A friend of mine has started a publishing company concentrating on books for kids. Or as they say,
"We produce books for babies, toddlers and children about the things we love – learning, stories and, most importantly, fun! We believe in a thing called quality – in making books that last longer. We integrate innovative design and editorial to create high-quality illustrated books. We make books we love and believe in."
They are looking for new illustrators and I thought some of you might be interested, if you are contact Phil direct - phil dot dauncey at reallydecentbooks.co.uk
On Tuesday night GOV.UK won Design of the Year. Which is pretty incredible. I've written about it on the GDS blog and you can see lots of the press coverage here, including an article from the Daily Mail which calls the website boring.com and Gizmodo who've redesigned the site as they imagine the Daily Mail would like it too look.
And here's what the Prime Minister had to say, "I am delighted that the GOV.UK website has won the Design of The Year award in 2013. This government is committed to being the most transparent in the world. For the first time, people can find out what’s happening inside government, all in one place, and in a clear and consistent format. It is just another example of Britain’s world class design talent standing out on the global stage; in this case helping to enhance the modern relationship between the public and government."
There is still a lot of work to do. As the boss would say - onwards!
I've not used the service in anger, but lots of people tell me it's very good.
I want to talk about the logo for a little bit.
It's great, isn't it? Simple, fun, tonally right. Works well on apps, on the side of cabs, on leaflets. The form does a reasonable job of describing the function. It even has a touch of humour about it.
I walked past a Hailo driver office today. That looked good too. There even looked like there was a place to get your cab washed out the back.
All good. Bigger brands could learn from this small one.
Hi, it's been too long since we talked about work, my work. Some updates.
I am delighted that GOV.UK is nominated in the digital category for the Design Museum's Designs of the Year. We made a few things for the exhibit and I wrote about it on the GDS blog.
There is a parliamentary Design Commission and they have written a good report about design in public services. Something I'm obviously interested in. It speaks favourably about GDS and once again I've blogged about it on the work blog.
Questions about that report in parliament are what led to Francis Maude talking about user needs, which I blogged about t'other day.
Art direction. We spoke about that along time ago. Nearly 7 years ago - remember?
I keep seeing these two posters around town, one is an example of bad art direction, one is an example of good art direction.
First, the bad.
You would think these ads would be a gift for any agency. They feature three hugely recognised sports stars. Rory McIlroy is probably the most famous golfer on the planet, after Tiger Woods. Jess Ennis is stilll basking in the glow her amazing Olympic performance. (And Jenson, bless.)
But who on earth decided to put Rory in a red polo shirt? On a red background! I'm guesisng the red background is a standard brand thing for Santander, in which case someone has to ask Rory to wear or different shirt. Or, more likely, provide him with a different shirt on shoot day.
And Jess! Star of the Olympics! Inspiration to a nation! Who put her in that purple? Which is redish and doesn't really stand out from the red. Both of them just blend into the background.
These ads don't feature any glamorous celebrities. They're pretty straight retail ads. The feature groceries. Groceries. Yet the art direction is exquisite. Crafted. Considered. Clever.
There's a whole series of them and the way they're based on the colour spectrum is beautiful. It makes my design disease heart leap for joy. Such a simple idea. The use of the slightly off white colour is well thought out. The lighting and the typography creates the feel of the checkout in an elegant way.
But they're cleverer than that. All the ads feature something big brand, something fresh food and something own label, which is the point of the ad. Not just beautiful - smart and communicating a message. Brilliant.
It's really good. Garland has lots of good work which is illustrated well, and he's a very interesting person which is also handled well by the lengthy interview. Unit Editions continue to make good graphic design books.
Garland is most famous for his First Things First manifesto, even though there's much more to him than that as the book is testament to. The First Things First manifesto is interesting to me in my current job for obvious reasons.