I love D&AD and I've always been a passionate supporter. I wanted to win the coveted Black Pencil from when I was young and I've wanted to be D&AD President for as long as I can remember. Today I should have been announced as the latest President.
I've been the Deputy President for a year and every other year the Deputy becomes the President. But I look around at the world and I see too many people who look like me, middle-aged white men, in positions like this. So I've decided to stand aside and make space for others.
I hope this small act encourages other people who look like me to do the same. It may achieve nothing, but it at least gives everyone an example to point at.
I want to make one thing very clear. This is not a criticism of D&AD. This statement is not really about D&AD, it's just that when I look back at previous Presidents in all organisations, there has not been enough diversity. That's an indisputable fact.
Naresh Ramchandani will now become President, followed by Rebecca Wright. Kate Stanners has done a brilliant job through a very difficult time and she's just launched the first ever fully digital annual. In Naresh and then Rebecca there will be a focus on sustainability followed by the first ever President from education. What a brilliant position for D&AD to be in. I will remain a Trustee and look forward to continuing to support D&AD.
Huge congratulations to Naresh on becoming President and Rebecca on becoming Deputy. D&AD is a fantastic organisation, doing great work in education, it’s still the very hardest award to win and we should all support them.
Thanks to Tim, Dara and all the D&AD Trustees who have supported me in this decision. Thanks to all those who have enabled me to be in a position to make this decision.
Great post by one of the Matts summarising "Adaptive Design". A concept many years old but one that gained a digital prominence in the early 2000s. Well worth reading the full post here. Screws not glue etc.
Might have a go at this "I’d love to for designers to share their ideas for future adaptable iPhones and adaptable apps, expand the discourse, and pushing back on the status quo."
This blog post by George Cave is so good. Best proper blog post I've read in years. I wish I'd written it.
It's not just about Lego, it's about design and interface more broadly. Take this point and the links off to the contrasting Dyson and Audi approach to car interfaces. Dyson - all on one screen. Audi - controls on individual parts.
I don't have the appropriate close up photograph to illustrate this point so you'll have to look at the picture above, take my word for it and use your imagination.
Expectations successfully lowered let's get to the point.
I went for a run the other day and ended up at Speakers Corner. At first I thought it was very quiet. There were quite a few 'speakers' but they only had an audience of 3 or 4. No huge crowds gathered around one brilliant orator like I've seen before and you've seen in the movies.
As I got closer I saw that there were lots of speakers and they all had crowds 3 or 4 but they also all had microphones and cameras on tripod. The tripod was the give away - a proper semi-pro recording set up.
Presumably what they're doing making these speeches for YouTube and just using Speakers Corner as the location. The physical back drop but also for the YouTube title and the SEO. All that. Turn up at the weekend with a few mates, set up the AV kit and make your speech. Why reach hundreds at the real Speakers Corner when you can reach millions at the virtual one. A quick search on YouTube reveals that to be the case. I'm not linking to anything here, you can Google for yourself.
Of course. It's always so obvious isn't it?
A few screengrabs purely to illustrate the point. I'm not endorsing any of the speakers in any way.
In the glory days of Peak Graphic Design Blogging (circa 2009) everyone would have gone crazy for all the arrows you see everywhere these days. Fat ones, thin ones, Mexico 68 ones, ones they did in Word ones. Keyboards burning with all the posting. Oh how incensed everyone would have been!
I guess there's still time. Or maybe they're all on Insta now.
Saw this in a shop window in East the other day. Feels like the language is wrong.
On the one hand it's just a sort of malapropism, where the PayPoint and British Gas should be swapped. But that doesn't work because they're not trying to explain British Gas's payment policies in 6 words. What they're trying to say is if you are a customer of British Gas you can't pay for that at the PayPoint till. But they're also trying to use as few words as possible so it can be a Big Red Sign.
If you tried to pay at the PayPoint til it would be rejected, so in that way PayPoint does not accept British Gas.
But it reads like a protest sign from a march where British Gas has done something terrible. Or maybe British Gas have lost an election to PayPoint and are refusing to leave office.
Or as Russell says in the much better, much longer blog post from 8 years ago in reference to this sign, "on one level it's just a stupid typo, on another it's a brilliant seed for a short story about a sentient restaurant that's trying to stay close to you, and the mystery of the inconvenience it caused. But - most interestingly - it's a story about the meaning created in collaboration, presumably between someone who didn't have English as a first language and Microsoft Word."
After this one the other day, here's another bad chart. Or as Michael puts it, "This is one of the stupidest charts I've ever seen and I can't believe that adult human beings were involved in its creation". His tweet here.
We've been here before, in November 2008 during the "credit crunch". In fact I wrote A LOT of blog posts about it at the time. I even did a whole series of guest posts with advice for designers to help them get through a recession. Included posts from an accountant and an agency CEO.
Yeah, I know. Different times.
Anyway the best thing to read is probably this blog post by Phil - Graphs that lie.