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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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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.
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I don't have the appropriate close up photograph to illustrate this point so you'll have to look at the picture above, take my word for it and use your imagination. Expectations successfully lowered let's get to the point. I went... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
In the glory days of Peak Graphic Design Blogging (circa 2009) everyone would have gone crazy for all the arrows you see everywhere these days. Fat ones, thin ones, Mexico 68 ones, ones they did in Word ones. Keyboards burning... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Saw this in a shop window in East the other day. Feels like the language is wrong. On the one hand it's just a sort of malapropism, where the PayPoint and British Gas should be swapped. But that doesn't work... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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After this one the other day, here's another bad chart. Or as Michael puts it, "This is one of the stupidest charts I've ever seen and I can't believe that adult human beings were involved in its creation". His tweet... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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There are lots of charts like this at the moment. I really don't understand the point of the chart. I mean, yeah, obviously. And yeah, good. Well not good, but appropriate and so good. It's exactly what you'd expect to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Out for daily exercise I was struck by all the dystopian, Orwellian screens. STAY HOME. If this had happened 20 years ago, 15 years ago, we didn't have all these screens. I guess there were press ads and posters, but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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I'm really struggling with this one. Pret ❤️s London's Homeless. I think they're giving meals ("7,000 additional meals") to the homeless which is good. But this still feels like an odd thing to say. However much you might love individuals... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
This is a picture of Matt Webb and Matt Jones. Nope, I have no idea either. Matt Webb has started blogging again, pretty much daily, and it's great. I've never liked science fiction (sorry) and I mostly only like movies... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Hashtag goals as some of you would say. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Brendan Cormier, senior design curator at the V&A has posted an immense 146 tweet thread walking you through the Cars: Accelerating the Modern World exhibition. It's brilliant. I always find lots of text in exhibitions difficult, I like to keep... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
“Most of the playlists I make are for passionate music fans who have an appetite that leans toward discovery rather than songs they already know,” Mr. Vener continued. “However, this seems to backfire on me a lot with casual music... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
This is a book of frustratingly unresolved thoughts right from the cover. Mad Men is obviously a reference to the HBO tv series about advertising, so what is Bad Men a reference to? Are politicians bad men? Or are the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Was hoping this might get into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition but that’s now the RA Autumn Exhibition. Posting here so you get some joyful amateur art to keep you going in the meantime. Previously here and here and here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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Just spent an enjoyable 20 minutes looking through this. You could do the same. Sainsbury Archive. Relevant to this, thanks to Lauren I've learned how to do single window screenshots without loads of potatoshopping. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
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If you've been following along for the last six months (here and here) I've finally made one I would feel ok about showing to Alan. Pleased with this. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics
No, you probably don't. Since the 60s they had a small shop just off Carnaby Street in Soho. When I was much younger, in the very early Nineties, my brother and I used to visit. My brother was into boxing.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2020 at Noisy Decent Graphics