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I am Group Design Director at the Co-operative Group. I am also Governor of University of the Arts London, an advisor to the London Design Festival and an angel investor in Bowndling and Cavendish Keble. I founded and recently sold Newspaper Club. I have won numerous awards including the Design Museum's Design of the Year and a D&AD Black Pencil.
Interests: design
Recent Activity
I grew up in a small village in Wiltshire. There used to be a goat tied to the phone box and there was one bus a week to the nearest town. Today the population is 600 and they’ve built a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Russell and I have made it into the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition this year. Half and half scarves are a modern phenomenon. Football scarves normally show your allegiance for your team, but the half and half scarf is more like... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
This is a wonderful sign. It's in a cafe called Beans love Greens on Calvert Ave in Shoreditch. The simplicity of the 'strapline' is nice and I guess it was once above a newsagent in Hackney. These days I'm sceptical... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
68. This is a train that looks like a plane. The Schienenzeppelin or rail zeppelin. 69. A lesson in non-compete agreements Martin Sorrell has vowed to “start again”, weeks after his departure from WPP. A few weeks ago (para 64)... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Of all the silly things agencies do this is one of the silliest and the best For w+k London's 20th anniversary they had a massive cake made of all their best ads. Utter nonsense. Brilliant. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Richard Turley and friends have launched a newspaper in New York. It looks great, you should buy a copy. But the best bit, the bit that's the most fun and the most clever is this. Genius. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
63. Jon Marshall co-founder of MAP joined Pentagram Always a frisson on the forums when Pentagram appoint a new partner. I’m excited by this one, Marshall is exactly who Pentagram should be appointing. The mix of classic product design with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
So much of modern communication is like this. Badly written, poorly designed, unclear, confusing, multi-layered ideas that look like phishing. Here's the rational behind using Arnie, “He’s like a fitness instructor for decision making, he is only a head because... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Here’s a picture of the Apple Store in Bluewater, a shopping mall in Kent. It could be any Apple Store anywhere. Notice that it has nothing in the windows. No marketing collateral, no promotional offers, no posters, no displays, no... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I have absolutely no idea what caused this spike or where these visitors came from, but welcome newcomers! Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
55. Not one mention of London's Ark But this is still good, 13 stunning buildings that look like boats 56. Citymapper made a bus but the bus isn’t the important bit, obvs Citymapper started a bus route age ago. And... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I went to the Design Museum’s Hope to Nope exhibition at the weekend. It was good, I enjoyed it, Russell you should go and then you can look at the screens and the Ferrari exhibition. More about the screens later.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Walked by Project 84 the yesterday day. A campaign by male suicide prevention charity CALM with sculptures by Mark Jenkins, there are 84 sculptures of young men on the roof of the ITV building on the South Bank to highlight... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
* * * * John Maeda Design In Tech Special * * * * The fourth Design In Tech report by John Maeda is out. Looks like a Pet Shop Boys album which is no bad thing. As usual it’s... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Way, way back in 2007 when no-one cared whether you said blog or blog post they were just happy you were blogging, I wrote about the British Railways Board Environment Identity Scheme which I was a bit obsessed with since... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Whenever there is lots of reporting around an intangible news event I get frustrated at the terrible graphics. The Credit Crunch a few years ago was a good example of this. Brexit is an almost perfect example of the phenomenon.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
On the 15th January Carillion filed for compulsory liquidation. A construction company that provided services such as school meals, hospital maintenance, and defence accommodation. They employed 43,000 people. Carillion’s strapline was “making tomorrow a better place”. Their logo was a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
50. Dave Addey who writes the blog Typeset In The Future is writing a book. I’m assuming you will all like that. 51. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of the Phoebus Cartel before. A cartel of Osram, General Electric,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I bought this radio at least 10 years ago, maybe 12. The Roberts EcoLogic3. It sounds good, it has buttons that are well laid out and are pleasing to use. It’s white and goes with the rest of the kitchen.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
That's a great line. It's from Trudeau's speech at Davos. But this lesser reported line is also important, “You are rightly anxious about how quickly our existing business models are being disrupted. Still, if you’re anxious, imagine how the folks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
44. Modern Matter have laid out the latest issue of their magazine on a billboard. Fun and I bet sales go up. Modern Matter Billboard (via MagCulture) 45. WPP merged together five of its design consultancies; Brand Union, Lambie-Nairn, The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Primal Scream album cover 2000 The Economist print cover 2018 Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Remember this story about a lady in Kensington who painted her house with red and white stripes because of some dispute with the neighbours? (No, just me?) I've always wanted to see what it was like. Eyesore or delightful cheery... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics