End of an Era

10 Nov 2017

It’s with enormous sadness that I’ve finally reached my final day at Fat Media. I’ve spent nearly the last six years growing into a design role from humble beginnings, and I really owe what I am today through the helpfulness and mentoring of my colleagues, both past and present. Even though I’ve showered many of them with soppy emails, I thought it fitting to share a few nuggets of what I’ve learned, and my experiences, over my lengthy, happy tenure there.

I can’t stress enough how much sharing, and sharing alike, has helped refine my knowledge and skills in the wide world of design. I’ve learnt from UX Designers, Graphic Designers, Marketers, SEO Consultants, Content Writers, and Developers. It helped that I worked in an environment where everyone was more than happy to share their knowledge (and adept meme-making skills) – either through more formal channels, or ad-hoc phone calls, chats and email exchanges. Those tiny requests for information, clarification, and good old-fashioned help, have cumulated to expand my horizons in ways I never thought I’d need it.

Of course, the best part of any job should be the people. You interact with them every day, and they can either make your life a joy or a living hell. The people I’ve shared my working life with have all been absolute joys; a great bunch of happy, intelligent and incredibly hardworking people. I can only hope I’ll meet people like them over the rest of my working life.

So, goodbye my fellow Fatties, you irreplaceable rag-tag of geniuses, you.

I’ll miss you all a lot.

Extensibility in Digital Design Systems

5 Oct 2017

Extensibility Illustration

Creating a brand guideline document is a gruelling affair. You know the drill – font sizes, colour, image placement, image treatments, and a long list of do’s and don’ts for the logo. But you almost half know that the document in question will sit, lonely and neglected, on a shared drive somewhere, only to be dug out when a new one is required – and often, from someone else.

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Trends in Web Typography: What's your Type?

11 Jul 2017

Headings follow similar conventions: extended sans-serifs and display serif

Combing the web for inspiration often leads me down similar paths, and one website that’s nearly always on my go-to list is Typewolf, a stalwart of the cool and cutting-edge sites that utilise type as their main organising structure. As the clue is in the name, these sites aren’t always development marvels, but the typography is always on point, for better or for worse. There are beautiful sites, ‘interesting’ sites, and completely unusable sites; but they all have one thing in common: excellent and inspiring typography.

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On Jekyll, Github, and Developing... as a Designer

5 May 2017

Atom Editor: What I stared at for 3 weeks

It’s been a while in the making, but it is here, and it is glorious. As you may well know, launching a new site is an arduous, yet rewarding task; so please indulge me by cracking open a bottle of your favourite tipple, and read all about what took so long.

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A New Chapter

21 Apr 2017

Woohoo!

Hello! At long last, here it is, the latest, greatest iteration of jakeatkin.co.uk. I’ll follow up the wheretos and whyfores at later date… but for now, I’ll be celebrating in style with a shandy or two.

Thanks for browsing, and I hope you enjoy perusing my digital wares.

Jake.