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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
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I'm surprised more places don't do this. There is such a proliferation of Uber drivers now particularly when things like football matches or gigs end. Airports would be another example. I wonder if any new build offices or shopping centres... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Noisy Decent Graphics
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16. Google Design released a guide to designing with machine learning. I say released a guide, I mean published a Medium post. Such is the way of things these days. There’s a lot of hyperbole talked about ML and this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Brilliant as always. Interesting. Full of optimism. Refreshing. More over on my UAL governors blog. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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This does the rounds every few months. Usually sparks a debate about Uber being or not being the new buses. Or something. Everyone gets very angry. I get angry every time I see it. I get angry because it’s such... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Transcript: Hello, I’m sorry I can’t be with you tonight. I wanted to say thank you to Design Week for giving me this award. It’s an honour to be among such great designers. But I’m not going to talk much... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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This is not a political post and so I'm publishing after the election. Sam Blackledge, a reporter from the Plymouth Herald got to interview Theresa May a few days ago. He asked four specific questions about the local area. Every... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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9. Will an algorithm steal my design job? Some of it, yes. Like coding two decades ago, understanding algos, how they work and what they’re good at is crucial for designers. To get you started Yury Vetrov has made a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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A domino can knock over another domino 1.5x larger than itself. Watch this video (opens in Twitter). Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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This is the floor of Manchester town hall. It’s a grand neo-gothic building built in 1877. The floor is a mosaic of worker bees. There are worker bees all over the city. I never really noticed them until Malcolm Garrett... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I’ve only had this book a few days so it’s no surprise I’ve not read it. In fact, I’ll never read it. That's the point of this blogging series. This is a good book. Simple monograph of Paula Scher put... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Phiadon - The White Album. Only joking, this is Paul Rand written by Steven Heller but I’ve binned the book jacket because I hate them so much. Good book this. Classic monograph material. Heller knows how to write this stuff.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I feel your pain Dug
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2017 on New ENO logo at Noisy Decent Graphics
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5. John Maeda released the third version of his Design in Tech report at SXSW. I’m a fan of this report, as someone needs to make the link between design, technology and business more explicit and easier to quantify. (GDS... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Went to see the Mies van der Rohe thing at RIBA. In the early 60s van der Rohe designed a tower which would have been his first (and only) building in London. Prince Charles complained about it at a fancy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I couldn't remember why I bought this and then looking through it it became clear. It's a seductive proposition. I like design and I like openness. I especially like it when they come together. I like the simple use of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Original tweet, above. A while back, maybe 6 or 7 years ago, I want to a conference about private equity to help out a friend. I was only needed for 30 minutes but ended up staying all day. Fascinating to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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1. Abstract is the Netflix series on design everyone is watching. For decades designers have complained that there isn’t a series on TV about design. This is now nonsense, the web is full of video about design, high quality conference... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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This is a blog post about another blog post I wrote nine years ago. It’s only really of any interest to me. You might want to wait until the next book I haven’t read. We went to Kew Gardens the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
We’re a few weeks into this series and these books are falling into several categories. There are books I never want to read, books I can’t read and then there are books I genuinely might read. This falls into the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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I don't like doing Logo Rage on this blog. But I noticed the new* English National Opera logo in the wild for the first time today. It's strange. They've changed it from this. To this. There's an article about it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Not only have I never read this book, I don’t think I’ve ever opened it. I must have bought this when I was at university. I believed that you should be interested in the materials you were working with (still... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I was cycling past Tower Bridge the other day so I went to visit the old Design Museum. I don't think the Blue Print Cafe are a big fan of the move to Kensington. Low hum of critics of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Blimey this feels dated. Flicking through this was like opening up a time capsule. It was first published in 2008 and really feels like a moment in time captured in a book. Full of projects that normally have an A4... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Finally got round to seeing this. It's fab. Go and have a look. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Noisy Decent Graphics