It’s no surprise that I’m a big fan of modern design and engineering – almost daily there are new and beautiful solutions that I am both technically and aesthetically amazed by. However, I often can’t help but look back at what was – some of our modern design roots and (in my humble opinion) shining examples of great design.
When I picture my ideal place to live, it’s in natural surroundings, embedded in the local environment. In truth this could be a number of different environments, but the ‘natural’ connection is key – it’s common knowledge that time spent in nature is hugely beneficial to us, and I couldn’t agree more. So, each time my wife and I have moved over the years (and there have been quite a few moves), we have always strived for locations and structures that fulfil this need, but there is always ‘room for improvement’ so to speak.
Skateboarding – cruising stylishly through an urban environment, leaning on style, history and culture – what’s not to love? Unfortunately for me, I’ve never really got on with skateboards – I think I missed the optimal learning window in my younger days (when injury consequence played little part in anything) and haven’t since taken the time to address it.
I’m sure anyone who has ever had to call a tradesman into their home may well recognise that pre-quote sinking feeling – often accompanied with a lengthy inhalation and pained ’sympathetic’ expression. As someone who likes to try and take on most DIY jobs out of both curiosity and reluctance to shell out unless absolutely necessary (I mean, how hard can it really be?), I have discovered the painful line between learning on the job and professional experience more than once.
I love typography – there, I said it. Although whilst I can’t confess to being a true type nerd (mentioning no names Rich Rutter), I am happy to spend plenty of time geeking out over x-heights, ligatures, weights and a whole host of other tiny details to find the ‘perfect’ typeface for whatever I’m working on.
The process of ’sweating the details’ is something I’m sure plenty of designers will associate with typography and is testament to how much effort goes into designing and crafting a typeface. Traditionally these ‘details’ have been constrained to the shape and space that individual glyphs occupy and their relationships to one another – type designers have had no consistent method of embedding additional attributes into a digital typeface – no way of communicating any intentional usage or personality past outlined physical form.