I found this tray of wood type blocks in an antique shop in Whitby.
The shop also sold elephant foot umbrella stands, cheeky postcards and a wide selection of trimphones in tellingly retro colours, so I guess one man's antique is another's junk. I use the moniker 'Antique Shop' carefully.
The pieces of wood type were for sale individually but I just couldn't resist buying the entire tray. For those designers amongst us (and we know who we are) who trained at college using original wood and metal type, this tray was a window into another world. A world where time and craft were not as we know them today.
I won't pontificate about how things aren't what they used to be. And although technology has truly revolutionised our industry over the years, I think these pieces of wood are a reminder to me why I fell in love with design in the first place.
They are simple, beautifully crafted tools that require skill and knowledge to make them work. And I like that.
I went down to London at the weekend to visit my brother - Ed, his girlfriend - Lucy, and their little one - my niece Baby Bess at their new pad in Vauxhall. Bess is only 4 weeks old. Now what I didn't really plan on was that our weekend together was like any other - pub crawling but this time with a 4 week old baby. We found that she had a particular fondness to house music and German trance. We had the usual custard tart at the Portuguese bar - yummy and a Mai Thai at a Hawaiian themed bar. We also went pilfering a few bricks from the bank of the Thames and an old abandoned chair - nothing like a bit of recycling. So all together a lovely weekend in the capital.
Last week, when we were in the thick of the big Olympic pitch, he said 'I'll have to leave at ten past seven for an hour or so - but I'll be back by nine. I have a Badminton match that if we win, will mean we are league champions'.
We thought, fair enough - Olympics, sport - all that.
Rich won his match and the league, came back at 9pm, sat down and carried on with his pitch design work, a single bead of sweat on his forehead. When we told this story in the pitch, I'm not sure if the client believed us as it sounds just like the sort of story you'd make up to try and impress the client.
Anyway, it's true and it's the sort of this we all do at Thompson to get the job done.
We all would love a great Hollywood pearly white smile but in reality we have our nicotine and red wine stained nashers plugged with fillings and crowns. Dentists - fill the majority of people with dread but hopefully the new look that we have created for a local dentist Primley Park will make their patients feel more welcome and at ease. Check out the fab new sign. Now open wide!
Well, yesterday was Thompson's monthly social. This time we headed down to Hollywood Bowl in Kirkstall for some serious bowling action. Two teams - girls vs boys. Everyone had their own special technique - from Richie's cock leg to Deano's Fred Flintstone's twinkle toes. The girls beat the boys in the first match - Liz and Lynn were serving out some pretty decent bowls, with any strike resulting in ridding the bull (a long story). The boys were I suppose pretty good - Richie got the highest score of the evening with 133 points although he did suffer an injury later on to his little pinky, and lets just say The Lord is far too posh for bowling.
When I do my big weekly grocery shop I always take with me my assortment of re-useable cotton shopping bags but I have to confess when I am just doing an impromptu top up shop I don't have my bags with me and either bundle everything into my arms or give in and use a plastic bag.
I went to M&S the other day. They are doing a big push on trying to encourage their shoppers to use their bags for life. A large robust plastic shopping bag that when worn out you can exchange for a free new one. It was on this day I didn't have my bags with me. The checkout assistant asked me if I would like a "free bag for life". Free - well who could refuse. She then swiped it under the scanner and I was charged 10p. Now I am all for M&S trying to do their bit for the environment but when someone says "Free" I would expect it to be "Free". I know it was only 10p but somehow I feel mislead and cheated by M&S.
Oh well - I suppose I can keep it at the office or in the car as my emergency top up bag.
The National Media Museum has a new campaign around Leeds and Bradford in full glory as their new posters went up! The "free day out" message on the posters are made up of hundreds of tiny media icons showing the vastness of the museum, definitely worth a look!