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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
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In 2015 Russell and I invested in Bowndling. I wrote about it at the time. Less than a year later Bowndling closed. Collyn, the founder, has written a typically honest and smart blogpost about the lessons from her experience. It's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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I know no-one cares anymore, even I don't care. Typepad (dramatically blows dust off) shows me these stats. I assume they're not accurate. Zero Twitter links seems odd when I posted and clicked on two today. But this looks like... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Russell wrote the definitive post on this, obvs. He also said, "In fact, increasingly, adding more 'engagement' will make it worse.". This is just another little example. Etihad (who I flew with only once) are trying to turn their outdated... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
We went to see this exhibition at the Royal Academy. You’re not allowed to take pictures, which I’m sure Dali and Duchamp would have approved of. The new cafe is really nice and worth a visit. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Terry Jones founder of iD magazine said that. This blog post is a fascinating peek behind the curtain. Could May's team have done anything to stop this photo being taken? Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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28. New York launched a service design studio dedicated to improving services for low-income residents. The announcement took place at Parsons School of Design at the New School, where over 400 public servants, nonprofit leaders, and members of the design... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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"2017 has been a historic low point for kerning" Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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After the success of this article, it seems appropriate to talk about it on stage. So I'll be doing that at the Leading Design conference at the Barbican on 26 October. Organised by conference veterans Clearleft, it's bound to be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Smart cities is a terrible name for anything really. Connected cities is no better. Sounds good in the isolation of a meeting room written on a stone cold ppt slide - SMART CITIES! These bikes in Manchester are smart and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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23. Statistically no-one wants your new app (that line credit Alex Russell). A few weeks ago there were lots of “Apps have won!” blog posts after the FT ditched its web app in favour of a native app. Now here’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I popped in the other day. Bought a copy of OffScreen. I was reminded what a great place it is. You should go (270 St John St, Clerkenwell EC1V 4PE) and buy something. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Creative Review came to Manchester the other day to look at The Federation, a community of digital businesses we've set up at the Co-op. UsTwo, NorthCoders, NHS R&D, Liverpool Girl Geeks, Kainos and many others are already in there. More... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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This is great. Cinema Palettes on Twitter @ColorsEffect Simple idea done well. Twin Peaks Scarface And best of all Heat, which I told you about way back in 2008. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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I'm surprised more places don't do this. There is such a proliferation of Uber drivers now particularly when things like football matches or gigs end. Airports would be another example. I wonder if any new build offices or shopping centres... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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16. Google Design released a guide to designing with machine learning. I say released a guide, I mean published a Medium post. Such is the way of things these days. There’s a lot of hyperbole talked about ML and this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Brilliant as always. Interesting. Full of optimism. Refreshing. More over on my UAL governors blog. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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This does the rounds every few months. Usually sparks a debate about Uber being or not being the new buses. Or something. Everyone gets very angry. I get angry every time I see it. I get angry because it’s such... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Transcript: Hello, I’m sorry I can’t be with you tonight. I wanted to say thank you to Design Week for giving me this award. It’s an honour to be among such great designers. But I’m not going to talk much... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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This is not a political post and so I'm publishing after the election. Sam Blackledge, a reporter from the Plymouth Herald got to interview Theresa May a few days ago. He asked four specific questions about the local area. Every... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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9. Will an algorithm steal my design job? Some of it, yes. Like coding two decades ago, understanding algos, how they work and what they’re good at is crucial for designers. To get you started Yury Vetrov has made a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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A domino can knock over another domino 1.5x larger than itself. Watch this video (opens in Twitter). Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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This is the floor of Manchester town hall. It’s a grand neo-gothic building built in 1877. The floor is a mosaic of worker bees. There are worker bees all over the city. I never really noticed them until Malcolm Garrett... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I’ve only had this book a few days so it’s no surprise I’ve not read it. In fact, I’ll never read it. That's the point of this blogging series. This is a good book. Simple monograph of Paula Scher put... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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