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No More Landmines

No More Landmines poster

Graphic Advocacy is a collection of empathetic and visually compelling messages for our time.

G . F Smith, 1885 onwards

G . F Smith, Portrait of a Company

G . F Smith’s Portrait of a Company just came in the post.

The imai house

imai house

Despite the mixed reviews I’ve read, there’s something about the imai house I find appealing.

Mike Dempsey on “the graphic designer and ethics”

Fat Ronal McDonald graffiti

“A design ‘strategy’ is often little more than a plan of action to hoodwink customers.”

“The button that keeps us on”

On button

But over time I learned how to choose clients more wisely…

Context is key

Armani Exchange logo

A good lesson, from Chermayeff & Geismar’s 2011 book Identify.

From the reader #23

Pejac Line

Pejac. My kind of artist.


Responsive design

I’ve been meaning to launch a responsive WordPress theme for quite a while.

Comic Sans for Cancer

Comic Sans for Cancer

An upcoming exhibition of posters inspired by the 20th anniversary of Comic Sans.

Wigan Little Theatre’s little known facts

Wigan Little Theatre's little known facts

Problem: design a brochure for a small theatre.
Solution: make the brochure small.

Food art pairings

Pantone lemon lime

“Instantly I thought of how people pair food together, and that was that. Pantone pairings.”

Into Asia

Work for Money, Design for Love

You made the book, and it’s out there helping designers all over the world.

From the reader #22

Steven Heller in conversation with Milton Glaser. An interesting listen.

D&AD 2014 branding

Tama Art University identity design

A few stand-out entries in the branding category of this year’s D&AD Awards.

The Geometry of Type

The Geometry of Type

An intricate look at the construction of 100 traditional and modern typefaces.

A few Adobe alternatives

Adobe CC Photoshop

I doubt any of these Adobe alternatives will be quite as good, but they might do as much as you need.

Haribo Fruity Bears campaign

Haribo Fruity Bears

This print-ad campaign for German confectioner Haribo actually made my mouth water.

New work: Rupp

Rupp type sketch

Established by Josef Rupp I in 1908, Rupp is a traditional Austrian cheese factory.

On negotiating your design salary

Nail It

“I recently gave a talk to a group of design students on early career negotiations.”

The ubiquity of Helvetica

Subway signage Helvetica

Good design is unobtrusive and long lasting. That’s Helvetica.

Brand naming resources

A naming handbook

Naming can be one of the hardest parts of a branding project.

Why I use AWeber for newsletters

AWeber HQ

Half a year back I switched from FeedBurner to AWeber. Here are a few of the benefits.

Giving better design feedback


Is there something you do to make sure client feedback is valuable and on point?

More often than not, you get what you pay for

USI logo

Tabloid stories about new designs tend to focus on two things: the money, and the logo.

From the reader #21

Italy flag from food

National flags made from each country’s traditional foods, by WHYBIN \ TBWA.

Is it still important to sketch as a designer?

ADB logo sketches

I enjoy drawing, and I do better work when it’s enjoyable. So there’s that, too.

Urban interactions: StreetPong

StreetPong data collection

StreetPong. 10/10 for creativity.

No, No, No, No, No, Yes.

Gideon Amichay book

I might have given up my dream. A big mistake.

We could really do with £50k

50 pound note

If they give 20% what’s to stop the client chipping further?