Jed Kurzel likes to view musicians as actors, letting them be a part of the creative process. “Treat them with respect and they will be with you all the way. They’ll also give you something different.” It’s wonderful advice for anyone in the creative profession, a profession where let’s be honest, there are too many divas around.… Read more
I’ve always been aware of the Barry Lyndon poster by the french poster designer Jouineau Bourduge with its Saul Bass inspired illustration.
It seems ubiquitous — up there with Pacino’s Scarface poster so beloved of students — yet I think it has a timeless and mythical quality, very much like the best of Kubrick’s creations.
Picasso’s most monumental works were behind him, when in December 1945 he created a unique series of small lithographs that caused me to have an epiphany. Picasso’s most renowned artistic periods of Cubism, Surrealism and the War period culminating in Guernica, each described the world very differently. For an artist to have so many ways… Read more
I’ve just walked into a room full of parents with their newborns. It’s feeding time. Some are crying and struggling. It’s a little cacophonous. The parents are trying to make conversation with one another. A father, who is sitting directly to my right, has been struggling to wind his baby. A little cherub has suddenly… Read more
The Irish music festival Electric Picnic has grown spectacularly quickly since 2004. EP is the festival’s festival. Everything is available and gastronomically it’s amazingly eclectic. Art direction is top notch from the Trailer Park to the Salty Dog stage in the woods. The feeling that I get as I stand in the middle of the… Read more
How many books about Usability and UX that you’ve read were uninspiring reads? Dull even? Duller than a book on accounting or gerbil maintenance? This question came to me after cleaning out my library of design related books to make space for my wife and kids. The majority of titles hadn’t been touched since purchase.… Read more
I saw the remastered version of 2001: A Space Odyssey recently and was struck by how beautifully designed HAL’s displays were. The type is set in Eurostyle Extended and gives the display console a bold visual presence, a perfect contrast to the ship’s interiors that are largely made up of white surfaces. This logical, highly… Read more
It was only until recently, when I delved a bit deeper into the pen world, that I realised it was a diverse universe with passionate people interested in cheap off the shelf pens. Once you start investigating something seemingly banal, picking up a Bic disposable will never feel quite right ever again. I choose pens… Read more
Some of my messy and unbelievably incomplete notes from Offset 2015 in Dublin.
At the dawn of modern computing, tech roles were held by mathematicians, physicists and electrical engineers. While these disciplines are still core to tech, it’s a much broader universe now than those early pioneers could have envisioned…
It wasn’t the best year for album cover design. Oh dear… I now imagine an army of designers lying in wait behind the ‘comfy couch’ in my favourite coffee emporium, waiting to beat me to death with their Moleskines. I understand the argument that there is always good and bad in any year, but compared… Read more