Hack tool, please contact support – WordPress

I came across an error recently that users were getting when trying to login to book events on a wordpress site. The error was:

“Hack tool, please contact support”

That didn’t look great, and some users thought their machines were compromised. Having looked in to it, it’s a problem with the headers in the .htaccess file. To resolve this error (I’ve seen a number of users with this issue), add this block to your .htaccess file.

<ifModule mod_headers.c> 
Header set Set-Cookie wordpress_test_cookie=WP+Cookie+check 


St. Anne’s College Oxford Graduate Community Site


The new St. Anne’s College MCR (Middle Common Room) website is finally online! Previously, edits could only be done through one person and maintaining/uploading files was a nightmare. Now, everything is managed via a WordPress site (very excellent stack by the way, despite all my protests about PHP) bringing editing to all, plus event management is all integrated in to one site.


Have a look and check it out. We’re adding more content over the next few days, but much of the heavy lifting has already been done.

Research Object.org website

I’ve just finished this project for Researchobject.org which is my first WordPress (usually, I do Django) site. I did the logo, illustrations and implementation.

Research Object


Penguin Lifelines Site



I have been very fortunate to have worked on a project with a topic of particular interest to me, Penguins!!


Penguin Lifelines aims to catalogue to effects on Penguins in the Antarctic through the creation of observation sites around the Antarctic, essentially portable web cams, that beam images back to a server in Oxford. These images are then automatically analysed by image processing software to count the number of penguins in the image, and record these numbers over time. The data will then be used to inform policy and contribute to importance research in the Antarctic.

Dr. Tom Hart, from the Department of Zoology at Oxford University asked Antarctic Design to create a website for them, with the remit of increasing awareness of the project whilst also increasing the likelihood of people donating to the project.

Here are the results of the work!

penguin-lifelines-home Screen Shot 2013-03-04 at 17.07.04


If you can, please help Tom carry out this work with a donation!


OBOE | Oxford Batch Operating Environment – branding and site

I’ve just finished this project for OBOE, a project based at Oxford University which allows scientists to disseminate their algorithms for use on high performance machines. Here is a screenshot of the finished site.


Updated portfolio

I’m in the process of updating the site, mainly to remove some of the text currently shown as an image and to make things more dynamic. Here is the first change, a cleaner portfolio, no need to drag the projector reel like before.

Higher res graphic and whatever else that has been created when a logo is clicked on.


Earth Microbiome Project logo

For some reason, I never blogged about this…probably because I’m lazy. Anywho, here is the logo currently in use by the earth microbiome project.

The bubbles forming the earth correspond to microbial populations which are then measured by the project, which is why they are sucked into the text. The t was originally a test tube, but I thought that this was a bit too much.


Genomic Standards Consortium Biodiversity working group logo

A while ago, I redesigned the GSC logo, the case study is available from here.

I was then approached to create another logo, based on this new GSC logo for the biodiversity working group, and this is what I came up with.

The logo keeps the general style of the GSC logo itself but adds in elements about biodiversity, incorporating land, sea and air.


Adding/Deleting tags on Git

I didn’t find out how to do this so easily, especially the deletion part, so I hope it’s of use to some of you 🙂

To add a tag:
git tag -a v1.0 - m "Stable release 1.0"
git push --tags

To delete a tag:
git tag -d v1.0
git push origin :v1.0


Earth Microbiome Project Meeting app – a sneak preview

Coming soon…I hope to upload to the app store by Sunday, in plenty of time for the meeting at the BGI, China in June.

I’ll let you know when it’ll be available!