1. This shot of a single drop of seawater magnified 25 times by photographer David Littschwager is kind of mind-blowing.


  2. "

    Finally, from Massimo I learned never to give up. He was able to bring enthusiasm, joy and intensity to the smallest design challenge. Even after fifty years, he could delight in designing something like a business card as if he had never done one before.

    It was Massimo who taught me one of the simplest things in the world: that if you do good work, you get more good work to do, and conversely bad work brings more bad work. It sounds simple, but it’s remarkable, over the course of a lifetime of pragmatism and compromise, how easy it is to forget: the only way to do good work is simply to do good work. Massimo did good work.

    — from Michael Bierut’s moving eulogy to the great Massimo Vignelli, 1931-2014

  3. Over the weekend I reached the funding goal in my Kickstarter campaign! There’s still a few days left if you’d like to get involved and back the project. I made a little video to say thanks, featuring our short-lived mascot, Sparky…


  4. Firewords Quarterly

    The Kickstarter campaign to launch my creative writing magazine, Firewords Quarterly, is now over half way through its time. It’s currently sitting at 70% of its goal, but still has a way to go.

    Sharing the campaign with your friends or backing the project makes a huge difference! You can get a copy of Issue One for as little as £6 (with free UK delivery) and there are heaps of other sweet rewards for bigger pledges.

    Watch my video for more deets: http://kck.st/OutynX


  5. Edgar Allan #Poe wants to be on your wall. Get this amazing print by backing the Firewords Quarterly Kickstarter campaign!


  6. Isabel Urbina Peña is a designer at Random House in New York. I love the inventive ways she presents her book covers (it helps that they’re fantastic covers too).


  7. Firewords Quarterly is a personal project that I’ve been throwing myself into over the last few months. Starting my own literary journal has been a huge dream of mine for the longest time. I’ll write more about my inspiration for this project soon but, until then, head over to firewords.co.uk/giveaway and sign up for my newsletter. I’ll send you free goodies in return! (while stocks last)


  8. This is important.


  9. Well, this just blew my mind. Who knew the door needed re-inventing?


  10. "This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it."
    — Bronnie Ware, a palliative nurse, who cares for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives.

  11. I’m loving the visuals in this Thirty Seconds To Mars video. The song is pretty sweet too.


  12. This is my summer tune. I’m aware it’s only January, but this is getting me through the cold, dark months.


  13. "I’m trying to spend less time stuck indoors staring into the aluminium-framed abyss. I want to use my Mac as a tool for the final execution of an idea, not the exploration. As someone who came into the industry after the X-Actos and Cow Gum had already been tidied away to the big studio stockroom in the sky, it’s good to keep reminding myself that design is at its best when it’s a physical act, more than a mere click-and drag. As Paul Rand told his students: “It is important to use your hands, this is what distinguishes you from a cow or a computer operator.”

    So I’ve been spending more time drawing and sketching and doodling (trust me, there are subtle but significant differences), and rediscovering life away from the cursor. More photography, less Photoshop – that sort of thing. I’m covered in inky stains and papercuts and a look of shame brought on by catching sight of my own moronic handwriting, but creating without a screen has been eye-opening and revitalising. I’m one frantic creative episode away from being that guy with a stubby pencil permanently tucked behind his ear."
    — Wise words after my own heart by Daniel Benneworth-Gray, from the July 2013 issue of Creative Review.

  14. Saw this new band in Newcastle last week. Melodic, folky goodness.


  15. New Year, New Blog

    I wrote the previous post almost exactly a year ago; so much for ‘a coupla days’, huh?

    Anyway, I’ve finally got around to redoing this blog. I’ve decided to strip it back and just focus on the content. I’ll be posting all sorts of things: bits of my own work (final pieces and also development), random musings, other design goodies I stumble on, new music I discover, etc.

    These posts may be regular, or they may not. We shall see. I hope everyone’s 2014 is going swimmingly so far.