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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.

Picasso and pricing your work

Picasso and Brigitte Bardot

A question I’m often asked is whether to charge clients by the hour or by the project.



Water is collected by the house itself, cleaned and reused, and the house supplies its own power.

Introducing charm into charmless categories

Haus der Kulturen der Welt

A great insight into SomeOne’s approach to brand identity projects.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Typo Berlin venue), photo credit: Farbkontrast

Design pricing for non-profits

Paper money

Do the same design pricing principles apply?

The Fortune Cookie Principle

Fortune cookie

Full of inspiring stories about what makes businesses unique (and successful).

One breath at a time

Sun Hongsheng

People I’ll never meet can do a lot to keep me motivated.

Double-use billboards

IBM smart ideas billboard

“By adding a simple curve, we gave advertising a new function.”

15 Years, 115 Projects

15 115 by Mark Bloom

15/115 (15 Years, 115 Projects) is the second book from designer Mark Bloom of Mash Creative.