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The personal site of Tom Coates, co-founder of Product Club

Last Build Date: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:24:49 +0000


On being adult about childish behaviour…

Sat, 30 Mar 2013 06:37:41 +0000

I promised myself I wouldn’t get involved in the whole debate about Adria Richards, but as it drags on and more and more articles are written about it, I find myself troubled by the extent of the polarisation going on. On one side we have the people who are arguing fundamentally that Adria Richards over-reacted Read More

On Falling Over…

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 00:08:55 +0000

In 2008 I moved to the US and within six months I’d paralysed my left arm doing something stupid in the office. For a while I didn’t know if it was ever going to recover. It was one of the most disturbing experiences of my life and it happened in the most trivial of ways. Read More

My last day at Yahoo!

Fri, 14 May 2010 18:21:43 +0000

It's been a pretty extraordinary ride, all things considered. I came into the company at the same time as a whole bunch of extraordinary people, a number of whom I've had the honour of working with at some time or another. I've met a whole bunch of brilliant, new, amazing people through the company - far too many in fact to list with any degree of comprehensiveness.

Should we encourage self-promotion and lies?

Sat, 16 Jan 2010 19:04:56 +0000

A couple of days ago, Clay Shirky wrote a piece on his blog called A Rant About Women which took as its subject the comparative comfort with which some men are prepared to market themselves, mislead and lie to get ahead compared to women. I’ve been reading responses to this piece on Twitter and elsewhere, Read More

Links for 2008-08-23

Sat, 23 Aug 2008 18:36:34 +0000

God, will you look at these Microsoft TV adverts from the last ten thousand years. Some of them are so painful, I can’t watch them all the way through. I wish I could be in Brighton for dConstruct 2008 – it looks like it’s going to be great fun Matt Biddulph and Matt Jones, Burka, Read More

Links for 2008-07-20

Sun, 20 Jul 2008 01:38:11 +0000

“Erik Huggers made BBC new media boss” I don’t know the man at all There was clearly some succession planning going on here, though, which doesn’t entirely fill me with joy. Sigh. All electronic music fans need to listen to Delia Derbyshire’s “Experimental Dance Track” from the late sixties on this BBC News story Extraordinary. Read More

Links for 2008-05-22

Thu, 22 May 2008 01:31:57 +0000

The Online Shoppe of Christopher David Ryan includes some lovely bits of design involving Apple Shortcuts Pretty much as design nerdy as you get without actually replacing your limbs with anglepoise lamps and Eames chairs. How Many Five Year Olds Could You Take in a Fight? Apparently I could take eighteen.

Links for 2008-05-13

Tue, 13 May 2008 01:50:26 +0000

Domestic sell all kinds of weird and awesome vynil stickers and stuff to put on walls I think we’re going to try and get some of these for the Brickhouse office to design it up a bit. The more it feels like a teenager’s bedroom, the more creative we’ll be.

Links for 2008-04-22

Tue, 22 Apr 2008 01:46:55 +0000

Plazes has added support for Fire Eagle! And this blog post explains all the value that they’re getting out of being involved. Very excited to have them with us!

Links for 2008-04-17

Thu, 17 Apr 2008 01:42:53 +0000

Jeremy Paxman’s position on ‘User Generated Content’ should now be clear And truth be told, he’s right. The last few years have seen a decent number of fairly feeble attempts to harness the wisdom of the crowds that do indeed end up schlocky and amateurish. People will get better at it in time. There’s a Read More