Welcome (17th July 2015)

Procter Periodical #1



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The main aim of this newsletter is to send you stuff (links/notes) I have found super interesting and think you would over the past two weeks. However as this is edition one it maybe a little fuller than future editions.

I will be working on a concise structure as time passes but the main aim is to have headings that give you an overview of the type of stuff and you can then dip in and out as you like.

This list should provide an archive of resources you can come back to when you have time and can be viewed online anytime here.

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Sad Stuff

BBC News
Sadly computer mouse inventor and more Doug Engelbart died this Month.

NY Times
Satoru Iwata, Nintendo Chief Executive, Dies at 55.

Newsletter related Stuff

The design of this newsletter is a basic HTML template from Zurb Ink which is a rather great way to help build html email designs.

Doug Belshaw's weekly newsletter is amazing check it out.

Audrey Watters weekly newsletter is also amazing.

Education related

Open Badges How to
How to start using Open Badges 101.

Horizon Report
This report is a must read for HE staff.

Steve Wheelers
Blog on Education is amazing.

Ken Robinson Talk
Whats the point of creativity at University?

Universities don’t understand how international students learn, intresting read indeed and some great points.

The new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), something that is likely to strangle good teaching and higher education and become a game, much like the REF I expect.

A History of Graphics and Web Design online syylabus.


You very OWN url shortener like my dctr.pro.

I love Markdown and this the first fast read from Five Simple Steps is a great introduction. A must buy for writers.

Another reason Duck duck go is the best search engine ever.

Open Culture
Workout that brain with learning to play a musical instrument.

Doug Belshaw
Using Trello and the Kanban system.

Should your company use ZMail.

Startup Launch List
Starting a Start up check this list.

Design thinking and making

Sale few hours left - £8 Mobile App Design In Sketch 3: UX and UI Design From Scratch.

Ideo Toolkit
Design thinking for educators.

Ideo FieldGuide
Field Guide to Human Centred Design.

Piskel free online sprite editor.

Brash Monkey
Game Sprite Animation Software.

Pyxel edit

Awesome pixel art editor.

Basically the best Mac OS Instagram Client.

125 really good things to check when learning / making stuff.

Sketch UI
Amazing Pebble time design kit , yio just need the fonts to really take advantge of this great resourceThe web we have to save.

UI Examples
A timeline of Revolutionary UI.

Fast Co
A logo or a symbol ?

Edward Boatman
I love icons and noun project creator Edward Boatman talks about his vision to build a visual language. Its Universal Constructivism for now!

Data UIs
Data driven interfaces... yes please.

The Next Web
Contextual information may spell the end for Apps as we know it?

Design techniques
This online repository is a necessarily unfinished and evolving resource for Participatory Design Techniques. These techniques help evolve a project lifecycle through participation of multiple stakeholders including potential users or audiences, partners.

UX Checklist
Creating a Project check have you done all this stuff.

UX Basics
Some stuff on UX.

Brain Pickings
Design thinking is older than you thought...


"Teaching children philosophy improves their grades. Although they then rejected the grades as a superficial feature of cultural hegemony."

The Secret
There is a secret to being creative.

Charles Eames
Eames on Creativity and the values of Arts in Education.

Creative Block
Lightbulb moments may well exsit but they come from lots of previous hardwork.

Sucking Is fine!
Embrace the Suck.

Improving the design of the web
Creativity over predictability.

I cannot live without these Apps

Spotlight on acid!

Generate good passwords and guide to master password creation.

You would not believe the tracking that happens online, this will block / open you eyes to it !

FoldingText / Editorially
Write markdown on Mac and iOS check out these apps also see these workflows for editorially.

Please please make numerous back ups I use crashplan as my offsite online one.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic


If your into HCI or UI or programming this man, Bret Victor is a must know and check out the 2 vimeo talks, wow just wow.

Bret Victor - The Future of Programming.

Bret Victor - Inventing on Principle.

Future Learning Creative coding
This course uses processing and starts in August a must for any designer to get into the world of data design and you should.

Go Lang doomed to succeed
Go Lang is my new Favorite programming language and I hope to use it over PHP asap, its gaining a lot of traction.

Development to deployment workflow
Want to know the best way to setup a local web server set up you can then make chanegs to and push live in a breeze, well if you follow this pretty in dpth set up you are laughing, great for web devs and designers, although you'll need a good afternoon dedicated to getting set up.

10 things you shoud know about programmers.

Open Source

Medium Article
The web we have to save.

Made with Creative commons
Let's write a book that shows the world how sharing can be good for business.

Why give your work away.

Documentaries to catch

Bitter Lake
Amazing Adam Curtis Documentary.

All this Mayhem
Skateboarding is great but also bad! 

Magazines I should subscribe to

I have bought a number of these but dont subscibe to them all and I should.

Great Discontent


True Survivor
The Hoff you say.

Jurassic Park theme slide guitar yes please.

Master Class video
Amazing master classes on what makes up certain songs, here is Taylor Swift one but also be sure to check out Under pressure as well.

My old newsletter

A few extra links ! that are worth of note.
Newletter 1

Newsletter 2

Newsletter 3


Walking Tube Map
This is something I have always wanted so that I dont get on the tube when I could have walked.

iCloud can delete files without warning ! Apples it just works is not always in the best intrestes and iCloud continues to be a blackbox that likes to play bad!

Minor Dissent
Mark Thomas is always awesome.

This is on my to buy list indeed! With usb, bottle opener and quick disconnect.

This and this
The BBC is awesome and the UK government look likely to start a campaign against it, starting with cuts and seeding bad press, this is really bad. 

Tags in notebooks
I am a stickler for typing notes into Foldingtext as Markdown so there is no need to type up notes and makes them easily accessible via dropbox but I gotta admit this hack to give notebook's tags to organise make me consider handwritten notebooks again can be nice.

Chrome Only add on
Find out when you should buy books from your local bookstore as its cheaper than amazon ! also better for the economy.

Game changing
No Man’s Sky: 18 Minutes of Uninterrupted Gameplay. This game is going to be a game changer!

Leave iTunes
Ive pretty much converted to Rdio now but if you need somewhere to RIP your CD's iTunes seems to getting worse every release so check this out.

Enter the new Cyrstal Maze 40 hours left!

Me elsewhere


Woah that was a lot of links...and I feel like I missed some! you can see why I need to do this, I am pretty sure the next newsletter will be much much shorter.

Thanks for your time and have a great weekend ! 

Illustration of Pluto as it falls in love with the passing Satalite only to be broken hearted when it only flys pass