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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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So much of modern communication is like this. Badly written, poorly designed, unclear, confusing, multi-layered ideas that look like phishing. Here's the rational behind using Arnie, “He’s like a fitness instructor for decision making, he is only a head because... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Here’s a picture of the Apple Store in Bluewater, a shopping mall in Kent. It could be any Apple Store anywhere. Notice that it has nothing in the windows. No marketing collateral, no promotional offers, no posters, no displays, no... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Noisy Decent Graphics
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I have absolutely no idea what caused this spike or where these visitors came from, but welcome newcomers! Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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55. Not one mention of London's Ark But this is still good, 13 stunning buildings that look like boats 56. Citymapper made a bus but the bus isn’t the important bit, obvs Citymapper started a bus route age ago. And... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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I went to the Design Museum’s Hope to Nope exhibition at the weekend. It was good, I enjoyed it, Russell you should go and then you can look at the screens and the Ferrari exhibition. More about the screens later.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Walked by Project 84 the yesterday day. A campaign by male suicide prevention charity CALM with sculptures by Mark Jenkins, there are 84 sculptures of young men on the roof of the ITV building on the South Bank to highlight... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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* * * * John Maeda Design In Tech Special * * * * The fourth Design In Tech report by John Maeda is out. Looks like a Pet Shop Boys album which is no bad thing. As usual it’s... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Way, way back in 2007 when no-one cared whether you said blog or blog post they were just happy you were blogging, I wrote about the British Railways Board Environment Identity Scheme which I was a bit obsessed with since... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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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 Feb 19, 2018 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