Posted: 12 August 2011, 10:09 | In: Photography Technology

    Maybe it’s the fashion, maybe it’s the desire to reduce fuel use with aerodynamics or maybe it’s shared platforms for cost savings , but new cars do all seem to look the same.

    The relief is of course found on Flickr, and surprisingly in the style dead end of the 1970’s. Which isn’t such a dead end after all, but joyous madness going by these pictures.

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    Alnwick Garden and Castle

    11 August 2011, 10:41

    A final post I think from our trip to Northumbria.

    The Alnwick Garden, first laid down in 1750 and designed by the superbly named Capability Brown has been resurrected after falling into disrepair after World War II. Now opened as a tourist attraction, the garden is full of water fountains, labyrinths, formal planting and a poison garden.


    Found Type

    10 August 2011, 08:44

    I mentioned the other week that I liked type applied directly to surfaces. Turns out Berwick-Upon-Tweed was full of it. So here are some images of type I snapped whilst I was there.



    9 August 2011, 09:02

    From justifiable protest to opportunistic greed, looting and thuggery. London August 2011. Here’s a relief from the grainy camera phone images and youtube video’s. Some photo’s and flickr sets of the rioting.


    Council Logo's but better

    8 August 2011, 11:53

    I’ll let go of this bone soon, but while I’m on council logo’s, here’s a few I like, just to pick up the mood.

    All of this does lead us to the question of does it matter if your council’s got a good logo or not? I’d rather they spend the money on something else, like emptying my bin or paying staff a bit better.


    Council Logo Tour

    5 August 2011, 12:08

    After bemoaning the quality of the new Amber Valley Logo yesterday, I took a look at neighboring council logo’s, to see what they are offering.

    So here is my tour of Derbyshire via the medium of council logo’s starting in the south…


    Amber Value

    4 August 2011, 11:27

    For fear of this turning into a travel blog, I’ll move away from Northumbrian highlights and back to a bit of design. I’ll also bring it back to something more local, and something of a disappointment.

    We live in the borough of Amber Valley. It’s a pretty place with some history (thanks to Mr Strutt and his Mills ). It was also the setting for the popular, long running but exceedingly dull ITV show Peak Practice.


    Barter Books

    3 August 2011, 11:13

    Continuing my tour of Northumberland, while it’s still fresh in my mind, is a second hand bookshop in Alnwick.

    Barter Books is a mine of second hand books from run-of-the-mill to tatty to unique and one off. Set within the now closed Alnwick train station, it’s big and very Aladdin’s cave like with old shelves crammed full of all sorts of books.


    Cragside House

    2 August 2011, 11:25

    Ok I’ll fess up, I’m a card carrying National Trust member. We’ve a number of decent places close to us that are always worth a trip to on a sunny day including Kedleston Hall Hardwick Hall and Calke Abbey.


    Save on Design, while I'm Away!

    21 July 2011, 17:54

    As of 6pm this evening, I’m on holiday! Yay!

    I’m not trying to rub it in. It’s in the UK, so fingers crossed for some sunshine!

    I’m telling you because I wanted to offer you (and anyone you know for that matter) that if you get in touch while I am away, I’ll knock 10% off the bill if we end up working on a project when I get back.


    Californian Vans

    20 July 2011, 10:21

    I guess it must say something about my mood, wanting something sunny on these disappointingly dull summers days. So here’s a link to a bunch of American customised vans.

    Taken since 1996, the project Vans and the Places they Live aims to capture the vans, their own aesthetic quality and the discussion created between the van and it’s surroundings. Modern tastes and environmental concerns have made the type of van in question increasingly rare. At the same time, the analogue 120mm film is also becoming less available and the artist aims to take a photo of he last van of it’s type with the last roll of film.


    Dieter Rams

    19 July 2011, 09:34

    Rams (Born 1932) was the head of design at Braun A.G. for 30 years until 1998. He summed up his approach to design as “Weniger, aber besser” or “Less, but better”.:

    Rams is pretty fashionable at the moment, perhaps thanks to a touring exhibition that visited the Design Museum last year. I suspect however it’s because of how stunning his designs are. I’ve grabbed a number from a great flickr group with lots of his work posted, check it out.


    Brightening your Day

    18 July 2011, 09:56

    It seems to always be the case, five glorious days of sunshine, Monday to Friday, then a wet weekend. Mr British Weather gives us nothing but blue sky whilst we’re all at work, then just as we’re planning our BBQ’s and trips to the park… Rain.

    So if the damp weekend has made you feel a little down, check out these excellent paintings by Leah Giberson. If the super bright images of caravans don’t make you feel more summer-y then all might just be lost.


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