gilest.org

Projects
both personal and professional

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Monochrome (2019) ↑
An email newsletter about my efforts to become a better black and white photographer https://monochrome.substack.com

Listening to 1001 albums before I die (2019)
Because otherwise, how will know which of them are the good ones? https://gilest.org/1001.html

Black and white and RSS (2019)
A set of photos you can only view if you subscribe to an RSS feed. https://gilest.org/bwrss.html

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Signals (2018-) ↑
A twice-yearly printed periodical, created and edited on behalf of Public Digital. https://public.digital/signals

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NOT ifications (2018) ↑
A bot that tweets the opposite of notifications. https://twitter.com/NOT_ifications

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A guide to agile communication (2018) ↑
A short summary of things I often say in meetings, written for colleagues in government. https://defradigital.blog.gov.uk/a-guide-to-agile-communication/

Use the human voice (2017-)
Me, branching out on my own after working in government for a few years. A limited company and means for me to send invoices to people. https://usethehumanvoice.com

BoA Ticket Machine (2017-2018)
Documenting the ways and times that the only ticket machine at Bradford on Avon railway station is not working. https://boaticketmachine.carrd.co

Hackit manifesto (2017)
A short day’s work, resulting in a long-lived set of principles to help a newly formed digital team. http://hackit.org.uk/how-we-work/hackit-manifesto

Doing Presentations (2017)
With Russell Davies, Ella Fitzsimmons and Matthew Sheret, this website is a simple guide to doing presentations well. http://www.doingpresentations.com

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Editing “Content Design” (2017) ↑
Author Sarah Richards asked me to edit her first book, Content Design. The result was widely praised for its clarity and usefulness. Mark Hurrell did the design work. https://contentdesign.london/book/

A GDS story (2016)
My final act at GDS was to complete the first piece of work I’d been given there: a web-based history, documenting everything that the organisation had achieved in its first few years. https://gds.blog.gov.uk/story

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It’s ok (2016) ↑
A poster designed to help newcomers to GDS feel at home. Words by me and other members of the GDS creative team, design by Sonia Turcotte. A year later, it was exhibited at the Vienna Biennale. https://gds.blog.gov.uk/2016/05/25/its-ok-to-say-whats-ok/

Blockbox / Anti-blockbox (2014-2017)
Blockbox is a set of ideas and prompts to help you re-think your writing project. Anti Blockbox is a parallel-universe set of prompts that hate you and your stupid idea. https://gilest.org/blockbox.html

Luvly (2014)
A book made of old bits of internet I found lying around on my rented server. Good enough for reading while you’re sitting on the loo. Not much better than that, though. https://gilest.org/luvly.html

Bad transport poetry (2013-2014)
Initially a Little Printer publication, later a newspaper you could print on demand, this was a collection of terrible poems about public transport. Not poems about bad public transport. The difference is important. https://gilest.org/bad-transport-poetry.html

The John Peel record collection playlist (2012)
Peel’s record collection was published online for the first time since his death. No-one had thought to turn it into a Spotify playlist, so I decided to do something about that. https://gilest.org/peel-playlist.html

Twitter by Post (2011)
Actually doing Twitter through the post. It was expensive and very time consuming but also quite a lot of fun. This project was a finalist in the Online Journalism Awards 2012. http://www.themorningnews.org/article/twitter-by-post

“Eating” (2010)
A short EP of silly acapella songs. Keep your expectations low. https://gilest.org/eating-ep.html

Winner of the Best Regional Chip Shop Award, 2006 (2010)
Short fiction, published by Every Day Fiction. https://everydayfiction.com/winner-of-the-regional-best-chip-shop-award-2006-by-giles-turnbull/

Rising Slowly (2008)
A blog about the weather https://risingslowly.tumblr.com

Satire and silliness for The Morning News (2007-2014)
Contributions included names for Lego bits, talking dogs, political nonsense, explaining cricket, strange job interviews, tactful beds, playful kittens, internet noises, and many more. https://themorningnews.org/archive/author/giles-turnbull

Moments from pop music history (2007-2014)
Things that got left out of official band histories. Not all of them very true. https://gilest.org/pop-moments.html

gorjuss (sporadically 199? - 2015, approx)
An email newsletter, long long long before they were the new cool thing. https://gilest.org/gorjuss-mailing-list.html

How to catch mice (2002)
For a while after it was published, this page was the top hit on Google for “how to catch mice”. Unexpectedly and delightfully, the comments became a community. At least one couple got married after meeting each other in the comments on this page. https://gilest.org/how-to-catch-mice.html


(16 September 2018)