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 […]

Maybe it’s just me, but there seems to be a lot of the 1970’s about at the moment? Was taking a dip through the state of graphic design and from identity to packaging, my eye kept snagging on shades of 1973 which set me to wondering why it was – or, why am I ‘seeing’ that? […]

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 […]

It seems that last year may have been the year when the automotive industry turned a corner, leaving behind a century of steady development, and entered a brave new world where its decades-old business model becomes increasingly irrelevant, thanks in no small part to the involvement of (or interference by, depending on your view) the technology sector.

Motor shows continue to be snubbed by big automotive brands, who are increasingly attending events such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This year’s CES saw myriad automotive-related products and services launched, including important announcements from Faraday Future, Harman, TomTom and Delphi, while the keynote address was delivered by Carlos Ghosn (Chairman and CEO of Renault and Nissan, and Chairman of Mitsubishi Motors).

A fair few articles last year were based around imaging future shapes for car dealerships, and the consequent changes these adjustments might bring to the experience the real estate might provide. All the posts (I think) were predicated on keeping the cars. But what might happen to the places we’re building should the current usage […]

Prompted by an article forwarded to me today, in Autocar, where BMW were reported as speculating (as always) on the future shape (and even future of) the car dealership, I remembered the day before news about Shanghai studio Neri&Hu’s project, converting an old missile factory in Beijing into an office… …and car repair garage. The Garage […]

On first glance, I thought this was a comp from a pitch-deck by an ad agency or media co. …but no, it would appear that we have a new new-media opportunity, courtesy of the Ubernauts, using drones to fly messages to drivers; in this case, asking them why they’re stuck in a jam and not […]