From pamphlet to case

Designers train – for longer than clients often realise (four years, to first degree level). Then, if we’re lucky, we spend a few years in the design equivalent of Michelin-starred kitchens, having stuff thrown back at us. After that, if we’re even luckier, pretty much every project teaches us something. But there are things we want to learn too, for personal projects, to go beyond the level of knowledge needed for studio practice or in this case, both. Lydia has spent four Saturdays at London Centre for Book Arts putting herself through a succession of its bookbinding workshops. Run by bookbinders who really know their stuff, these are interesting not just for the craft skills they teach but in that they’re highly-focused. The process is the absolute opposite of largely screen-based work on multiple projects with constant digital interruption. It requires the sort of sustained concentration that modern working and social life has trained us out of. The output is the better for it. Slow design – now there’s a thought…