Projects

๐Ÿ‘† Giles on the radio (2020-)
Presenting the 2-4pm slot on Fridays at West Wilts Radio; archive at http://gilesontheradio.com

๐Ÿ‘† 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 dieย (2019-)ย 
Otherwise, how will I know which ones are the good ones?ย https://gilest.org/projects/1001-albums/

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

๐Ÿ‘† Signals (2018-)
A twice-yearly printed periodical, created and edited on behalf of Public Digitalhttps://public.digital/signals

๐Ÿ‘† NOT ifications (2018)
A bot that tweets the opposite of notifications. https://twitter.com/NOT_ifications

๐Ÿ‘† 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://gilest.org/usethehumanvoice

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

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

๐Ÿ‘† Editing โ€œContent Designโ€ (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 Iโ€™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

๐Ÿ‘† Itโ€™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 Biennalehttps://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/2017/blockbox

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

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/2013/bad-transport-poetry/

The John Peel record collection playlist (2012) 
Peelโ€™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. http://gilest.org/2012/johnpeel

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

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 bitstalking dogspolitical nonsenseexplaining cricketstrange job interviewstactful bedsplayful kittensinternet 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/category/pop-moments/

gorjuss (sporadically 199? – 2015, approx) 
An email newsletter, long long long before they were the new cool thing. https://gilest.org/2014/gorjuss-mailing-list/

How to catch mice (2002) 
For a while after it was published, this page was the top hit on Google for โ€œhow to catch miceโ€. 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/a/how-to-catch-mice.html