Mr. Murphy

Designer, Writer and Speaker


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Writing

I enjoy writing, it helps sharpen the mind and it reflects my belief that: “A good writer is a good thinker.”

My first published piece was a short review of Afro-Cuba (The Jazz Roots Of Cuban Rhythm) for WIRED in 1996, a mere 85 words for which I was handsomely paid £40. I’ve been writing ever since.

I work with businesses, helping them to develop considered content strategies that deliver. In addition to seven books – covering all aspects of design – I’ve also written chapters for anthologies, articles for magazines and essays for web-based publications.

I specialise in crafting stories that work across media, helping brands to create engaging content that stands out in a world of information overload. If you’re looking for a writer with a deep understanding of content design and content strategy, drop me a line, I’d love to make your acquaintance.

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Testimonials

Christopher worked with us to develop a suite of learning materials designed to promote Adobe XD. His knowledge of UX design is unparalleled and he’s a joy to work with.
Amanda Gross-Tuft · Content Strategist, Adobe

The content Christopher created for Hunter Savage was exemplary. He’s able to get inside a business – regardless of sector – and create content that truly works.
Ronan Savage · CEO, Hunter Savage

Christopher is a mentor in the truest sense of the word. He knows how to get inside a business and ask the right questions. His advice and support as we’ve develop the brand messaging for our product has been invaluable.
Chris Armstrong · Founder, Niice

Books

I’m fortunate to have written for publishers both large and small. I’m currently working on a new book on user experience design, but while I work on that the following might interest you.

Designing Delightful Experiences: A Practical Guide to User Experience Design

Designing Delightful Experiences: A Practical Guide to User Experience Design

Smashing Media, 2018

In a digital landscape where consumers expect products to ‘just work’ it’s important to differentiate your product by designing for delight. This practical guide to user experience design – which will be accompanied by a comprehensive suite of digital resources (swipe files, templates and worksheets) – is currently in production and will be published by Smashing Magazine in late 2018.

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Start! Stop Procrastinating and Pursue Your Passion

Start! Stop Procrastinating and Pursue Your Passion

Tiny Books, 2016

Have you ever had an idea for a business, but never quite managed to get it off the ground and turn it into a reality? I’ve been there and done it many times and, as an educator, I love helping others achieve success through the creation of sustainable and profitable businesses. In this practical book, I’ll help you get started so that you can turn your idea into a reality, building a profitable business.

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The Craft of Words, Parts 1 and 2

The Craft of Words, Parts 1 and 2

Five Simple Steps, 2013

Look carefully and you’ll notice that many of the most successful designs are built around words. Apple tantalises us with the ability to hold, “1,000 songs in your pocket.” MailChimp has created a wonderfully engaging brand, heavily focused around language. These two short companion volumes, originally published by Five Simple Steps, explore the role that words can play in establishing a clear brand identity.

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Anthologies

As an academic, anthologies – “published collections of literary works,” as the Oxford English Dictionary defines them – naturally interest me. I’m delighted to have written for a number of well-respected anthologies, including the following.

8 Faces: Collected

8 Faces: Collected

Margin Media, 2018

As a writer on the 8 Faces team, I contributed numerous essays and interviews for all but one of the magazine’s eight editions. I was delighted when Elliot Jay Stocks, 8 Faces’ publisher, ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to publish 8 Faces: Collected. The book contains interviews I conducted with: Hamish Muir of 8vo; Ed Fella; Stephen Sorrell and Damon Murray of FUEL; and Steven Heller.

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Smashing Book 4

Smashing Book 4

Smashing Media, 2013

I contributed the closing chapter of Smashing Book 4, ‘On Creative Spirit’, which explores the creation of ‘idea factories’. Identifying a number of common characteristics that bind together creative pioneers – from Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs – I define a series of strategies one can use to unlock an endless flow of ideas.

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The Manual: Issue 1

The Manual: Issue 1

Fiction, 2011

I was honoured to be invited to write for the inaugural edition of The Manual, a publication focused on exploring the whys and wherefores of design as it pertains to the web. ‘Designing the Mind’ posed the question: “How does the designer who is functionally competent grow professionally?” The chapter explored the importance of developing analytical and critical thinking through a three stage process that involves the intertwining of input, synthesis, and output.

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Magazines

In the world of academia, academics aspire to write for journals, scholarly periodicals aimed at researchers or specialists. I prefer to write for magazines, which embrace a real-world perspective and, more often than not, reach a wider audience. I’m delighted to have written for numerous publications, including the following.

Call of the Wild Sea

Call of the Wild Sea

Lagom: Issue 3

I was delighted to be invited to contribute an article on wild swimming for Lagom magazine’s Escape and Recharge section, exploring the importance of taking time out to recharge your creative batteries. Beautifully photographed by Dan Rubin – who captured the wilds of the rugged Donegal coastline perfectly – I was delighted with the final result.

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A Non-Graceful Shutdown

A Non-Graceful Shutdown

Offscreen: Issue 7

I’ve always appreciated Offscreen Magazine so when I met Kai Brach, Offscreen’s publisher, at Brooklyn Beta and he invited me to contribute an article to the magazine, I embraced the opportunity. The piece, titled A Non-Graceful Shutdown – beautifully illustrated by Tom Froese – highlights the often undiscussed issue of mental health in the digital industries, a topic very close to my heart.

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A Shared Future

A Shared Future

The New Adventures Newspaper: Issue 3

The landscape of interaction design is one characterised by constant flux; it’s changing and evolving at a rate we have never experienced before. Few, if any, industries reinvent themselves yearly, monthly, weekly… In this piece for The New Adventures Newspaper, I argued that we need to rally together to collectively shape a shared future.

The New Adventures Newspaper: Issue 3

Online

In addition to printed media, I also write regularly for digital media. Sadly, the web is often a fleeting medium, with many publications disappearing over time. It is, however, a thriving medium that I’m happy to write for. I’m delighted to have written for a variety of publications on the web, including the following.

Smashing Magazine + Adobe

A UX Primer

Smashing Magazine, 2017–18

I was delighted to be commissioned to write a series of ten articles on User Experience design by Smashing Magazine working in conjunction with the Adobe XD content team. The series is the foundation on which I'm building my new book – Designing Delightful Experiences – for Smashing Media.

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24 Ways

On Time; Managing Minds; and The Power of Paper

24 Ways, 2010–16

Every year since 2005, Drew McLellan has invited the web’s foremost experts to share their knowledge in his ‘advent calendar for web geeks’, 24 Ways. I’m delighted to have contributed three articles: Stretching Time, in 2016; Managing a Mind, in 2013; and Good Ideas Grow on Paper, in 2010.

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The Pastry Box

Designing a Mind

The Pastry Box, 2015

I’ve always appreciated the generous work of Alex Duloz at The Pastry Box, so I was delighted to be invited to become a contributor – or ‘baker’, in The Pastry Box’s parlance – in 2015. Across a dozen articles – one a month – I explored the creative process, from start to finish, sharing some lessons I’d learned.

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Let’s Work Together

Every business is different and every business challenge is unique. I’m more than happy to meet for a coffee, or chat via Skype, to help you define your specific goals.

If you have a problem you’d like to explore, please do get in touch. I’ll happily meet with you for an hour – with no obligations and at no cost – to explore some ideas. You’ve nothing to lose and I’ve no doubt the conversation will prove interesting.

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