Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Slippery jazz hands man

I love the jazz hands on this stick man.

For years I was an embarrassment on family holidays by constantly stopping to take photos of whatever it was we were designing at the time: airport signs or payphone user instructions were favourites. So it was nice to get this photo sent to my phone by my son Alex, overcome by a sad genetic urge to snap a sign for the first time. It's only a matter of time before he inherits my baldness too.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

News graphics

I recently made the acquaintance of Max Gadney - he's responsible for news graphics at the BBC (or at least I think he may have moved on from that role as, googling him, I find his very information-rich job title is Channel Editor, BBC Two & BBC Four, Vision Multi-Platform team). As a sideline he creates terrific information graphics for World War II magazine, like this one.

Have a look at his website.

Max also told me about the Society for News Design.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The book - tech support

This wonderful YouTube clip from a Norwegian comedy show was doing the rounds a year ago or so, but in case you missed it...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Not fade away

My photo flatters the legibility of this slowly fading message outside Barts Hospital in London.

A worry for the literal minded

This sign I found in a Starbucks loo is a little worrying for the literal-minded... not to say anally retentive.

Stop, stop, please stop

Martin Evans has sent me this link to a nice video: what happens when marketers brief an agency to design the stop sign.