Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I don't know much about Teesside University, but I do know that I enjoy these adverts that I caught sight of tonight. It's not just the 'cat is cute, I want to squeeze it' aspect, for me, it really fulfills it's aim. It's simple, it's effective, the concept and slogan are sharp and work. At a minimal 22secs, these adverts max out their message in terms of time constraint. The soundtrack is perfectly fitting. Well done, if I didn't love Leeds, I'd be looking you up Tees.

The above are amazing improvements compared to this:

Please take it away!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sustainable design

'Sustainable design is not a passing fad. It is now integral to the future of the industry, particularly among the emerging talents as this year’s graduate shows will certainly reveal. It is the more established players, particularly in branding, that need to get up to speed.'

-statement from Lynda Relph-Knight (Sustainable Design Supplement)

I comment on this as it was the key focus of this weeks, 'Design for Life'. As the series title also suggests, sustainability is now a fundamental of design. Perhaps we all need to consider this more in every aspect of the design process. It should be at the forefront of our minds during decision making.

Photographer Gavin Evans has worked with charity Action Aid to promote the organisation’s Hunger Free campaign, which launches on World Food Day on 16 October.

PRO Design education change

I am currently sending off applications to teach next year, and so this came of massive interest to me, and should to us all in general really.

In a speech delivered at the Liberal Democrat Party conference fringe in Bournemouth yesterday, David Kester (Design council chief executive) called for design to be more closely linked within Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Earlier this year, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, former rector of the Royal College of Art, called for design to be included as a Stem subject, saying:

‘The dots aren’t being joined up. Engineering and technology are rated, but design isn’t. The big issue now is making design a Stem subject.’

Kester called for a sustainability element to be embedded across education, and for the nature and value of creativity to become an integral part of all learning. He said, ‘Our educators have a responsibility to bring hard business and technological skills together with creative problem-solving capabilities.

I think it is evident that the importance and position of the subject is still being debated, and in our modern society where so many in creative design positions are very successful, I think it's almost unacceptable that this battle goes on. I am in complete agreement that design should be considered a stem subject. Design has clearly and consistently communicated it's benefit to professional industries. Not only this, but Design is a language, and one that must be nurtured and encouraged within young people. I believe passionately that the subject goes a long way to meeting intellectual, cultural, moral, spiritual and aesthetic needs. Even if the subject is not pursued, it still allows for a well balanced individual. Design is unique in that it sharpens perceptual skills, promotes independence and develops concepts and skills for practical use.

Killer of a good play

Students at Leeds Uni may have also found out during last week's Fresher's Fair, that if your under 26, your entitled to see 6 free theatre productions. So, I got in quick and took full advantage with 'Dial M For Murder'.

(Above) Aislin McGuckin as Margot Wenice

This is Frederick Knott's first, and arguably most successful play. His legendary movie directing skills inevitably haunt the production, but I believe it to be extremely well written, and the performance caught both its essence and energy. Lucy Bailey, who is said to be 'highly visual with her theatrical concept', was in charge of staging the show, and this was evident judging how tense and thrilled the entire audience appeared to be throughout. One thing both my friend and I noted was the subtext, how the characters appeared to be saying one thing, whilst meaning another -not only making for a great play, but also a solid challenge for the authors.

On at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Hill, Leeds until Oct 3rd.
7.45pm, call 0113 2137700

Do it. It's free.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Just one more I couldn't ignore. Cleverly designed with a typeface where every letter can be found to be a variation of the figure 8. So appealing.

Nice touch

Continuing along the logo theme, I present this.

A film reel turned to look like a scary ghost for a production house.
Designer: Josiah Jost

Another from Jost who is also the designer of ED Logo; 'Elettro Domestici' - 'Home Appliances'.

Here, the traditional logo designing concept through has been changed. The designer has used the negative space to demonstrate the letter “E” and “D” making the logo look like an electric plug. Seemingly obvious, but then again, he thought of it first.

Hidden in the Alps

Simply irresistible. However this isn't me just singing Toblerones tasting praises, it is about something which I have literally only just noticed. So I thought the logo was a depiction of the Swiss Alps, and I bet you did too.
Toblerone originated in Bern, Switzerland, a city I now know is rumoured to mean, 'City of bears'. Now look again, you will find a bear in the logo.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Respect the chair.

The Robin Day Chair.

Revolutionary furniture design, created in the pop culture of the swinging 60's.


A seating sensation.

20 million worldwide.

A testament to how good design can work on so many levels, and a perfect example of classic British furniture.

Just me?

I really can't understand why this is the case, and secondly why I feel the need to share it quite so badly. But this roadwork just down a side road in Headingly, Leeds, looks like nothing other than a giant biro pen rammed into the ground! I realise it's just the end of an exposed gas pipe, but I can't see it. Just shows how you can get a mental block on something so silly, kind of like a trick of the eye..maybe!? (I seem to be making a habit of creating these images-wild imagination)

Wondering if anyone else immediately sees anything like the same thing? I wanted to find apicture of the particular pen I mean, but it's proving hard to find. Think they are the WHSmith own make ones -this exact colour with that round yellow capped end, they try to imitate the bic. I used to use them in Secondary School, perhaps this is why I have such a strong association.

Monday, September 07, 2009

There's an elephant in my cup

I don't often get to drink Turkish coffee. However, I find the art of coffee cup reading fascinating. I was on the phone this afternoon, and there it was (in the remains of my hot chocolate) -an elephant. I speedily finished the call, and like a loser grabbed for the camera phone. By this time some of the white gaps had merged a bit, so what you see here isn't as great as what I saw. Not bad though.

So I looked up what this symbol might mean as lets be honest, the internet has a quick answer for everything.

Surprisingly, nothing on elephants, but fish, in general, indicate good fortune, a lump sum of money. The dolphin is a big fish-so a much bigger lump sum of money!

You can also, observe other symbols or signs around it, they are supposedly linked to work, or travel. Consider where it is positioned in a cup. Nearer to the handle your luck may be in sooner. Also, nearer the rim is earlier rather later (away from the handle, or further down the bottom of the cup).

Have a look here, for more symbols and their meanings, and next time delve into the foam remains of your's fun.

Yog and I

Let us consider the possibilities...

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Why Mac sucks

Yes, I'm a Mac owner like most of us 'designers', but I just can't help but agree, especially on a bad day! Have a watch, I guarantee you will too.

There's a load more Mac v Microsoft, so just type anything similar to the title of this post into the famous, Youtube.

Welcome to the cat house

Nice, I thought. (If you like cats, and that kind of thing)

Trafalgar Square Freeze

London, 2008. Quite literally as-if wax work models. Some are much better than others.
Surreal to see Trafalgar caught in a moment.

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU