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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
It's OK only Marcus reads this blog and he's rubbish at running a business.
Toggle Commented yesterday on The toothbrush test at Noisy Decent Graphics
I went to see Melvyn King, ex Governor of the Bank of England, interviewed by Will Hutton last week. It was more interesting than I thought. King spoke very calmly and was able to explain complicated concepts with great simplicity.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Russell, this is good. Six of Phil Collins' albums were recently remastered, so he went back and recreated the covers as well. Via loads of people. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Earlier Benedict Evans tweeted this. And I replied. Here's what I mean. When you book a train ticket online this is what happens. This example is with Virgin Trains but it's the same with others including the Trainline. Finish booking... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
From the village newsletter, written by Adam. Reprinted as is. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I have never understood those football diagrams that supposedly tell you what’s happened in a game. How a goal was scored or whatever. And even when I think I’ve understood them I’ve never been sure what the point of them... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Ben Terret from The Sorrell Foundation on Vimeo. Last year I was interviewed by the Sorrell Foundation for their series on Creative Journeys. They asked me how I ended up in full time employment as a designer and which subjects... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
In a meeting in Mountain View the other day someone said "would it pass Larry's toothbrush test?". Larry Page likes to judge new products and services by asking this question. It means can you imagine this being used twice a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Went to see Michael Craig-Martin at the Serpentine. Very good. Very short. Exhibitions seem to be getting shorter. Great colours. I've always been rubbish at colours so for a while now I've been saving pictures and taking photos of good... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Speaking at O'Reilly Design. Might be nice to meet up. Inbox me. I think it's going to rain. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I went to the Wired Retail conference late last year. Some observations. Drones are a huge distraction Over half the presentations mentioned drones or drone delivery. This feels like a huge distraction to me. We're a long way off from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Roshnee a designer I met in Mumbai six years ago has made a taxi highlighting to men the issues women face travelling in India. The BBC World Service interviewed her about it too. Important stuff. Have a listen. More details... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Bought my Dad a digital photo frame for Christmas. Hooked up to wifi you can send pictures and stuff. Basically anything with .jpeg on the end of it. Having a lot of fun with it so far. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Neil and his listeners have nominated me for Post of the Month. Glenn, Kieran, Javier, Nicky, David, Mark, Gemma and Marcus vote for me! Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I think the responsive layout works better when the pictures are massive. It gives the impression of controlled line length within the constraints of Typepad's design settings. Anyway. Good morning Glenn, Kieran, Javier, Nicky, David, Mark, Gemma and Marcus. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
This was recommended to me over Christmas. The one on the left about English Architecture, not the one on the right about Dulwich. Although the Dulwich Estate have a decent track record when it comes to modernist housing, we'll leave... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
So not even Famous Rob reads any more. Sad times.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2016 on Now responsive. Maybe. at Noisy Decent Graphics
I've spent all Christmas fiddling with my blog layout, which you should never do, to get it to work on a phone. Which it does now. It just looks rubbish everywhere else. All I really want is the simplest possible... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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"It usually comes down to a choice between two ways to go: this way or that way. And all the thinking won’t tell you which is best. So just pick one, it doesn’t matter which, and go with that." Advice... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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On Pinboard I tag a few links with the year in case I get round to blogging about it over the Christmas break. Looking back through various bits of social media it seems like I had the most fun on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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In September I gave a talk at the RSA. I tried to sum up the things I've learned about design inside large organisations from my time in government. I spoke about process and how to make that more agile and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
This is fun and looks good. Spotify Year in Music by Spotify and Stink Digital. Wonderfully my third most listened to track of the year was apparently the theme music to Test Match Special. Get your Year in Music here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Jeremy has turned his blog into a shop. And it's fantastic. A whole shop full of magazines, a complete range from Vogue Italy to the most obscure indie titles. You're encouraged to browse, they don't sell coffee or lottery tickets.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics
If it isn't actually easy, then make it easy. Then make it look easy. This is the cooking instructions from pizza packaging. Not a Co-op pizza. All you really need to know is this. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at Noisy Decent Graphics