Creative Insight

Analysis of significant creative projects, people and trends

Martin Parr on Oxford

A new book by Martin Parr documents Oxford University, as part of a wider body of work looking at the British establishment. Parr’s images introduce a few surprises but largely reinforces what we already know (or think we know) about the prestigious institution.

Mr Benn

David McKee on Mr Benn and the magic of stories

Mr Benn, the much-loved children’s character, is 50 years old. In celebration, the Illustration Cupboard in London is showing an exhibition of drawings, paintings and acetates from the TV animation. We talk to his creator, David McKee

Hippeas and the power of branding

Chickpea snack brand Hippeas is stocked in more than 20,000 stores and has plans to become a global lifestyle brand. Founder Livio Bisterzo and JKR design director Stephen McDavid explain how a strong identity and a focus on giving back have been crucial to the brand’s success

How to design an effective book cover

Contrary to popular belief, people will judge your book by its cover. So here are some tips from Yvonne Shiau, a staff writer for online publishing community Reedsy, on how to make your literary masterpiece stand out from the crowd.

Designer vs Developer # 8: Preserving Design’s past

In the eighth episode of Designer vs Developer, Google Design Advocate Mustafa Kurtuldu speaks to Addy Osmani, a Senior Staff Developer Programs Engineer on the Google Developer Relations Team, about how to design a great performance and speak about about Flash and days gone by.

Designer vs Developer #7: Becoming a creative coder

This is the seventh episode of designer vs developer, Google Design Advocate Mustafa Kurtuldu’s YouTube and podcast series aimed at improving understanding between designers and developers looks at the craft of coding. He speaks to Mariko Kosaka, a Developer Advocate on the Google Developers Relations Team, about the art she creates with code and how developers can embrace the notion of making something that isn’t necessarily useful but still has value.