Ah, October, season of mellow missed meetings and fruit-less-ness. Anyone that’s been around the block a bit will know that as sure as Spring/Summer trends predict Breton stripy tops, clients will gaze nonchalantly at gmail calendars and splutter ‘but we’ve 12 weeks’ to the booze-fuelled close down masquerading at a religious holiday – when it’s […] Read the post.
The Indifference Economy
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, […] Read the post.
Just playing about
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 […] Read the post.
How’re you holding up? Trouble concentrating? Me too. There’s a Czech word for that – litost. The author Milan Kundera caught it – “a state of torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery.” Ok, ok, so misery is maybe a bit strong (but not for many who really are in actual crisis) […] Read the post.
G is the new T
Was reading a post about why designers quit their jobs and the the top three (totalling over 50% of the reasons given) were basically A. I don’t like the work, B. I can see a way of fixing that, because c. The culture here sucks. The pattern was predominant in specific areas of expertise, where […] Read the post.
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 […] Read the post.
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