For those who think design doesn't matter, let this be your Morality Tale.

I wrote this article for David Airey's blog in April 2012 and it got a very good reaction so I thought I'd repost part of it it here:

In September 2009, Neil Stansfield of Northamptonshire was jailed for over two years for buying own-brand, non-organic supermarket food, repackaging it as well-sourced organic produce and selling it on at a huge markup to highly reputable food retailers. On the one hand what he did was a shameful act of manipulation that undermined an already beleaguered organic market and the honest work of a lot of passionate food producers. On the other hand it was a hilarious example of how branding can increase the perceived value of a product. Read the full blog on David Airey's website

I thought I'd have a play with a remixed flag.

In fact this wouldn't happen as the Union Jack signifies a union of crowns and not governments, the only way it would be redrawn would be if Scotland becomes a republic. However it does look quite sleek, though it's a shame to lose the St Andrew blue.

As an addendum, I remember seeing a piece years ago in the Big Issue where artists redrew the flag of Britain. I remember Damien Hirst chose to put egg and chips on the flag. Now that's a flag I would fight under.

A quick one from me today, just thought I'd post a tip on how to achieve pretty amazing abstract wireframed objects very easily using Adobe Illustrator. 

Since the first edition of the Creative Suite, Illustrator has had a 3D rendering capability and of particular interest was the 3D revolve feature. With this you could lathe any object to create some quite amazing shapes. 

Yesterday I went to see the MadeThought retrospective at Woodbridge and Rees in Clerkenwell. A finer collection of graphic design you couldn't hope to see.

The answer to this is easy. Be honest.

Having read this article on the 99 percent, I decided that the bio on my website was quite amazingly boring and rather than jazzing it up by listing what I'm capable of, I decided that I would be better off writing about how I got here.

You can read the new About page here. I would be delighted and thrilled to hear your comments.

I have been rinsing series 1, 2 and 3 of the American Office in the last few weeks and it's been hugely enjoyable, but there's one thing that has been bothering me. The Dunder Mifflin logo is just not quite right. Bits of it jut out from itself and my eye wants to bring it in line on all sides and make it one solid, standalone logo without the sticky-out bits. So I tried my hand at shaving it even and I have to say it's a challenge. 

The first and most obvious place that needs to be brought in is on the far left, the D sits inset from the M below. This is the easy bit.

Just stumbled upon these images of a mirrored treehouse situated about 60km south of the arctic circle in Sweden.

My my, how fantastically beautiful. The architects have even coated the surface with a lacquer that is visible to birds to prevent them from flying into it.

I then went feverishly looking for more cool ones and I'm now nostalgic for a treehouse that I never even had. The best I could muster when I was a kid was a scaggy piece of rope and hidden multi-bag of Twixes. Enjoy.


Yesterday there was a Creative Amnesty over at The idea was that, for one day, you could share your worst creative projects with impunity. It's a brilliant idea and there are some reall humdingers on there, I particularly like the Wet Lemon website posted on the Creative Review site. As the designer Jonathan Ogden says: "I'm sorry internet."

Last month it was announced that the heart symbol ❤ was being added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Unsuprisingly Daily Mail readers were up in arms about it; the OED, that great bastion of the English Language, surrendering it's own integrity to assimilate popular culture. But then isn't that what language is about? And it all began in the back of a taxi when Milton Glaser scribbled I ❤ NY on a tiny scrap of paper.

About Mike

I got into design through high end erotica

Having left university with the least vocational degree I could find – Philosophy and Literature – I got work at a place that I thought would amuse me until I found an actual real job. I had been looking through a website called Crazy Jobs – now sadly defunct; I also got work with them as a waiter dressed as a sailor, but that’s a whole other story – and saw an advert for a position as an office monkey at an erotic publishing company.

I got it and so began my slow, purposeful and self-willed march towards being a designer.

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