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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'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 5 days ago 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
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