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Olly Browning
A freelance writer and graphic designer in London. Follow me on Twitter @yourolly.

Throughout lockdown, no matter how stressed out or locked-in I’ve been feeling, there’s one form of content that can doubtlessly provide me with hours of mindless, cathartic entertainment: fail videos. God I love them. There’s something about watching people trying and failing at something outdoors that makes me feel a…


At the end of this week, the public library from my home island of Guernsey, the Guille-Allez Library, will be hosting its first-ever “Drag Queen Story Time”. It’s a series of two reading sessions, co-organised by the library itself, Drag Queen Story Time, a UK-based nonprofit, and Liberate, Guernsey’s only…


The Wild West of Useless Apps (an extremely crude artist’s impression)

Say it with me: there are too many apps. At a time when there’s more concern than ever about our privacy, our phones spying on us, and Weather apps selling our location data, I find it mind-boggling that there are still so many apps out there focused entirely on menial…


A few weeks ago, after a long and exhausting day of work, I made a whistlestop dash around M&S to grab a ready meal for a lazy dinner. At the self-checkout (of which there are throngs of them in a huge line, all shouting over each other,) I noticed something…


For someone who gets anxious pretty easily, going freelance and starting a company certainly hasn’t been the easiest (or necessarily the smartest) challenge of my career. Despite what I’m about to share, please know that working for yourself absolutely is exciting and worth all the risks you hear about: I…


Are you in the market for a hood for your cat? Or maybe an ancient Chinese torture device?

Well, it’s your lucky day, because Wish, the super cheap shopping app that offers “cut-rate prices by shipping directly from manufacturers in China”(Forbes) has been going advert-crazy on Facebook lately.

Huge congrats for ad copy that features neither jackets OR coats

In what…


The wonderful subreddit /r/shittykickstarters today alerted me to a new crowdfunding campaign for ‘Sego’ — the ‘world’s first dedicated pet sitter and companion’.

Sounds sweet, right? The idea is that it’s a little robot on wheels that’ll look after your pets whilst you go on holiday. You can log in…


I was flattered recently to not only get some great responses to my first column in Business Brief, but to also be invited back this month to write another. …


Image: Aurigny

UPDATE: Euan Mahy from Aurigny was kind enough to call me this afternoon and talk about my post. Rest assured, in Aurigny’s original press release, some of the issues I raised below indeed got a mention, and were scoped in the new agency contract in the first place, which I’m…


Sometimes, I’ll come across an advert which is so bad — so heinously wrong in one way or another — that I can’t help but talk about it. Welcome to Badvertising: my occasional roundup of advertisements that just miss their mark in one way or another.

The idea spawned from a terrible advert I spotted at Weybridge train station this week. I can confidently say it’s one of the worst Out of Home ads I’d seen on a transport network, and since then, I’ve not been able to stop looking at other ads with an ultra-pessimistic…

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