, so even if I’m not ‘out on a proper ride’ I’m usually on my bike every day.

I’ve never recorded these little trips on Strava, as it would be like spamming my friends. They don’t want to know about a 1.5 mile trip to the Post Office, especially if there a many of these kind of updates a day. Then I worked out that I was missing around 1000 miles a year, and while I’m not too worried about a ‘score’ I’m interested to know how much I’ve done on each of my bikes.

Only recently did the light dawn – if I marked each of these little rides as ‘private’, they still get recorded, but don’t bore my friends with it either.

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