Beautiful and important book by my friend and incredible designer Richard.
He says, "Not since the early twentieth century and the post war building programmes of WWI & II have we needed such a wholesale reappraisal of all the systems by which we live, and by which society functions. Including not just the methods by which we design, make and build, but also the values through which we ‘see’.
So how do movements like this happen? Where do they come from and what exactly are they made of? How far back do the origins of the Sustainable Movement really stretch?
This book looks at the journey taken to get us here, to the beginnings of a new movement, which despite remaining an unproven theory, has for some time now, shown great potential. Then shows how only as a brightly lit community in action, might we collectively set ourselves on a healthier long-term trajectory."
If nothing else buy it for the beautiful typography.
Just over a year and 177 sketches so more like One Sketch Every Other Day but still this has been the most fun I've had in ages. I have a few simple rules;
Sketching for relaxation. I'm always amazed how relaxing this is. I'm able to completely switch off and be immersed in the sketch. Whatever I'm doing, wherever I am, I find this a huge relief from the days activities. I find this strange but maybe I shouldn't.
None take longer than 10 minutes. It’s just sketching for relaxation so I don’t worry about it too much. Just draw. This, of course, is always the best way to draw.
No deeper meanings. Most of them are just what's in front of me when I remember to sketch or when I have ten spare minutes. No ironic points made. No in-jokes. No shade. Just drawing.
Looking back here are some of my favourites.
We stayed in a cabin in a forest and walking back one evening I spotted the light and stopped to draw it. I had some pens in the cabin so I went and got them. I love the black and white with one colour effect. I like how it's clearly night even though the sky is white paper.
One of the best pencil sketches I've done. There was a nice flowing nature to this. Everything just seemed to work. I'd like to do more pencil sketches but pencils are harder to carry around.
I like drawing with marker pens and no hard lines. And I'm a bit obsessed with this tree.
I sit on a lot of planes and it's the perfect place to observe people sat still for a long time. I could easily have called this project One Bad Posture A Day.
I sit in a lot of meetings, again a good place to observe people sat still for a long time. Sometimes I sketch on an iPad. It's very easy to get a good result but I miss my little notebook. Maybe I should just put one of the stickers on the iPad. That's probably what Russell would do.
Bananas. I love bananas.
Airport lounge. I should do more where there are lots of little quick sketches.
2008 was that golden age when we all blogged about Brands going Green. Jones invented the term Unproduct, Russell blogged diligently and I created a media storm in Design Week which now 404s. You get the idea here. Good times.
The other day I went into a Planet Organic and I saw this.
I wondered if it was the same Unpackaged. It is. Hurrah! Their story has taken all kinds of twists and turns since 2008. They opened a cafe, another cafe, a bar, a different shop and a restaurant. Closed all that. And now have concessions in three Planet Organics.
Which got me thinking, in many ways this is better than opening a shop themselves. Is it similar to supermarkets stocking Fairtrade? Which always seems to be the best example of Doing Good at the High Street Scale of things. Which feels important. Good is good, but it's better when it's at a mass market scale even if it's a little bit less good.
Are there any other examples of this?
High Street brands are always trying lots of innovation when it always seems like a better idea to find something good and help make that bigger. Which sort of reminds me of this bit of the GDS Design Principles,
"Government should only do what only government can do. If we’ve found a way of doing something that works, we should make it reusable and shareable instead of reinventing the wheel every time. This means building platforms and registers others can build upon, providing resources (like APIs) that others can use, and linking to the work of others. We should concentrate on the irreducible core."
I wrote about this shirt in 2007. I'm writing about it again. Yes blogging is so bad I am now writing the same blog post about the same thing just twelve years later. Think of this as the reboot. Same narrative new, higher res, images.
For the new listeners here's a recap. I bought this shirt with some money my Granny gave me for my 18th birthday. That makes it 13 26 years old. I bought it in a shop in Bath called John Anthony for £75.
1. 26 years on I still have absolutely no idea what I was doing spending £75 on a shirt. Although over 26 years that works out at £2.88 a year so if they'd had subscription models back then I reckon this would have been a great deal.
2. 26 years. More than half my life. And yes, maybe well made, well designed things last longer and that's better. Slow fashion ftw.