Well, there’s a thing. A few articles up (the one about yellow) I made a rather tongue-in-check prediction about ‘next years colour’ and yesterday afternoon what drops into my inbox? “Colour of the Year 2023 – Wild Wonder’ Yep. Yellow. Well, yellow-ish – it’s a sort-of straw colour (or hue?) – but what the heck. […]

Anyone who gets to work with brands, at the execution rather than origination-end of things, will know what a joy it can be to work within the strictures of The Guideline. They’re fun things, full of blowy intention and contorted neologisms fronting up a series of Rules about what you may and may not do […]

The United Nations’ secretary general, António Guterres, writing yesterday said that “We have been extraordinarily lucky so far. But luck is not a strategy.” And where nuclear arms’ misunderstandings are concerned, I can’t think of more accurate assessment.  Don’t know about you, but I’ve left an awful lot to trust. It’s pretty much my default, well, er, […]

In ‘hold the front page’ news, the pundits on BBC Radio 4 offered that the race to choose this country’s next leader might well be decided by an electorate whose primary source of news – and so opinion – is still newspapers. That Fleet Street’s finest should be holding such sway will come as news […]

Was rummaging around in the draws looking for a cable adapter, so as the screen could talk to the computer (or possible vice-versa) at the correct ratio and what I thought was box file full of usb-b-c-firewire-dongle-port-rgb spaghetti turned out to be a collection of the designer’s go-to inspiration – a stash (possibly a ‘deck’, […]

Hanging up on the wall in the office there are a whole bunch of stencils that interior designers and architects used to use daily when setting out plans on paper. There’s everything in these glorious little plastic worlds, from tables to toilets, plants, people, plumbing; everything you need to figure out what a space can […]

When I was young (and this was all fields, etc.), when I’d ask someone where they’d been, the reply was often ‘there and back to see how far it is’. Which usually meant, none of your business, nosey. It never really occurred to me what a strange turn of phrase it was – a kind […]

It’s often said, or at least I’ve heard, that, ‘well, everyone’s a designer’; the inference being everyone’s opinion is equally valid when it comes to really subjective stuff (like ‘design’.) But criticism is really important (as critical thinking and questioning the what of the how, etc.) and I’m not here to pick fights with points […]

Quite where the odd words spring from that kick off a thread is a mystery to me. The just tend to appear when I’m doing mindless chores or really late at night (in which case I need to write them down – in case I forget. It must have been important, why else would it […]

Today’s musing was spurred on from reading an article at the weekend by Alex Hern (here – https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/jul/10/exit-the-internet-enter-the-metaverse-your-online-future-is-in-3d) reviewing a new book (an interesting choice of channel to publish through) by Matthew Ball – The Metaverse: How It Will Revolutionize Everything. You likely know by now I’m not a fanboy of the platform – I’d […]