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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?

Marginalising creativity


There’s never a good reason for designers to call themselves “creatives.”

Run a holiday

Virgin Run a Holiday

It doesn’t need to be limited to Virgin, either. Any airline that offers airmiles could team up with a manufacturer of electronic gym equipment.

Two Hulls

Two Hulls house, Canada

Brian MacKay-Lyons of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple has been awarded the 2015 RAIC Gold Medal for his body of architectural work.

Ije Nwokorie on branding

Virgin Media glasses

I agree that there isn’t a branding process. Branding is too broad a term. But there is a process for designing a brand identity.

The craft of neon sign-making

Neon skull

A master in his craft, Mike Heist is responsible for the bending of some of Portland’s most iconic neon signage.


Guillermo font

Creating a collection of typefaces based on the handwriting of homeless people.

Outgoings in design self-employment

Kelli Anderson standup desk

As a graphic designer, what are your initial business costs and annual outgoings?

Designers and their mobile apps

Tornado 348

I asked a few talented designers if there are any apps that help them with their design work.

Site changes


After four or five years using my old custom theme it was time for an update.



The three day event is returning to Dublin on March 6th-8th, 2015.

Identityworks retirement


Tony Spaeth’s site was one of the first that inspired me to build my own.

Lassa road fashion

Lassa road fashion

These “winter road fashion” print ads for Lassa caught my eye.

Typeface combinations used in design books

Thinking with Type

Look for typefaces designed by the same designer or created during the same era.

Ask me anything #2

Clandeboye Estate

The second part in the Q&A series.

Things I’m sent

KOH lamp

A lot of what’s sent isn’t worth sharing, but other things are…

How to persuade

Pan Am commercial still

When advertising wasn’t about paid celebrity endorsements, effects and decoration.

Remember those great Volkswagen ads?

Remember those great Volkswagen ads?

“…if you simply appreciate wit and style, you’ll enjoy this book.”

Is success luck of the draw?

King of Clubs

Do you believe there is a factor that leads a designer to be successful?

From the reader #25


Deiter Steffmann’s type collection of Blackletter is free to download.

Ask me anything #1

ADB logo sketches

If I misunderstood any of your questions, feel free to pull me up in the comments.

Pass it on

Logo Design Love spread, Cerovski

I’ve got six copies of the new Logo Design Love book to give away.

OPENING, by Christopher Willits

OPENING, by Christopher Willits

OPENING is a beautifully immersive audio visual recording.

Antisocial media marketing

Dislike button

This is why Facebook isn’t a good marketing spend.

Photo by zeevveez

Drone over Burning Man

Burning Man 2014 from above

Undoubtedly a photographer’s paradise.

Hiiibrand Awards winners

Hiiibrand Awards

I had the pleasure of sitting on the judging panel for the Hiiibrand Awards.

Keep experimenting

S grass

“But what do you show in your book? Well, show some experimentation.”

From the reader #24

Paul Rand, Thoughts on Design

Here’s some good career advice from Moving Brands’ CEO Matt Heinl.

Logo Design Love, second edition, available for pre-order

Logo Design Love

The second edition of Logo Design Love is at the printers.