I write for brands and for organisations, helping them to tell their stories and communicate clearly. I also write reviews, articles and opinion pieces, mainly on design, branding, art and visual culture.
Three reflections on a theme that’s preoccupied us in 2020. Looking close-in sometimes reveals previously unacknowledged depth and richness in our immediate surroundings.
Working on the brand for Creative Estuary, we developed a core storyline that also provided the script for a launch video. Like all good stories it will develop over time. This is just the beginning.
Writing for the Sussex Modern initiative was a challenge to shift the current narrative to a new place – reflecting the county’s creative spirit and focusing on new ways to experience its landscape, art and winemaking. The lead-in text for the campaign follows.
Recent poetry workshops at Rye Harbour have led me to write in a different genre, mainly about place and wildlife. Three short pieces follow.
Article published in Typographic 71 relates how a series of screen print images evoke memories of places visited.
This article was written for the first edition of Industry magazine, reflecting on the essence of information design.
Reassessing our love hate relationship with Brutalism and all things concrete. Published in Industry magazine 1.
Writing a personal take on design thinking and how it become an influence in the world’s largest and most innovative businesses.
Over the past five years I have been a regular, if modest, contributor to Eye magazine. Here are some links to the various articles, reviews and blog posts.
Interview with Clare Playne and Jim Northover featured in Grafik 8 December 2015 under the title Well Rounded
Part one: The Lantau and Airport Railway.
This article was written for The Beauty of Transport website.
This exhibition review I wrote for Grafik appeared online earlier this month.
This commentary I wrote was published this week by Design Week under the title ‘Is there ever a case for ordinary branding?’
Thought piece for Industry Branding website
The editor of Grafik, Caroline Roberts, recently asked me to choose my design ‘hero’. Here’s what I wrote on Ivan Chermayeff, whose recent e
This article I wrote for Design Week appeared on 16 January.
This article was published in Times Higher Education 31 October 2013 under the title International treasure
Many companies today are suffering from corporate amnesia, forgetting what made them successful at the outset. The failure to recognise…
This is an extract from a talk delivered to MBA students at Brunel Business School earlier this month.
This article was published in The Times Higher Education World Rankings 2011-12, published 15 March 2012
This article appeared in Eye 80 under the heading 20 years of change: graphic design in past, present and future decades
Part of a presentation given at a Brunel University Business School seminar in London on 10 December 2010
Introductory note in First Edition, a publication by graduating students of the London College of Communication MA programme in Design Writing Criticism 2010
Completing a post-graduate degree in Design Writing Criticism has taken up most of the summer and beyond.
Hayward Gallery 14 October-10 January Review published in Blueprint 285 December 2009
For years now, brands and branding have been associated with goods and services, mainly those we see, buy and use everyday. The world of marketing has focused on these because that’s where the big money lies, or has done.
Keynote talk to introduce SIGN 09, a conference organised by the International Institute of Information Design and the Sign Design Society: Vienna 3-11 December 2009.
Review of Eric Gill at the Royal Academy for FAD website