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Ben
London
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
Went to see Designs of the Year 2016 in the new Design Museum. They were queueing over two floors to see exhibitions. I love the eclectic (ie random) nature of the DotY show. Good to see my nomination for MTV's... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Noisy Decent Graphics
I can't remember why I bought this book. Did Saul Bass have an exhibition at the Design Museum? I don’t think so. The blurb tells us it was the first book published of his work. 15 years after his death.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Noisy Decent Graphics
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It's 8 years today (ish) since we printed 1,000 of Things Our Friends Have Written On The Internet which became a business, Newspaper Club, which has just printed it's 12 millionth newspaper. That's a huge achievement. Well done Newspaper Clubbers!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I bought this when I was Design Director at w+k. I think we were doing a pitch and we wanted to use some hand drawn type so I bought this as inspiration. This book contains various photographs of type sketched... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
"The future is open to suggestions." This is a particularly bad example. The usual rules apply: read it out loud. Say it like a normal person would speak it, not in that dramatic advertising voice. If in doubt use my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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I've uploaded my music charts to flickr as usual. Seven years now. This year Last.fm have made their own, lovely review of the year thing. Not sure how the url will hold up www.last.fm/user/goodide/listening-report/year Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I bought this after the exhibition which I reviewed here back in October 2011. The exhibition was great and I think a huge success for the Design Museum. Kenneth Grange does exactly the type of design I love; function first... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I own these books. I’ll never read them. I only many books like this about design, mostly monographs of designers. When I bought them I don’t think I ever intended to read them, yet I still bought them. I imagine... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Phil writing about kettles is brilliant. Obvs. "I should have added “doesn’t make us angry” to my list of requirements." Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I really like the Spotify ads that are around at the moment. I like the simplicity of the message. I like the simple but bold graphic style. But most of all I like the way the language feels like Spotify... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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A listener writes in to ask about the progress of Diana's Diner. This may be the new Diana's Diner. We're a year in. More here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Driving back from breakfast on Sunday morning I noticed a Lamborghini in front of me and then one behind me. A Lambo sandwich. Nothing that unusual in West London tbh. Driving further, I noticed more "supercars" and then the street... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
We live near the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and I’ve started swimming there. There is much to be written about this architecturally and socially. This is just a quick blog post, so lower your expectations accordingly. Designed by LCC... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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"The design of profitable digital products + services can limit your world view to an extremely narrow perspective." Required reading for design students and professionals. Good article pointed out by Russell. Make you think. Great gifs too. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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I was hoping someone would do this apartmentadvertising.wordpress.com My money was on Bridle. We need some London ones. Found via Edwin Heathcote, the way they market flats (apartments) is so odd. It’s usually three words that sound vaguely aspirational but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Went to see the Arup exhibition. Good, worth a visit, too small like all these design exhibitions. Russell, you would like it. It’s in that funny little space to the left as you enter the V&A. It’s very well made,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
A few nights ago at the London Design Festival annual dinner, Sir Kenneth Grange was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Medal. Richly deserved. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I saw Richard Rogers in conversation with Christopher Turner as part of the London Design Biennale. Sorry for the poor picture. Rogers was wearing an amazing pink shirt and green jacket combo that would make most people look like kids... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Went to Interesting 2016 the other day. It was as good as the other Interestings but a bit shorter. Lisa spoke about her books, which are amazing. You can find out more about them here. You can also buy them... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
The comments on Yahoo! answers are positively good. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I did my first Parkrun on Saturday. 5 sunny kilometres around Dulwich Park. I loved it. Great atmosphere. Good fun. Parkrun is a phenomenon there are about 150,000 runners every Saturday all across the globe. There were about 200 people... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I bought an Amazon Dash button last week. Obviously. Ordering one is easy enough, it costs £4.99 which gets deducted off your first purchase. I chose Andrex as that’s the only brand I could us using in this household. We... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics