Strange times provoke strange thoughts – not helped when the news is a constant barrage of mixed messages about how we’re all going to be doing economically in the next few years – and what’s bothering me is what kind of an economy are we going to be living through next? I’m asking myself this, […]
Every time it happens – and it’s rarer these days – I just want to grind my teeth. That moment when the client says, super-casual-like, ‘just have a play around with it.’ Because that’s really what we do, isn’t it? Creative work can be regarded as a kind of (semi) legitimised play, with crayons and […]
Had a walk around the famous (well, it is, sort of) Park Hill estate in Sheffield and up close you can understand why the rehabilitation of this maligned solution to post-war housing is such a success. The superstructure is a designer’s dream of wonderful grids, cutaways and reveals, with the rescued concrete frame now a […]
Meda designed a revitalised head office for a leading automotive brand, resulting in a warm, welcoming set of spaces that facilitate hybrid working practices.
Or ’In praise of design’s own wriggly tin’ Round these parts, and especially in the rural-economy side of things, there are hundreds of buildings of all shapes and sizes composed for the greater part of wriggly tin (or corrugated iron sheeting to give it its more formal name.) The one in the feature image is […]
“Humanity makes headway by going in circles” You know that feeling, where you’ve been stuck in a project that just seems endless? The one with the file names that spiral into _final_FINAL_v23_081022_update.pdf Exhausting isn’t it? And more importantly, how on earth to you keep mentally attached – or better still, keep finding at ways to […]
You’ll like hear people, exasperatedly, exclaim that they’re ‘lost for words’. That the lexicon failed them. Which is a strange thing isn’t it? They just used… three words in a short phrase that perfectly captures a complex set of emotions. It’s a weird thing, to blame language for a failure to be able to communicate, […]
Is the ability to design a innate characteristic or does it have to be learned? I was reading an article by Risto Lähdesmäki, where in tracking trends on UX for the coming year, he centred in on design as a core skill. No surprises there, you’d hope as much. But this trait isn’t only for […]