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some prints

Velvet Underground poster

Get yourself a free A2 print by Stockport-based Graphic Nothing.

New work: CampusIT

CampusIT sketches

CampusIT designs, develops, implements and maintains student management information systems for universities and colleges in the UK and Ireland.

From the reader #2

dpr house

Stand-out content from my feed reader.

Arwey notebooks

Arwey notebook

Any of the notebooks from Arwey would make a great designer gift. The mailman delivered these two.

Letterpress note cards

Letterpress note cards

Hoban Cards. Definitely worth a look.

Aesop on kindness

Mouse carving

This one isn’t just appropriate for the business of design, but for life in general.

How to package elastic bands

Elastic band packaging

The stronger the band, the more the box is squeezed.

Aesop on giving critiques

Two bags

According to ancient lore, every man is born into the world with two bags suspended from his neck.

Twitter lists

Twitter lists @DavidAirey

That Twitter thing last month? Turns out I’ve missed reading designers’ updates.

D&AD President offers advice to graduates on getting hired

D&AD President, Sanky, offers his advice for design graduates entering the profession.

Aesop on client focus

Dog hand silhouette

Don’t spend time dreaming of future clients when you should be focusing on those you have.

Aesop on design contests

Lion stone carving

No matter how much you have, never argue with quality.

Aesop on hiring a professional

Aesop the Greek

Cutting small costs can cause great wounds.

From the reader #1

British Isles map

A quick roundup from my feed reader. Might be a regular thing. Might not.

Boat Magazine

Boat Magazine

This lovely publication dropped through my letterbox the other day — the first issue of Boat Magazine.

Using Twitter in the information (overload) age

information overload

As someone who does almost 100% of my business online, a need to filter the bombardment of info ranks highly when it comes to paying the bills.

Design on the side

Stapler

You might know something about root canals, but I know what I like, and that’s more important.

Patterns in design

tree trunk pattern

When I get creative block, I find it helps to return to design in its most natural form.

Symbol, by Angus Hyland & Steven Bateman

Symbol book

Symbol is a new book by Angus Hyland and Steven Bateman, published by Laurence King.

Too many ideas

white circle black background

Any one of these mistakes would be enough to hinder a project’s completion.

New work: Digital Luxury Group

Digital Luxury Group

An agency providing online marketing services to companies active in the luxury industry.

Comment threads on portfolio entries

vintage microphone

Earlier on Twitter I mentioned I was debating the pros and cons of viewer comments on portfolio entries.

We all need to start somewhere

number six

I was taking a few photos of cards for my portfolio when I came across my very first business card.

Identity Designed half-century

ID logo

Identity Designed has reached a half-century of brand case studies.

Eight languages

the process of design

My book’s available in the following translations.

Note cards

Moo card David Airey

Taking the lead from designer Graham Smith, I bought some “note cards” and a holder from MOO.

If design was an iceberg

Baffin Island iceberg, Canada

Multi-million dollar investments in contest-listing websites will inevitably prompt a more aggressive marketing push, but as long as self-respecting designers continue to differentiate themselves this won’t affect client acquisition.

Tell your story

ABC collage

You’re what makes you different. Tell your story.

“The Coca-Cola Conspiracy” and ethical design

Coca-Cola logo

Where’s the line between a focus on your career and the impact of your work on society at large?

Letterheady

Andy Warhol letterhead

Letterheady. Showcasing the letterheads of famous people and corporations.