|This is an archived version of my home page from 2000.
The current version of this timeline is here.
(Click here for a Random Phil)
|Houston||MS in Studies of the Future at University of Houston-Clear Lake
It seemed like a good idea when I was sick of London. And the weather is certainly a great improvement. You can see the papers I've been writing, many of which I really like.
|Deputy Editor at Capital Interactive
Ugh, too, too long. The shallow fun of meeting stars didn't make up for having to listen to Capital all day.
|1997||Webmaster at Syzygy
It was OK. But everyone else ran away about the same time I did. I cobbled stuff together for sites such as Cartoon Network UK, Excite UK, Pepsi UK, the V&A, Wilkinson Sword, WPP, and, erm, Whiskas.
|SW USA photos|
|London||Burning Man photos|
|1996||Alpha Geek at Wired UK
I wasn't that geeky, but I managed to blag a job as sysadmin and they were crazy days when any job title seemed possible. I couldn't believe I had a job there, and it was all thanks to v1.0 going pear shaped. But eventually v2.0 also disappeared. The new economy's so fickle. I've yet to enjoy a job as much as the first few months there.
|Page Layout Artist, Bristol United Press
A part-time job sticking laser-printed "news" onto the Evening Post's pages with a scalpel, hot wax and black tape.
|Modelmaker at Aardman Animations
Freelance, and more off than on. But it was fun, and the biggest pay cheques I could then imagine. Worked on ads for Chevron, Lurpak, Weetos, and a couple of days on A Close Shave.
I made £100 from one illustration in GQ. I was glad when I lucked out at Aardman.
|BA Graphics & Illustration at UWE
Had a great time, and loved Bristol which was why I stayed. Made lots of fantastic friends; made many stupidly arty (as opposed to good) things; wimped out and avoided far too many parties; learnt a lot; did some paintings rather than spend my time on those nasty computers; went on an amazing mystery field trip to Berlin, Innsbruck, Venice and Bognor Regis; saw stars explode in a Martian sky; learnt about old Dutch paintings; discovered how much I enjoy movies; made many, many things out of mounting board; discovered how much I enjoy going to gigs; got drunk; cycled up and down hills; failed to learn French. (One of these is not true.)
|Witham||La Defense photos|
|Foundation Course at Braintree College
Wow, you can do this art stuff all the time! I learnt how to do things other than the small black and white pen drawings of which I had previously been so proud.