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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
I really like the Spotify ads that are around at the moment. I like the simplicity of the message. I like the simple but bold graphic style. But most of all I like the way the language feels like Spotify... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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A listener writes in to ask about the progress of Diana's Diner. This may be the new Diana's Diner. We're a year in. More here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Driving back from breakfast on Sunday morning I noticed a Lamborghini in front of me and then one behind me. A Lambo sandwich. Nothing that unusual in West London tbh. Driving further, I noticed more "supercars" and then the street... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
We live near the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and I’ve started swimming there. There is much to be written about this architecturally and socially. This is just a quick blog post, so lower your expectations accordingly. Designed by LCC... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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"The design of profitable digital products + services can limit your world view to an extremely narrow perspective." Required reading for design students and professionals. Good article pointed out by Russell. Make you think. Great gifs too. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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I was hoping someone would do this apartmentadvertising.wordpress.com My money was on Bridle. We need some London ones. Found via Edwin Heathcote, the way they market flats (apartments) is so odd. It’s usually three words that sound vaguely aspirational but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Went to see the Arup exhibition. Good, worth a visit, too small like all these design exhibitions. Russell, you would like it. It’s in that funny little space to the left as you enter the V&A. It’s very well made,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
A few nights ago at the London Design Festival annual dinner, Sir Kenneth Grange was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Medal. Richly deserved. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I saw Richard Rogers in conversation with Christopher Turner as part of the London Design Biennale. Sorry for the poor picture. Rogers was wearing an amazing pink shirt and green jacket combo that would make most people look like kids... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Went to Interesting 2016 the other day. It was as good as the other Interestings but a bit shorter. Lisa spoke about her books, which are amazing. You can find out more about them here. You can also buy them... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
The comments on Yahoo! answers are positively good. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I did my first Parkrun on Saturday. 5 sunny kilometres around Dulwich Park. I loved it. Great atmosphere. Good fun. Parkrun is a phenomenon there are about 150,000 runners every Saturday all across the globe. There were about 200 people... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I bought an Amazon Dash button last week. Obviously. Ordering one is easy enough, it costs £4.99 which gets deducted off your first purchase. I chose Andrex as that’s the only brand I could us using in this household. We... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I've been meaning to do a blog post about those signs you get outside churches for as long as I've been blogging. I'll probably never get round to it. Here's one I managed to photograph on a long bike ride... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
One of my highlights of the year is visiting the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. This year wasn't great to be honest, but still an enjoyable way to spend a morning. One highlight was this cartoon about Davies's Third Law. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
St Giles and Bloomsbury. For more see 2014 and 2015. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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I love this. Simple, beautifully shot and very powerful. Best video I've seen in ages. Find out more from Project Everyone, not to be confused with Dot Everyone. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Thanks for the kind words, Mike.
Toggle Commented May 26, 2016 on Things I like... at Graphic Journey Blog
It's OK only Marcus reads this blog and he's rubbish at running a business.
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2016 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 Apr 26, 2016 at Noisy Decent Graphics