Archive for Seen

Roving typography

TYPE. Writ large and proud. And who am I, a type nerd, to argue?

Gardening doesn’t get greener than this…

Community gardening at Abbey Gardens (with a fellow designer, incidentally) we spotted this fluorescent green caterpillar showing-off while a small snail just minded its own business. We thought it was probably a cabbage white. But hey – even pests can be beautiful.

The view from the View Tube

I love an industrial landscape so having one of the biggest building sites in Europe on our east London doorstep is a thing of wonder.

Christmas decoration

One minute they’re twigs; the next, Winter has turned them into a fabulous frost-queen of a thing, showing-off in the snow.

Winter finds a new use for a leaf

Come the wintry weather, holly leaves hold the snow like spiky spoons.

Outdoors indoors

Mentoring at the School of Communication Arts, in an interior designed by its students. Deckchairs for Town Hall, when students reported on their research, and cardboard desks for ideas-generating. This is all about adland but the SCA brings in mentors from a range of disciplines to see what the students are up to and share […]

Garden; design

Out whisking around my winter garden, I spotted an enormous, gloriously-coloured leaf. It had styled itself against a backdrop of interestingly-nibbled lavender and accessorised with a tiny snail.

Plus ça change

Roving the corridors of my old grammar school at its centenary celebrations, I spotted this. The medium changes; the message doesn’t.  

Play: 1; regulations: 0

Tate Modern: at the edges of a vast carpet of untouched ceramic seeds roped-off by health and safety fears, a border by curious, playful human beings.

A Samuel Johnson moment

  Along Brushfield Street, towards Christ Church Spitalfields: My favourite view in London. I never tire of it. Hawksmoor churches are elegant show-offs in any light but it’s picked-out prettily in this pink sunset. This has been part of my alternative tour of London for a visiting schoolfriend from out of town. It started at […]