Rise of the Internet. Brands, apps and Bugs

A cursory glance through rise of the Internet and mobile communications has made me think about apps – as in the small programmes designed for mobile devices – and how as consumers we have reached a point of having crucial tools at our disposal and what the implications are for some brands who strive to have them as brand out-posts. Continue reading…

Bauhaus and the Pinhole Camera

In 1992 I was about to begin my Diploma in graphic design. After securing one of the 30 odd places from the 900 or so applicants, I’d decided on an inspirational warm-up.

Heading south out of Berlin on the E51, I was behind the wheel of a van heading towards Munich in search of the prototypical, modern art school. The Bauhaus. Continue reading…

The Project Triangle

Throughout Earth’s history, triangles have had, and will continue to have their place in the order of life.

There are examples from design & typography, where the golden section applies to the beautifully designed page proportions of medieval manuscripts – worth mentioning that barely a book was produced during this period that didn’t work on this guiding principle. Continue reading…

The Speculative, or Free-Pitch.

Defining a pitch as the speculative or competitive supply of design services, either through visuals or strategic advice for a commercial client, which results in the designer receiving, or charging less than their normal professional rates for work that is intended or likely to be commercially realised is the definition loosely taken from the DIA. It also happens to re-enforce my own opinion that regardless of whether there is a fee or not, speculative pitches aren’t of any value for design, designer, or client. The use of the word free in pitch becomes largely irrelevant. Continue reading…

An Issue of Crowdsourcing Logos

Following on from last week’s article on brand identity criticism by designers, this feature specifically concentrates on the rise of crowd-sourcing logos.

Whereas the previous article looked into the criticism of designers by designers, here I consider the rise of the design crowd willing to pitch their services on websites that traditionally place the lowest, rather than the highest value on design. Continue reading…

Brand Identity, Criticism & the Electronic Lynch Mob

More than ever, criticising brand identity has become something of an undemanding sport, but with a greater number of participants. For brands, the advent of the Internet and the consequential rise of blog posts and sector specific forums, the Internet has created a new type of headache. Continue reading…

Design & the Knowledgable Salmon

Depending on the species, salmon may have spent several years out at sea honing the crucial skills needed to survive the harsh realities of the journey back up river.

For the salmon, this sea phase is a physical & mental development, having already traveled great distances and depths in order to feed and bring strength to the success rate of their future goal. Continue reading…

Soviet Stamp Design

Life’s great early inspirations spring from anywhere. What makes us all individuals is perhaps the answer to life’s long question of what makes us creative. We certainly collect memories, influence and imagination from our families steering, and in turn perhaps these are hardwired, determining creativity, or not. Continue reading…

A type of Gotham Tea Party

The all American Typeface Gotham was designed by the New York based, American type foundry Hoefler Frere-Jones in 2000.

Originally commissioned by the award winning GQ magazine, it helped the Hoefler and Frere-Jones foundry discover a mutual affection for a disappearing species of basic building lettering. Taking inspiration from the distant memories of letter-forms around the streets and buildings of New York, this discovery, appreciation and research spawned a new and highly successful typeface. Continue reading…

The Elements of Typographic Style. A review.

Several weekends ago I read an exceptional book on typography that is widely agreed by all those who know it as the best, and the most informed book ever written to this day on subject. Written by Robert Bringhurst, his book ‘The Elements of Typographic Style’ is now at version 3.2. Continue reading…



Copyright © 2011. All rights reserved.

RSS Feed. This blog is proudly powered by Wordpress with the help of Social Networking North.