NiftyFifty posters

A poster project where 50 designers/studios from around the world put their visual interpretation on the word “Money.”

Footage of Renoir and Monet painting

Renoir painting at home

I’d no idea the two impressionists were filmed. Interesting glimpses of past masters at work.

Five things

Five Things

Paul McNally asked me to submit to his Five Things project — a collection of favourites from people of all ages, locations, and occupations.

New cards

Card reverse

“Less is more. Just your name or email will do, like an old-fashioned calling card you’d present to the butler.”

The Process: A New Foundation in Art and Design

The Process, by Judith and Richard Wilde

A collection of 13 experimental projects designed to teach conceptual thinking and problem solving to art and design students.



Turn your type drawings into a font using Fontself — software extensions for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Trade Marks & Symbols, 1973

Trade Marks & Symbols

Trade Marks & Symbols is a comprehensive, profusely illustrated guide to more than 1,500 trademarks from all over the world.

Chris Parry’s business card

Chris Parry carpenter business card

I like Chris Parry’s business card, designed by C21 in Cheshire.

Adrian Frutiger, 1928-2015

Adrian Frutiger

Renowned Swiss type designer Adrian Frutiger died on September 12th after a lifetime of creating some of the most highly regarded typefaces in the world.

It Is Always Now

On top of Kilimanjaro

Part of us always knows that we’re just a doctor’s visit away or a phone call away from being starkly reminded with the fact of our own mortality.


Officehours logo

I just held my first four sessions on Officehours — the free service set up byEric Karjaluoto and Eric Shelkie of smashLAB.

New work: Prime Snowsports

Prime Snowsports business card

Julia and Stephen Down hired me to design an identity for their private ski instruction business.

It’s All Our Blood

It’s all our blood poster

Harry Pearce was asked to design a poster exploring the enduring effects of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Giving voice to ideas

London Vision Clinic, by hat-trick

Copywriting can be about much more than just tone of voice. It can form an integral part of a company’s brand strategy.

Change your perspective

Yes No sculpture

This YES/NO sculpture by Markus Raetz (2003) made me think.

On getting paid

Pay Monopoly man

It’s professional to clarify terms before a client makes an initial payment, and clients want to work with professionals.

Pigeon Loft, by Schmidt Architects

Pigeon Loft, by Schmidt Architects

Inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, the Pigeon Loft was built using materials left over from previous Schmidt projects.

The Art of Hermann Zapf

The Art of Hermann Zapf

The Art of Hermann Zapf was the idea of Hallmark Cards. The company wanted to make an educational film to be lent to art schools and TV stations.

Perpetual black water whirlpool

Anish Kapoor Descension

In its state of flux and motion, Descension confronts us with a perpetual force and a downward pull into an unknowable interior.

Fontstand launches

Fontstand foundries

Fontstand is a Mac OS X app that allows you to try fonts for free or rent them by the month for desktop use.

Typefaces for people with dyslexia

Dyslexia typeface sketch

When they’re reading, people with dyslexia often unconsciously switch, rotate, and mirror letters in their minds.

Printing Flaunt


Armin Vit answered a few questions about the printing and packaging of UCllc’s latest book release.


TextPref symbol

Together with a small international team, designer Miles Newlyn has just launched the TextPref type foundry.

From AWeber to MailChimp

MailChimp logo sketch

While AWeber was working, MailChimp is so much more intuitive from a design perspective.

Instagram “engagement”

Instagram flat

Instagram ranks highest for “social engagement” amongst the popular social sites, with 4.21% of followers interacting compared to 0.03% on Twitter.

New York skyline: 1500-2015

1 World Trade Center

The elevators to the observatory at the top of 1 World Trade Center show an animated time lapse recreating the New York City skyline.

New work: Uptown Dogs

Uptown Dogs print

Jamie has more than 15 years’ experience caring for dogs, and has worked with and been mentored by some of the UK’s leading canine trainers and behaviourists.

Renoir, My Father

Renoir self-portrait circa 1910

The following passage gives a glimpse of life in 1845 when Pierre-Auguste Renoir arrived in Paris at the age of four.



A reader asked for help overcoming creative block. I suggested watching Samsara.

Meaningless design briefs?

Level of satisfaction

Is it a product or service that we think needs to be in the world, or would we use it ourselves?