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Advice for authors

Typewriter close-up

If you’re writing a book for the money, you’re going to be disappointed.

TIME magazine covers: worldwide differences

TIME magazine cover 2045

Selective variations might, on the face of it, appear as censorship, but…

From the reader #4

design trend

These seem popular now (or these now seem popular). They do, don’t they?

Moses bridge at Fort de Roovere

Sunken foot bridge

Great. Love it. But I can’t help wondering how often this happens.

International Year of Chemistry

International Year of Chemistry poster design

It’s the International Year of Chemistry, and graphic designer Simon C Page (previously featured for his Year of Astronomy posters) has created a set of ten promotional poster designs.

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

“…before we worked together, he was a legend in my eyes. His designs, for film titles and company logos and record albums and posters, defined an era.”

Free MOOney

Cow skin pattern

I have 15 MOO discount codes to give away, each getting you (or someone you know) the following.

Remove the logo. Know the brand.

Burberry tie

A little reminder that we need create more than just wordmarks and symbols.

Brand Thinking

Brand Thinking

Debbie Millman’s new book Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits is an engaging collection of dialogues between Debbie and different leaders in the field.

Why do so few designers join professional design organisations?

Blank organisation chart

“You get out of it what you put in, so if you don’t go to meetings, or become involved with other members, paying the fee is pretty much useless.”

When asking for a design critique

Ghost twins

Don’t show two logos and ask, “Which one’s best?”

What employers look for #4

SomeOne in London studio

But some of them, man alive… I really wish they’d read what I’m about to write.

What employers look for #3

Sterling Brands studio

A glass-half-full mentality has helped all of us through a hellacious week. Complainers need not apply.

What employers look for #2

160over90 studio

The postcard for the real estate development? It sucks. Get rid of it.

What employers look for #1

smashLAB agency

If you aren’t absolutely committed to your career, I’ll come to the conclusion that I shouldn’t be either.


Identify by Chermayeff & Geismar

Identity design is not about what one likes or dislikes. It’s about what works.

Kerning game

Kerning game

Sounds nerdy. Probably is. Fun, though!

The King of Legoland

Another World video game

Two minutes rammed full of childhood memories.

Can I legally hire unpaid interns?

Hire sign

Useful if offering internships (to stay on the right side of the law), and if seeking a placement (to ensure your chosen internship is the best possible match).


David Airey workspace

I recently had a chat with Cerentha Harris, editor of Herman Miller’s Lifework blog.

From nought to 87,698 in five years

Glass-fronted building

According to the FeedBurner chicklet in the sidebar, my RSS subscriber count has risen to 87,698. Here’s why (I think).

Just My Type

Just My Type

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts is a light-hearted collection of stories aimed at non-designers.

The stories behind car brand names

Saab logo

Etymology is the study of the history of words. There’s a collection of company name etymologies on Wikipedia. Here are a few choice picks from the automotive industry.

New work: TalkTo

TalkTo logo on tshirt

I recently created a number of identity design variations for Massachusetts-based startup TalkTo.

San Serriffe

San Serriffe

San Serriffe — my next island destination.


El Medano Tenerife

No blog/email/Twitter action this past week. Been in Tenerife.

Where to find the right designer

X mark

There are thousands of designers available at every level of cost.

How do you deal with unpaid invoices?

Past due stamp

What percentage do you bill a client for unpaid invoices?

From the reader #3


“Here’s to the crazy ones. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently.”

You are the map maker

Your best idea

What’s the formula for blog posts that will get the greatest number of retweets? Which new product or service will make you the most money? Do you know?