Our design correspondent Daniel Benneworth-Gray ponders the value of a university education. Is his work suffering because he didn’t do a formal design degree?
Our design correspondent Daniel Benneworth-Gray attends the launch of Thin Ice Press, a common press reconstruction and letterpress housed at the University of York, and is enamoured by the alchemy of wood and metal and ink
In his latest column, our correspondent Daniel Benneworth-Gray expresses the agonies of writing the ‘about’ page on his website, and why the easy answer is to just keep putting it off
Our correspondent casts an envious eye over Michael Bierut’s ordered tower of completed notebooks and wonders if it’s time to rethink his more ‘eclectic’ approach
A nostalgia-fuelled quest to rediscover his old Myspace page leads our correspondent to ponder the impermanence of lives lived online
A freelancer’s working life has little regard for the traditional calendar. So how to get those daily markers back in place? Start watching TV
Sharing work online can bring more than just ‘hearts’ and ‘likes’, but designers may need to start channelling their inner window-dresser in order to keep up
Self-employment can be liberating – but when you work from home there’s little respite when the demands and deadlines all come crashing in at once
New Year finds our man Dan in the mood for a thorough tidy up. Room to think, room to work … and an intimidatingly vast and empty space to fill
The Visual Telling of Stories is one of the strangest websites you might ever come across – out of joint and out of time, it contains some pictorial wonders
In his artwork for David Bowie’s last album, designer Jonathan Barnbrook provided the musician’s fans with a range of hidden elements to discover. Intrigued by the findings – and the theories behind them – our columnist finally opens up his own vinyl copy to see for himself
In which our correspondent gets all hot and bothered over his current favourite typeface and what to do when such infatuations start impacting your work
The work that goes into any design project is yours and yours alone. Unless, of course, your client asks to have a quick peek at it. Well, they were warned…
Ah, the smell of a good book – those printed pages are much more than just a visual experience, as our man reminds himself with some delving amid shelving…
It’s easy to lose hours in the stock image library, yet among all the corporate surrealism, there’s a common language here; a lexicon for the modern world
The three talks that featured on the closing day of this year’s Leeds Print Festival offered up some very different approaches to printed matter – from film journalist Danny Leigh’s eulogy on the film poster, to The Designer’s Republic’s Ian Anderson and letterpress master Alan Kitching showing how the media thrives today
More than just words and pictures, the best children’s books are complex objects made up of nuanced design decisions
Last night, just as World Book Day was coming to a close (yes yes, your child looked adorable), the winners of the third annual Academy of Book Cover Designers (ABCD) Awards were announced at a ceremony in a bar beneath the streets of Hoxton Square. Now in its third year, the remit of the Academy is simple: to celebrate the ten best covers of the year. Last night, these were chosen by people who understand book cover design: book cover designers.
Dinosaurs, dingbats and digital: in the creative industries, the 90s was the decade that changed everything
All those great ideas that don’t see the light of day – should we hide them away, show them off, or try to recycle them?
Christmas is a time for giving, receiving … and agonising over what to put on this year’s card. Letterpress anyone?
Upping sticks to a new place is a big operation, so focus on the smaller details – deskspace, broadband, cleaning wares
The commute to work is often written off as a dull necessity, but with no distractions it can be the perfect mobile studio
The relentless temptations of our always-on world make it almost impossible to preserve the space to think. Almost
In which our hero unwittingly uncovers the creative potential of punching himself in the face
All of a sudden your software is out of date and you’re out of the loop. But who needs all those whistles and bells anyway?
It seems that nothing stirs the designer’s mind like designing a cover for a book about … nothing. Or something
New year quiet time affords an opportunity for a little self-promotion, provided Daniel Benneworth-Gray can tear himself away from a certain animated film, of course
When illness blights the home of the freelancer, sick days just aren’t an option – you have some new clients on the sofa. By Daniel Benneworth-Gray
Designers on the big screen are so few and far between that the film that best reflects our profession is a Pixar animation, says Daniel Benneworth-Gray
It’s a pleasure to be travelling off on holiday but, as most designer’s know, leaving the inbox behind isn’t that easy
Finding the right image for a book cover is a lengthy process, made even harder when the text deals with a difficult subject
As soon as a designer submits a concept, crippling levels of doubt creep in, especially if the emails go answered
A freelance designer can spend a great deal of time not actually designing at all. Still, there’s always the stationery