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…

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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