What Happens If We Ban UX?

By Gemma

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The first thing I’ll do when I’m elected Grand Empress of Design is ban all instances of illustrated owls. All of them. However, the second thing I’ll ban is UX.

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Well Made’s Guide to Networking

By Gemma

We have just been exposed to some woeful networking. So bad in fact, it bordered on offensive.

I detest the idea of networking. It implies years of relationship building and friendship can be boiled down to a few hours in a wine bar with a box of Pinot Noir. Incidentally, my only experience of workplace sexual harassment occurred at a networking event (left breast, bespoke greetings card designer, Leaf on Bold Street).

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How To Run A Design Exhibition

By BCN MCR / Dave Sedgwick

Just be honest Gemma said. So how about this for starters…

I don’t have a single clue what I am doing.

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Find Your Dream Client with a Squarespace Logo

By Gemma

There’s been a lot of chatter this week about Squarespace’s latest addition - a tool which allows absolutely anyone to very quickly, very easily design their own logo. The chatter was, understandably from our own ranks initially, full of vitriol. There was also a fluttering of noise from the Calm Down Dear brigade, sprinkling the conversation with some much needed sense. Both arguments are valid. A brand is so much more than a logo. Where is the meaning and individual identity when a thousand other businesses have similar configurations. However, any salt worthy designer shouldn’t really find the advent of a new bit of kit too disturbing.

There is however, an alternative way of looking at Squarespace Logo. An entirely positive and joyful view. A vista that wholly celebrates the emergence of Squarespace Logo as the Greatest Thing To Ever Happen To Brand Design.

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What’s Going On With Design Ed?

By Gemma

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I’ve been spending a lot of time in universities lately. It’s nice. I miss school. I want to go back. We’re also on the cusp of intern silly season. This time of year, it’s a slow trickle of organised 3rd years starting it out the feelers out. Come April it’s a veritable torrent of talent all offering their cookies for nothing. All things considered it’s small wonder I’ve been thinking so much about design education lately.

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John Moores Zine Lecture Feedback

By Gemma

I’m using this blog to get a couple of points made in a university talk last week clear in my head. Hopefully also to provide a bit of feedback to the second year graphics students I was chatting to. At lot of what I’m blathering on about is actually interesting for managing creative projects. However, a lot of it might not make very much sense.

I wanted to get this written as soon as I left the session last week but I didn’t get round to it. Whatever the excuse, if I was a real client and you were waiting on feedback to complete the project you would be well within your rights to request a deadline extension. Whether you got it would be another story.

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Plan? There Is No Plan.

By Gemma 

Here we are again, Outside the school gates all scrubbed and chubby ready to get stuck into 2014 in a big way. We’re adults so let’s not pretend January is the great redeemer the newspapers would have us believe. Stop whatever ‘365 days of’ nonsense you’re currently Instagramming and accept that anything you’ve resolved to change about your life this month will fail.

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Three Christmas Ideas We Didn’t Do

By Gemma & Doug 

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Every year, usually around September we spend at least two hours jokingly deciding what our Christmas mailer will be. Jokingly because obviously we’re not going to do any of them. We never do.

Here’s what we came up with this year:

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Time To Say Goodbye

By Gemma

I’m getting so good at these link bait headlines. Sorry for the heart attack, we’re not closing our doors, but as we fast approach our first birthday, it’s high time we finally said goodbye to our past.

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Fighting Blog Block

By Gemma

I’ve got Blog Block at the moment.

I’ve been mentally and physically all over the place lately, kicking off a couple of new projects, trying to work out if other projects will ever kick off, giving talks and teaching myself how to fit kitchens. It’s no wonder that there hasn’t been very much activity on the blog lately.

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