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Letterpress Archive: Creative type setting – Before and After

Having a simple proofing press is not great at precision printing, particularly if you want to typeset 13pt Dorchester script or do a large print run. It is very good however at allowing you creative license to do things differently. Here are a few pieces I have done over the last couple of years with […]

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Colour Letterpress

Letterpress Archive: 2012 A Vintage year

  Having a small letterpress proofing press in a shed at the back of my garden allows me to do some of my own work in my own (snatched) time. When I acquired a tray of old poster borders I put them to work on this set of wine labels for a 50th birthday present. […]

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thinking and campaigning

The power of circular design

A one minute animation done by D&AD for the Blank Sheet Project. Released in 2013.

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thinking and campaigning

Article archive: 2014 – The Great Recovery, Phase 2

Take a look around you. Wherever you are there will almost certainly be something that has been designed. The buying and selling of these objects, the way they are made and the people and raw materials that are involved in the making build economies and develop societies. The design industry is a key part of […]

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Article archive: 2010 – Re-defining the 3Rs

This year’s debates have focused around challenges where design is a major player. Material scarcity and recovery, confusion around best practice, the speed of technological advances in production and the increasing complexity of stakeholders and client teams that need to be convinced. Designers who concern themselves with these issues are putting themselves in pole position […]

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thinking and campaigning

Article archive: 2013 – What Comes Around Goes Around

There is nothing more sobering than standing at the foot of a very steep mountain, particularly if that mountain is an enormous pile of waste electronics. At the bottom of the mountain stand a group of designers, chemists, entrepreneurs, manufacturers and technologists, all looking up in awe at the monstrous pile of objects. Coloured plastic […]

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Article archive: 2012 – The Great Recovery

In 2011 I joined a UK government mission to Holland to study the Dutch strategies to ‘design out landfill’. The Dutch introduced a ban on landfill in 1995 and are now pioneering new strategies in resource efficiency. Our visit took us to facilities that sorted, recovered, and managed resource (or waste as we were still […]

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Article archive: 2011 – The question of added value

A small green shoot in an otherwise anxious economic time:  In the small town of Baikal in Siberia a transformation takes place. Where once stood the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill belching foul-smelling sulphates into the air and chlorides, phenols and other chemicals into the lake now grows a blossoming tourism industry. The ecologists had […]

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Colour Letterpress thinking and campaigning

Waste It Ain’t

Like last year I have had the great pleasure in producing a poster for WWF’s Earth Hour campaign with Do the Green Thing. I say great pleasure because I absolutely mean it. If you have had a design studio for as long as I have you will know that generally my days are filled with […]