My name is Alex Johnson, and I'm a 19 year old AFOL from the UK. I'm currently studying Product Design at university.
Like everyone else, I had LEGO® as a kid but only discovered the online and professional LEGO® community in 2015. I immediately got hooked with custom building, and wanted to create my own models. I looked around for help but couldn't find a place to learn the techniques and tips I needed to build the models I wanted to.
That is when I started my blog, Tips&Bricks, as a method of becoming a more capable builder. Since then, I have been able to share this journey with builders from all over the world, exploring and explaining the very best techniques, MOCs and much more .
As of July 2020, I run the blog by myself, but am currently in the process of recruiting team members, so keep an eye on our socials for that announcement!
The aims of this blog are to help anyone build a MOC, inspire new builders and provide interesting content for seasoned enthusiasts.
We also provide resources for builders in the form of handbooks. The basic Builder’s Handbooks are available for free to give everyone the start they need to advanced LEGO building.
We also offer advanced and tree techniques handbook, where technique from a range of topics are presented. We charge for the digital download of these products to keep servers running and maintain daily posts.
This blog has evolved over time, but we generally keep to the same schedule in terms of topics.
The current weekly schedule is:
MONDAY - MOC of the Week: I feature a custom build by a designer and talk about the techniques used
TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY - Techniques: I feature, analyse and explain interesting techniques
FRIDAY - Favourite Brick Friday: I select a part and discuss its uses beyond its regular applications
SATURDAY - Other: I could write about anything; everything from new pieces and set reviews to building and buying tips
SUNDAY - Technique discussion: I highlight several techniques for producing a certain aspect of a MOC, such as walls / trees