Chris Thomas

I am a designer working in graphic and interaction design. I work at the Government Digital Service, where I'm on the GOV.UK Design System team.



Week #? (Lockdown week ?)

  • I didn’t know how to number this weeknote because everything’s gone out of whack. Do people number weeknotes by week or by note? Maybe this isn’t a weeknote anymore. It’s just a note.
  • The worst days are the grey days where everything you look at has the same murky tone from 7 in the morning to 7 in the evening. Really emphasises the endless shapeless nature of time atm.
  • Been spending a lot of time fucking about on Ableton with a synth that Harriet got me for my 30th. I can spend hours on it.
  • Ableton is an incredible piece of software. If I’d had it when I was a teenager I would have gone mad on it. I think I used to painstakingly stitch things together on Audacity, which was absolutely dire.
  • I’ve been doing these little paintings based on Constable prints I got for 50p each in a charity shop in Tenby (actually I did these last year… I’m not saying I can see into the future there are… portents… in these)
  • Joined a union
  • Highlight of this week was probably getting some banging fish and chips from new local Knight’s Fish Bar. Proper.


Weeks #20 & 21

  • I got an Xbox on Alex T’s advice. It’s the first time I’ve played video games at length for maybe 12+ years. Things have changed. When you first get it you basically plug it in and spend the next few hours waiting for it to download games and updates. That would not have been ok on Christmas day when I was a weeun. Also what happened to split screen multiplayer?
  • It was Harriet’s birthday on Friday and we got pissed on wine and margaritas in the garden. I almost miss hangovers? Almost?
  • Enjoyed taking an hour to make a sandwich last weekend. I think this is getting to the core of what lockdown might mean to me. Slowing down perfunctory everyday activities to the point of art. Like that Jurassic Park theme done 1000% slower.
  • Repotted some house plants
  • Played on my synth
  • Put some pictures up