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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
I love these. No idea why they're doing them. But who cares. Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago 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 2 days ago 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
I went to a Q&A thing with Jeremy Deller. The theme was loosely - what is modern art? It was fairly sedate until someone asked - what is the role of the gallery in modern art? Deller replied, "They're dry,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
And he wrote it mirrored as quickly as you and I could write normally. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
But wouldn't you have done the same to the H? Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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We have a Prius. It parks itself. Looks a bit like this. CLICK HERE to watch the video because I can't understand Flickr anymore. The technology is way ahead of the design, or of the limitations of the design. Or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I wrote this on a tub of hummus the other day. We always open a tub of hummus and then a few days later we have no idea when it was opened. We can't tell if it's gone off or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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I've been watching with a pang of jealously the tweets coming out of this year's Design Indaba in South Africa. I went last year and it's a wonderful conference. Ravi curates a brilliant mix of speakers, big names and unknowns.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I switched energy suppliers at the start of the year. I've never done this before and they say if you haven't done that you're bound to save money. I used Martin Lewis's Cheap Energy Club and it seemed pretty good.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
(I know what they're advertising is bad.) Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
"Paul Smith collaborated with Evian to design a limited edition bottle." No he didn't, Evian gave him some money and someone suggested putting the brand assets on the bottle. "...imbuing the bottle with a sense of energy and fun." No... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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...TextEdit. Set to Plain Text. So useful. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I switched energy suppliers at the start of the year. I've never done this before and they say if you haven't done that you're bound to save money. I used Martin Lewis's Cheap Energy Club and it seemed pretty good.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
There's a newish BMX track I pass on the way home, in Burgess Park. It's always packed and looks like a lot of fun. The other night in the sunset it looked great. I stopped to take a few photos,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I was inflating my tyre in a bike shop the other day as shown in the picture above. I always do it with the value up there because it means I have to reach down less. The cycling technician said... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Just saw the Lego movie. A really nice touch was the inclusion of classic Lego characters like this 80s classic space guy. I had a few of them as a kid. Remember how the bottom chin bit of the helmet... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Went to see In The Making the other day with some of the design team. Organised by Barber Osgerby - it's really good. Shows you how (fairly) everyday stuff is made by freezing production at a certain point and show... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics