Creative tools and techniques

From how to run a brainstorm to how to use an apostrophe, you'll find it here. Let us know what you find useful and what's missing that you'd really like to see.

‘But you can’t start a sentence with a conjunction.’

Is it okay to start a sentence with ‘and’ or ‘but’? The answer is very simple – yes. The idea that it’s grammatically incorrect to start a sentence with a conjunction like ‘and’, ‘but’ or ‘so’ is just a myth. I know, I know. It’s…

Peculiar grammatical terms

Have you ever wanted to impress someone in the pub with your knowledge of grammar? Of course you have. And to help you out, we’ve put together a list of unusual (and funny sounding) grammatical terms, from ‘bangorrhea’ to ‘tittle’. Bangorrhea ‘Exclamation marks!!!! I love…

People Silhouette Tutorial

This is the second of my Photoshop tutorials showing you how to make people silhouettes. I suspect this one will be watched a bit more than the object one as, without a doubt, people are harder to do. It is well worth all the time…

Objects Silhouette Tutorial

This tutorial business is hard work. After a bit of trial and error and too much cringing at the sound of my own voice (see if you can count the number of ‘ums’) I have created two Photoshop tutorial videos, demonstrating how we make Macmillan…

International Apostrophe Day

Our poor old apostrophe is under threat. As well as starting to disappear from high streets across the UK, it was almost removed from street signs in Devon earlier this year (hooray for the Plain English Campaign). So today, on International Apostrophe Day, we’re celebrating it. After all,…