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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 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
I'd forgotten about the agency Christmas card. It seems like today is the day most of them get sent out. Anyway. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
There is a difference between saying you're doing "innovation" or just saying innovation a lot, and doing something that is innovative. I read somewhere that for <large number> of "innovation units" only <single digit number> of them had actually delivered... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
This is pretty much one question - do you watch [football] via the internet? But I think what they mean is: a) do you watch [football] on a laptop b) do you watch [football] on a tablet c) do you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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A good culture is hard to define. For future reference, it looks like this. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
"Dear Tony, I see the Russians have put a space vehicle on the moon. Is there any chance of a better bus service in Bristol?" From Tony Benn, Letters to my Grandchildren. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Couldn't resist this. It's a bus stop in Baltimore. I have no idea if it's real, or if it actually works as a bus stop. I can't see any times or a map of routes for example. I think it's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
People around my age (39) have grown up among digital transformation. When we started listening to music it was on vinyl and cassette, when our tastes started hardening it was on mp3s. We've seen both and experienced the change. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Design and creative stuff often seems to invove a lot of bottlenecks. In a traditional agency the Creative Director is a bottleneck and the maybe the ECD. Sometimes you can't see the High Ups for days and this becomes a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
We've been playing Toca Nature all weekend. It's gorgeous. Beautifully designed, incredibly intuitive interaction. The 6YO opened it up and dived straight in. Hooked all morning. :"Daddy, this is even better than FIFA!" he exclaimed. It feels like Minecraft crossed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
We went to see the poppies thing at the Tower of London. It's officially called "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red". Visually it's stunning. I wanted to write a blog post called 'We're good at this stuff' but I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Mark made a screensaver, like mine, but better designed. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Of all the amazing things to do in London, this bronze head has probably given my kids the most fun over the years. It's by Eduardo Paolozzi, it's called the Head of Invention and it's outside the Design Museum. They've... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I have my screensaver set to display tiles from a folder where I keep bits of graphic design I like. The results are pleasing. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
A few weeks ago we held an event called Play With Design at the V&A Museum of Childhood as part of the London Design Festival. Bit more on the background here. A small event all about design and computer games.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
BERG closed their doors this week. A sad day. Timo worked there for 35 years as Chief Photon Historian and took one picture every 15 seconds. He's published the best ones here as a visual history. Tomorrow Webb is going... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Last year I joined the advisory board of the London Design Festival. It's a pretty big deal, with over 300 events in one week. Started in 2003 by Sir John Sorrell it's spawned similar festivals all over the world.. But... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
It's an odd sign, really. Other bank brands customers' can use this machine, not all of them and we're not tellling you exactly which ones, but these ten can. Don't know how old that sign is but after mergers and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Further to this post three weeks ago it was one year of taking this picture. One year of not a lot happening. From this: To this. As ever weekly updates here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
This is a City of London bollard in Swanage, Dorset which is not in London. I noticed it on a walk early one morning. Here are some more. The internet has more info, "Many architecturally interesting buildings and monuments were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
You might like to read it - What’s the design process at GDS? Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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A few days ago Mike wrote a post about the prison visit booking system we're working on with MoJ Digital. He visited HMP Rochester, "This visit opened my eyes to just how hard people will work to cope with inadequate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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The boss has written a blog post. Read it, and understand that digital transformation isn't just the website. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Remember One Second Everyday? You take one second of video everyday and it stitches them together to make a little video. I started doing it a year ago today. I haven't done it everyday but I have managed 252 days... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Noisy Decent Graphics