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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?

Graphic Icons: Jan Tschichold

Tschichold poster

Jan Tschichold shaped graphic design long after his own death.

The influence of colour in brand identity

Union Jewellery boxes

Who wants 50 shades of grey when you’ve got the choice of the rainbow?

From the reader #20

Hong Kong tower block, Michael Wolf

Michael Wolf’s architecture of density project is pretty incredible.

New work: LeFLOW

LeFLOW identity

Parisian fashion designer Lionel Le Floch asked me to create his trademark.

Letterpress and edge painting by kikisoso

kikisoso letterpress card

Printed in-house using a Golding Jobber from the 1880s, onto Gmund cotton 600gsm.

LiveSurface Context

LiveSurface Context

An Adobe Illustrator plugin that renders your flat artwork in seconds.

Measuring design’s return on investment

Design ROI

How do you measure the success of a design project?

Originality in design

Dyson Air Multiplier

Emilyn Cheong asked me a few questions for her final year project, titled “Originality Trouble.”

Eliodomestico: a solar household still for developing countries


Giving families drinking water from the sea at no operating cost.

The computer’s a dangerous instrument…

Milton Glaser, to inform and to delight

…because it shapes your capacity to understand what’s possible.

Guinness Extra Cold posters

Guinness Extra Cold poster

Good ideas don’t need embellishment.

Blank Slate: A Comprehensive Library of Photographic Templates

Blank Slate

A nice alternative to signing up to a stock photography website.

The Design Method

Exit sign

The Design Method is a new book by Eric Karjaluoto.

From the reader #19

Coloured lights

Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos.

On communication between designers and clients

Telephone pole

I was briefly interviewed by Web Designer magazine about designer/client communication.

Book giveaway

LDL and WFMDFL books

I’m giving away seven copies of each of my books, and 20 codes for digital versions of each.

The financial value of side projects


The compromise was £57.5K (about $90K USD).

150 years of designs for the Dutch Postal Services

Dutch postal service

I just spent too long looking at design history from the Dutch Postal Services.

Busier than expected


The other night I watched Panorama’s Tainted Love episode.



Written by Linds Redding a few months before he died last year aged 52.

Wonderland. A short documentary on creative commerce.

Creative professionals talk about dealing with things that may seem out of your control.

Banknotes for the visually impaired

Canadian banknote

Only the United States prints bills that are identical in size and colour in all their denominations.