This is Ben's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Ben's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Ben
London
I am Head of Design at the Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office, HM Government, where I lead a team of multi-disciplinary designers behind GOV.UK which won the Design Museum's Design of the Year and a D&AD Black Pencil.
Interests: design
Recent Activity
It's an odd sign, really. Other bank brands customers' can use this machine, not all of them and we're not tellling you exactly which ones, but these ten can. Don't know how old that sign is but after mergers and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Image
Further to this post three weeks ago it was one year of taking this picture. One year of not a lot happening. From this: To this. As ever weekly updates here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
This is a City of London bollard in Swanage, Dorset which is not in London. I noticed it on a walk early one morning. Here are some more. The internet has more info, "Many architecturally interesting buildings and monuments were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
You might like to read it - What’s the design process at GDS? Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Image
A few days ago Mike wrote a post about the prison visit booking system we're working on with MoJ Digital. He visited HMP Rochester, "This visit opened my eyes to just how hard people will work to cope with inadequate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Image
The boss has written a blog post. Read it, and understand that digital transformation isn't just the website. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Remember One Second Everyday? You take one second of video everyday and it stitches them together to make a little video. I started doing it a year ago today. I haven't done it everyday but I have managed 252 days... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
You have probably seen but in case you haven't, Newspaper Club have launched a new thing. PaperLater lets you save the good bits of the web to print — so you can enjoy them away from a screen. It’s similar... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I went on a tour of Brunel's Thames Tunnel at the weekend. It's the tunnel for the East London line that runs from Rotherhithe to Wapping. I didn't know what to expect but it was pretty amazing. Beautiful in parts.... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Small little bits of graphics design that add up to a consistent design personality for the company. Nice. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Here it says Man Utd won the Champions League in 2011, when they didn't Barcelona did. What's odd is on the the same page, maybe 3 inches down and to the right they have another graphic that gets it right... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
99% of the time I'd settle for this. From Emily. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Massimo Vignelli is very ill and would like people to send him letters. Michael Bierut, whose other job was at Vignelli Associates, says, "Luca said that Massimo would be thrilled to get notes of good wishes from people whom he's... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
"After Google, I find myself impatient with the way the world works. Why is it so hard to schedule a recording on my DVR? Why aren't all the signal lights synched to keep traffic flowing at optimum speed? Why, if... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I have never made a telly or a remote control of any kind. I have no idea of the kind of challenges those people face. But it seems odd to me that an extra button labelled OFF is needed on... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
One of the joys of GDS is getting work with people like Paul Downey who does wonderful drawings like this one below. You should watch this film of him talking about his doodles. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I love these. No idea why they're doing them. But who cares. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
We went to the Matisse exhibition at the Tate the other day. It's good, not as good as the press seem to think it is. I wouldn't say "Nothing can prepare you for the joyous brilliance". It's worth a visit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Not actual engine oil. I'm reminded of the Danny Baker story about a woman who poured paraffin on her fish thinking the lamp was a fancy olive oil dispenser. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
"We start from the presumption that our people are talented and want to contribute. We accept that, without meaning to, our company is stifling that talent in myriad unseen ways. Finally, we try to identify those impediments and fix them."... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
On Saturday I toured the Neon Museum in Las Vegas. Sometimes called the Neon Boneyard or Graveyard it's a collection of old signs, not all neon, from the casinos and hotels of Las Vegas. Some have been fully restored, some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I went to see Thomas Heatherwick talk at the Design Museum the other night. It's been a busy week for talks. Heatherwick is, of course, a genius. Lovely bloke, very down to earth humble way of presenting. He even had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Clay Shirky came into the office yesterday. One of the many interesting points he made was people moan about there being information overload these days, which is nonsense, ever since Gutenberg it's been impossible to keep up with all the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics