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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
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There's a new sculpture in the park. By Conrad Shawcross (ex UAL) it consists of three structures one of which is shown above. Look how climbable that looks! Hard to resist climbing on that. Especially if you're 6. Or 39.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Noisy Decent Graphics
Samsung, Sony et al, make some TV remotes like this. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Three good speeches from the last six months. Mike Bracken to the policy profession - you need to understand the Internet better. Emily Bell to journalists - you need to understand the Internet better. Martha Lane Fox to everyone -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Very interesting, as usual. There's no furniture category this year. If you really want to nominate a chair it has to go in the product category. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Two typefaces. Probably the result of a small rebrand from long ago. Is this the new ghost signs? Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
As a governor of UAL I thought it would be a good idea to start blogging about it. If you're interested, it's over here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I've seen this a few times recently. You answer a marketing quiz instead of watching a pre-roll ad. Which is kind of OK. It's quicker than an ad, and you don't really care so you click any button. Except this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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"she and Ive share a taste for Josef Frank, the Austrian-Swedish designer of rounded furniture and floral fabrics" more here Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
The other day I opened the envelope. It was an anticlimax. It was merely a copy of some documents I had sent to DVLA 16 years ago. No brilliant inventions. Sorry. But look at the old advertising company logo! Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
A few people yesterday were tweeting about Deloitte's Digital Maturity survey. I was on a long train journey so I clicked on the link. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Over a year and half. 26 Olympics. 20 World Cups. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
The picture is a bit rubbish, sorry for that. It's a box of 10 lightbulbs I ordered from Amazon. It occurred to me this is what I use Amazon for the most. Ordering very specific cheap DIY/household type things in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Pictures from Paul, GDS and Giles. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
We went up to the top of 20 Fenchurch Street the other day. The top of the Walkie Talkie, the 'sky' 'garden'. Russell wrote an eloquent architectural review here. Building Design managed to write a fairly dry review that still... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I was at UAL: London College of Communication on Monday night to hear Emily Bell give the Cudlipp lecture. She was very good. She started with a tl;dr version, which was smart and was - journalism needs more journalists who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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I was in Bath the other day. Took this picture. Didn't think anything of it until Migurski posted it on his tumblr. Reminded me a bit of this. It's been a good week. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Seems like a sensible idea to me. Not to everyone though. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
That's a good chart. Easy to read. Looks like science, totally convincing. And he hasn't even shown a picture of the product yet. Tom's right. Worth watching again. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Found this yesterday at the back of a filing cabinet. It's an envelope I sent to myself with something written on the seal to prove it hadn't been opened. Luxford is the name of a now closed ad agency I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Saw this on the top left corner of a slideshare thing thing other day. Never seen that before. Odd. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Tony and Kim and w+k in general, had loads of little phrases and rules. One famous one was Kim's obsession with no puns in ads. They were strictly banned. Everyone knew it. (You obviously had to induct the new creatives... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
On New Years Resolutions. More here. See also point 3 on this list. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Here are two books, both good, both worthy of your consideration. The first deserves a better review than I can give it. TM: The Untold Stories Behind 29 Classic Logos by Mark Sinclair is a beautiful book, well written and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I know we all know the problems with iTunes. But this is so odd. Seeing this a lot recently due to not understanding iTunes Match or iCloudTunes or whatever it's called. I have to go into the store to find... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics