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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
Bought this wonderful box of postcards by the brilliant David Gentleman. All scenes from central London. This is Russell Square, I thought I was stood in the right place but actually I needed to step back about 10 meters and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2021 at Noisy Decent Graphics
About time we had a bit of typography on this blog. Might do some more. I'm a particular fan of those 3D painted letters. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I knew Top Shop had gone bust but I hadn't been past the shop on Oxford Street until last week. Odd to see the huge retail presence in the centre of Oxford Circus with a 'to let' sign. Even weirder... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at Noisy Decent Graphics
There's got to be a better way of doing this. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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In the very early days of GDS we used to do lots of presentations to explain the benefits of digital for government. Government is very big (c400,000 people) and there's no easy way to reach them all so we traipsed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2021 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Remember back in August when I mused that in the old days there would have been loads of blogging about the covid graphics. Thought not. Anyway someone's gone and done exactly that. Pandemic Graphics Archive. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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20 years ago this month Michael Landy did an Art called Break Down. He took all of his possessions, all 7,227 of them, and destroyed them, broke them down. Lisa and I went to the show which was in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2021 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Shall we do a post about logos for old times sake? Here is the first logo I've seen in years that made me stop. The first one I've thought it's actually worth commenting on. It's for a company called Nix... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2021 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Remember in 1999 when everything got renamed to millennium something, Millennium Food & Wine, Millennium Pizza, Millennium Barbers and so on. I swear this shop was just called General Store a few weeks ago. I wonder if this is because... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Long time listeners will know that I've been doing a sketch every day 3 or 4 days for a while now. During remote working finding interesting subject matter is hard. I like drawing buildings and people sat in meetings and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2021 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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In reference to Russell's excellent post 'Stay at home, come on air' over on the Typepad platform. Yes, I completely agree and I would like to add that it has the additional benefit of seeing people in their homes, offices... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Video Here's a video of a talk I did with Michael Marriott a few weeks back. You may not think our work is similar but we talked about the "boring magic" in designing every day things. I enjoyed it a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Two of my favourite things. Art and the subject of this picture. All in 4 minutes! Enjoy a few relaxing minutes of the great Tony Hart drawing with pastels, on Hartbeat #onthisday in 1987. pic.twitter.com/LrZRYrBqrC — BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) December... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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I'm doing a talk with fellow RDI Michael Marriott on Tuesday night. It's free and virtual and you can sign up here. The evening is called Boring Magic and I think there is something of that in both our work.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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In case you don't read Twitter or LinkedIn. Hi Phil. Public Digital has joined the kyu Collective. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Russell, don't bother. You neither Phil. Went to see Warhol at Tate Modern on Saturday, err, night. It was ok. Not enough famous stuff for me, but maybe I'm too mainstream. Anyway 15yo liked it very much which was a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
I love D&AD and I've always been a passionate supporter. I wanted to win the coveted Black Pencil from when I was young and I've wanted to be D&AD President for as long as I can remember. Today I should... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Great post by one of the Matts summarising "Adaptive Design". A concept many years old but one that gained a digital prominence in the early 2000s. Well worth reading the full post here. Screws not glue etc. Might have a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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This blog post by George Cave is so good. Best proper blog post I've read in years. I wish I'd written it. It's not just about Lego, it's about design and interface more broadly. Take this point and the links... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
We rented an AirBnb by the sea the other day. This was the bathroom. This is not a bathroom designed for someone who uses it every day. This is a bathroom designed to catch your eye in the photos on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Hi Phil. Thanks for commenting.