Arguably (well, I’d argue) there aren’t many things that should be closer to a designer’s (and especially a graphic designer’s) heart that an appreciation, verging on an obsession, of symbolism – or rather more specifically, symbols and their manifold meanings. The intention, covert or otherwise, of a deliberate inclusion of something symbolic within a form […]

I’m going to shuffle out on limb here, and take a moment to ask when exactly we decided everything – from a reception lobby to an exhibition to any old corner of a field at an outdoor event – needed to be an ‘immersive experience’? Now, don’t get me wrong. I love to see (and […]

Being of a certain age, I’m pretty sure the reason this phrase has stuck in my memory is that I’m only a generation away from the original audience for it. The poster, issued by The Board of Trade in the UK over 80 years ago, seems to be when it was first coined (or at […]

I often assume that it’s difference (of opinion, position, whichever) that holds things back. It occurred to me the other day that it’s indifference that’s possibly the real enemy; an engine that seems to run quietly in the background, its gears grinding decision-making to a crawl with the result that good energy, intention and aims are sacrificed and so much indistinct […]

You probably know the feeling. You’ve been slogging away and reached a point in the project where you feel like you can take a breather before the next push. But some look like they’re not relaxing. They’re still apparently working at it. So what’s going on? Are they just being busy for the sake of […]

The other day, for reasons I hope are for the best, I was locked-out of LinkedIn. Something to do with the fact, I suspect, that I forgot my password (senior moments, I know.) As a result, my account was suspended pending “account recovery.” Which hopefully means it’ll be towed to somewhere safe and refurbished with […]

Was listening to The Digital Human on Radio 4, a discussion celebrating 10 years of the programme and reviewing the trajectory of the web’s development, from an ‘unregulated’ frontier to one now in the thrall of a few major corporations and driven by algorithms. And the particularly assiduous kind, sharpening the increasingly toxic nature of […]

This year’s Nobel went (jointly, but led) by Giorgio Parisi, a physicist from Sapienza Università di Roma, for his work on complex systems. Things like the weather, or flocks of starlings , or the brain. Really complex things that can appear completely chaotic. His (and his team’s work – science, like many creative endeavours favours […]

Spotted on designboom, these fantastic Pantone Swatches re-imagine by Lisbon-based artist Teresa Freitas. Enough words, dive in… View this post on Instagram What's your favorite #pantone color for summer? A post shared by Teresa Freitas (@teresacfreitas) on Aug 3, 2016 at 5:39am PDT

This is a simple re-post from the Bank of England Bank Underground blog, but well worth a read, especially given the recent reports about the UK economic prognosis for the next year. Question is, is a predominantly finance-driven new car sales culture going to sustain the dealership business model? If not, what are the alternatives? […]