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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
Phiadon - The White Album. Only joking, this is Paul Rand written by Steven Heller but I’ve binned the book jacket because I hate them so much. Good book this. Classic monograph material. Heller knows how to write this stuff.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I feel your pain Dug
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2017 on New ENO logo at Noisy Decent Graphics
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5. John Maeda released the third version of his Design in Tech report at SXSW. I’m a fan of this report, as someone needs to make the link between design, technology and business more explicit and easier to quantify. (GDS... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Went to see the Mies van der Rohe thing at RIBA. In the early 60s van der Rohe designed a tower which would have been his first (and only) building in London. Prince Charles complained about it at a fancy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I couldn't remember why I bought this and then looking through it it became clear. It's a seductive proposition. I like design and I like openness. I especially like it when they come together. I like the simple use of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Original tweet, above. A while back, maybe 6 or 7 years ago, I want to a conference about private equity to help out a friend. I was only needed for 30 minutes but ended up staying all day. Fascinating to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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1. Abstract is the Netflix series on design everyone is watching. For decades designers have complained that there isn’t a series on TV about design. This is now nonsense, the web is full of video about design, high quality conference... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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This is a blog post about another blog post I wrote nine years ago. It’s only really of any interest to me. You might want to wait until the next book I haven’t read. We went to Kew Gardens the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
We’re a few weeks into this series and these books are falling into several categories. There are books I never want to read, books I can’t read and then there are books I genuinely might read. This falls into the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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I don't like doing Logo Rage on this blog. But I noticed the new* English National Opera logo in the wild for the first time today. It's strange. They've changed it from this. To this. There's an article about it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Not only have I never read this book, I don’t think I’ve ever opened it. I must have bought this when I was at university. I believed that you should be interested in the materials you were working with (still... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I was cycling past Tower Bridge the other day so I went to visit the old Design Museum. I don't think the Blue Print Cafe are a big fan of the move to Kensington. Low hum of critics of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Blimey this feels dated. Flicking through this was like opening up a time capsule. It was first published in 2008 and really feels like a moment in time captured in a book. Full of projects that normally have an A4... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Finally got round to seeing this. It's fab. Go and have a look. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
It's turning into Heatherwick week on this blog. First, second and now this. Seen yesterday at RIBA. It's a water feature, described to me as "The upside down V thing was made by the same man that made the Olympic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
When I started the Books I’ll never read series I suggested that "hopefully we'll all learn something". Yesterday I learned that this thing, which I walk past every week when I'm in the Co-op London office is called Paternoster Vents... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Bought this in 2012 after going to the exhibition at the V&A. I think I’m right in saying this was the most visited free exhibition the V&A have ever put on. I took the GDS design team. As we were... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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In the old days everyone used to post about meetings and techniques for meetings. The old days, ten years ago in the blogosphere. Zoom forward to today and I tweeted this. It's fantastic advice from Mike Monteiro. Original tweet here.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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 Jan 16, 2017 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 Jan 15, 2017 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