Why going unnoticed could be the best outcome for your business

March 5th, 2018


A few months ago I was lucky enough to spend an evening with no-nonsense conservation crusader and broadcasting legend Chris Packham. Well, me and a town hall full of my closest friends. He was talking about nature photography and in particular his enthusiastic use of bokeh. I was enraptured, not only is Chris Packham one… read more


Why real engagement is a brain of two halves.

July 18th, 2017


Stepping out of the studio a few weeks ago I chanced to look up, hoping to see swifts dive-bombing across the sky I think, but there, beaming satellite-straight across the patch of blue right overhead was a different shape – higher up than a swift and much larger – a stiff flared-out M with a… read more


Are your desire lines working against you?

April 19th, 2017


Last summer, in the front garden of the house two doors down, a curious thing occurred. The photograph above I’ve annotated so you too can be as puzzled as I was. You will see the driveway from the road up to the front of the house and you will also see the end result of… read more


The hermit crab, the feral pigeon and the finer points of collaboration.

January 25th, 2017


Anyone who has ever encountered hermit crabs will probably have discovered that they come in different sizes, in other words they grow. Not a completely noteworthy thought, I agree, however, have you ever considered what happens when a hermit crab grows? One day it wakes up, stretches its pincers and notices everything is a bit… read more


PowerPoint – the death of the presentation?

November 16th, 2016


Frank Lloyd-Wright, the great Wisconsin-born American architect, father of the Prairie School and designer of the first earthquake-proof tower block, famously asserted that mankind discovered permanent building materials fifty years before we were responsible enough to use them. I have very similar feelings about PowerPoint. As readily-available, easy-to-use, presentation production environments go PowerPoint is a superb piece… read more


Sorry if I annoy you, I’m just doing my job… well.

April 19th, 2016


‘Man, you are really annoying’ a client recently told me – and she was right, I am. We were working on a brand for her new business and I’d been asking her about who her client-base were, it turned out she wasn’t entirely sure and we took some time out to work out the answer,… read more


Killer website ate my time!

March 11th, 2015


There’s a phrase I’ve never heard, but in a recent review of our ‘Brand for Small Businesses’ product and the projects we’ve completed under that banner in the last year, I discovered a pattern. A pattern that pretty much makes this statement true. Positioning your new business correctly in the marketplace is hard, and the… read more


What the very Dickens is an information designer anyway?

February 10th, 2015


A couple of weeks ago I was stopped dead in my tracks by a piece of tissue paper. I was food shopping at the time and the tissue paper was wrapped around an orange. A blood orange. It was one of the decorative wrappers that fruit growers use to attract you towards their produce in… read more


You’ll get no free advice from reading this blog.

November 10th, 2014


As a naturally cautious person I spent several secretive months, whilst preparing to start blogging, doing a lot of research. The realisation that perhaps I did have thoughts that were worth sharing in some way had started to creep up on me, but I felt I needed to investigate what having a blog was all… read more


Kate Bush made me feel like an underachiever.

October 7th, 2014


A life time of waiting had taken me beyond hysterical days before – I was speechless and agog in the extreme by the time we were actually seated (three rows from the front – oh yes!) and Kate Bush actually appeared leading her line of singers onto the stage. Before the Dawn unfolded to be… read more