At the Dots conference last month, Mark Earls gave some fresh takes on his favourite theme – humans-as-copying-machines. The best way to come up with something new, he showed, was to copy someone else, or something else. You come up with something new because, in the process of copying, you make errors. He went further,…… Continue reading Business model design trumps product design for value creation
Image: from Endless Studios’ case study. Last week I went to Christmas drinks with Brilliant Noise’s design partners, Endless Studios, in their new Brighton offices. When I go somewhere like Endless, I realise my own taste is largely of the know-it-when-I-see-it variety, and that the creation of beautiful things – from spaces to typefaces to whole brand…… Continue reading Endless and taste. Strategy and design.
Image: just an act of florid self-expression… Musing on Instagram, Adrian Chan has a great insight about the nature of “the social screen”: The image, as an act of expression, inherits from the medium. The social screen has three modes: mirror, surface, and window. In its mirror mode, we see our image. In its surface…… Continue reading The social screen
At the Firestarters event at Google ton Wednesday, we got to hear three fascinating talks on entrepreneurship (a topic naturally very close to my heart, being 6 weeks or so into the first year of Brilliant Noise’s new phase). I may not have time to write everything up, but here are some notes on the…… Continue reading Firestarters: Adil Abrar on “minimum viable technology”
Over the summer the amazing design team at Endless have been working on developing a new brand look and feel for Brilliant Noise. Over the past year, I’ve muddled by with just a wonderful font, but with things beginning to grow at Brilliant Noise, I thought it was time to get a proper brand in…… Continue reading Brilliant Noise brand work, by Endless
I’m posting a lot of videos recently. Maybe I should be setting up a Tumblr blog for this sort of thing. Maybe not. Anyway, this is a gem: combining three of my interests: typography, London and history, it’s a short film by Michael Bokkowski at Linefeed: A Typographic Survey of the City of London from…… Continue reading Typograhic history of the City of London