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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 have handed in my resignation from GDS. Four years is a long time and news of Mike's departure made me think about moving on. I don't have another job to go to. A few thank yous. Tom Loosemore and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
There are a few things you notice that indicate someone somewhere has been toiling away in the digital transformation mines. In isolation they're small things and easy to miss, but if you start seeing a few of them regularly, you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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At the beginning of this year Russell and I sold our shares in Newspaper Club. It's a brilliant, profitable business, well run by lovely people but it was time for us to move on. More of that another time. Around... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Yes. Or users first. Which is why it's good to have clever writers around. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Sorry this post got saved as a draft and it's taken me ages to finish it. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Poster by Timothy Tyndale Brockbank The Central Saint Martins show is really good. Kings Cross, open until Sunday. You should go. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Went to see Never Mind the Bollards this week. There were some interesting bits. I wasn't sure whether Public London: 10 years of transforming spaces was part of the same thing. So that's slightly confusing. But it's all just walking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I'm starting to see more of this sort of thing in the world. Reminds me of this from Google. It's like a dumber Google Now. The language and the immediacy make it feel like personalisation, but it's not really. Simple,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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He's a good Chancellor. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I always wanted to go to the Chelsea Flower Show. I went this year. Now I never have to go again. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I saw this terrible ad in a terrible magazine and immediately thought 'that's never a Mark Twain quote'. He never wrote like a terrible copywriter writing a brand values. In fact, people in general never wrote in that odd one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Someone has made a digital version of the keypad on a vending machine. In almost every way they have made the interaction worse. (Ignore the bit about no product at the end, that can happen any time.) While we're on... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I've been using Google Art Project for a while now. Install the Chrome extension and you'll get a work of art every time you open a new tab. The art changes every day. It's a really nice texture change during... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Was lucky enough to get a before opening hours tour of the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the V&A. It's stunning. McQueen was clearly a creative genius. Able to take random moments of inspiration and turn them into a rich supply... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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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 Apr 20, 2015 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