Here’s a good read (thank you, as always, Nautilus) on why we should take words (and writing) seriously. Especially puns. Why? Because the ambiguity our language offers isn’t simply an excuse for seriously unpunny puns, but an opportunity to explore “how languages use words to capture reality and how the words we inherit as native […]

First-off, happy New Year of the Rooster to our readers. Secondly, how about we kick-off the first post for 2017 with an idea spotted on designboom of the Masters Thesis of Eric Wong – entitled ‘Cohesion’ – calling for a new idea of what it means to be united (as opposed to what could be a […]

With the news that the original set of emoji’s are now honoured at the MoMA, the explosion of a new language of characters (beyond our humble 26 plus numbers and diacritics in English) to express what were thinking can seem a little, well, flat, sometimes. But no longer, thanks to Rejoinders, by Molly Young which […]

Spotted on FastCo’s design magazine, here’s the thing: how do you design packaging to protect its contents without spending more money on expensive protective materials? The answer is… you don’t. You make use of an ingenious camouflage: No matter who was doing the shipping, too many of our bikes arrived looking like they’d been through […]

I’ve just finished Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Landmarks’ and if you were ever lost for words, here’s the perfect antidote. The book is a paean (a song of praise or triumph, in this instance to the names we give {gave?} things) against the steady erosion of words which perfectly capture the smallest of observations (so a smeuse? […]