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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
In a meeting in Mountain View the other day someone said "would it pass Larry's toothbrush test?". Larry Page likes to judge new products and services by asking this question. It means can you imagine this being used twice a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Went to see Michael Craig-Martin at the Serpentine. Very good. Very short. Exhibitions seem to be getting shorter. Great colours. I've always been rubbish at colours so for a while now I've been saving pictures and taking photos of good... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Speaking at O'Reilly Design. Might be nice to meet up. Inbox me. I think it's going to rain. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I went to the Wired Retail conference late last year. Some observations. Drones are a huge distraction Over half the presentations mentioned drones or drone delivery. This feels like a huge distraction to me. We're a long way off from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Roshnee a designer I met in Mumbai six years ago has made a taxi highlighting to men the issues women face travelling in India. The BBC World Service interviewed her about it too. Important stuff. Have a listen. More details... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Bought my Dad a digital photo frame for Christmas. Hooked up to wifi you can send pictures and stuff. Basically anything with .jpeg on the end of it. Having a lot of fun with it so far. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Neil and his listeners have nominated me for Post of the Month. Glenn, Kieran, Javier, Nicky, David, Mark, Gemma and Marcus vote for me! Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I think the responsive layout works better when the pictures are massive. It gives the impression of controlled line length within the constraints of Typepad's design settings. Anyway. Good morning Glenn, Kieran, Javier, Nicky, David, Mark, Gemma and Marcus. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
This was recommended to me over Christmas. The one on the left about English Architecture, not the one on the right about Dulwich. Although the Dulwich Estate have a decent track record when it comes to modernist housing, we'll leave... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
So not even Famous Rob reads any more. Sad times.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2016 on Now responsive. Maybe. at Noisy Decent Graphics
I've spent all Christmas fiddling with my blog layout, which you should never do, to get it to work on a phone. Which it does now. It just looks rubbish everywhere else. All I really want is the simplest possible... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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"It usually comes down to a choice between two ways to go: this way or that way. And all the thinking won’t tell you which is best. So just pick one, it doesn’t matter which, and go with that." Advice... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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On Pinboard I tag a few links with the year in case I get round to blogging about it over the Christmas break. Looking back through various bits of social media it seems like I had the most fun on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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In September I gave a talk at the RSA. I tried to sum up the things I've learned about design inside large organisations from my time in government. I spoke about process and how to make that more agile and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
This is fun and looks good. Spotify Year in Music by Spotify and Stink Digital. Wonderfully my third most listened to track of the year was apparently the theme music to Test Match Special. Get your Year in Music here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Jeremy has turned his blog into a shop. And it's fantastic. A whole shop full of magazines, a complete range from Vogue Italy to the most obscure indie titles. You're encouraged to browse, they don't sell coffee or lottery tickets.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
If it isn't actually easy, then make it easy. Then make it look easy. This is the cooking instructions from pizza packaging. Not a Co-op pizza. All you really need to know is this. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Feeling Christmassy now. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
It's good in some ways. The telly is a massive, communal screen that everyone knows how to use and knows the social conventions around it. A PDF is a common format and useful enough to most people for sharing information.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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I was watching the telly the other night and for the first time in ages I noticed some ads. Turns out it was a special thing where they put all the Bond product placement ads in one ad break in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Review for Russell: Nine miles from home, a little exhibition, but you should still go. Review for everyone else: MC Escher at the Dulwich Picture Gallery is very good. Slightly outside of central London, it's worth the trip because they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Read all about it from my new boss. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
If you can get past some of the conferencey language there's lots to like in this speech by the PepsiCo President. (President, Executive, CMO - job titles are so strange these days.) "My particular peeve is pre-roll. I hate it.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
This is a nice idea. Spotted in an art gallery the other day. I should have taken a bigger picture of the gallery, because it's not a fancy wall they've put advertising on. It's just a normal wall that happens... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I've never noticed this before. Not that I should have done, it's a small door set back from a very busy street. But today I noticed it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics