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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
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Whenever there is lots of reporting around an intangible news event I get frustrated at the terrible graphics. The Credit Crunch a few years ago was a good example of this. Brexit is an almost perfect example of the phenomenon.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Noisy Decent Graphics
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On the 15th January Carillion filed for compulsory liquidation. A construction company that provided services such as school meals, hospital maintenance, and defence accommodation. They employed 43,000 people. Carillion’s strapline was “making tomorrow a better place”. Their logo was a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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50. Dave Addey who writes the blog Typeset In The Future is writing a book. I’m assuming you will all like that. 51. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of the Phoebus Cartel before. A cartel of Osram, General Electric,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I bought this radio at least 10 years ago, maybe 12. The Roberts EcoLogic3. It sounds good, it has buttons that are well laid out and are pleasing to use. It’s white and goes with the rest of the kitchen.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
That's a great line. It's from Trudeau's speech at Davos. But this lesser reported line is also important, “You are rightly anxious about how quickly our existing business models are being disrupted. Still, if you’re anxious, imagine how the folks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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44. Modern Matter have laid out the latest issue of their magazine on a billboard. Fun and I bet sales go up. Modern Matter Billboard (via MagCulture) 45. WPP merged together five of its design consultancies; Brand Union, Lambie-Nairn, The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Primal Scream album cover 2000 The Economist print cover 2018 Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Remember this story about a lady in Kensington who painted her house with red and white stripes because of some dispute with the neighbours? (No, just me?) I've always wanted to see what it was like. Eyesore or delightful cheery... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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A rare thing, a design book I actually read. A good book but so many questions. I will write more one day but for now this is pretty close to how I felt. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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It was closed when I went. But I don't think that mattered much. Very good. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I enjoyed the RCA WIP show. As messy and as ‘in progress’ as you’d want it to be. There was an honesty that university final shows have lost, I think. The Service Design course seems to get better every year.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I enjoyed this exhibition a lot. It closes next Sunday 28th January. You should make an effort to go, but it's probably sold out. Sorry about that. You can't take pictures, like all good exhibitions. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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36. No idea what rabbit hole I went down to find this, but y'know - internet. Last year Mike Ashley gave an update at the Sports Direct shareholders meeting which was held at the London Stock Exchange. Profits had dropped... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Happy New Year Phil. I assume I'm more familiar with wards and ward names because Lisa used to be a councillor. I think lots of people who live nearby would recognise the ward names, but the context would be 'that place is in Cathedrals ward'. I don't think anyone would say, 'want to meet in Cathedrals ward for a coffee' which is the context you're using it for. Arguably 4SQ are using the first use case. That doesn’t mean it’s right of course. It’s still weird and it makes sense to no one but me and you.
Happy New Year Nadja
I hope you have a good one too Phil! By the way Cathedrals is the name of a council ward in Southwark http://www.2.southwark.gov.uk/downloads/file/11101/proposed_cathedrals_ward_map
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In the most pointless Christmas tradition of all I’ve just uploaded my top tracks, albums and artists from Last.fm to Flickr. No-one uses Flickr any more and even less people use last.fm. Apart from me and you Phil. I can... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
The Millennials Are Screwed article in the Huffington Post is very good and mentions that "poverty is rarely caused by one thing going wrong. Usually, it is a series of misfortunes—a job loss, then a car accident, then an eviction—that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Thanks Phil. I'll update the post. Have a good weekend.
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2017 on Design research urls #7 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Illustration: Pete Gamlen 31. As we’ve talked about before in-house design teams are growing. This post by Alice Bartlett, Principal Engineer at the FT, is full of practical tips for teams working in-house. The post is about a Front-End Dev... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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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