Margaret Thatcher was Britain's first female prime minister; she served three consecutive terms in office, and was one of the dominant political figures of the 20th century. Having grown up during the Thatcher years, the news of her recent death has raised a number of questions, mainly to do with what society values these days.
The Design Business Association (DBA) announced the recipients of Design Effectiveness Awards 2013 on February 7. The winners of the annual design competition are determined based on commercial data, which is one of the key judging criteria (along with cause and effect, clarity of presentation, and more).
It’s that time of year again here in the UK. Our TV screens are being hit with a blizzard of yuletide advertising. The retailers in particular vie for bragging rights as to who has the best ‘Christmas campaign’.
If you look at how our world economies and societies follow a rise and fall cycle, never seeming to learn from the past, you begin to suspect there’s inevitability to it all. Our sense of the aesthetic often mirrors this rhythm, which could give forward-thinking brands a clue as to what people will want next.
With the UN predicting that 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050, this urban pilgrimage shows no sign of letting up. The result is the growth of the megacity.
When we experience nature at its best, it magically frees our spirit. Our senses are triggered, we feel more alive, we feel good. But why? And how can we find ways to tap into nature even when the sun doesn’t shine?
There’s a natural relationship between the style of our daily surroundings and how we feel. A great space can make us feel better, more hopeful and even more productive. And we often use our own space to express a vision of ourselves.
The ‘thumb gutty principle’. Over the years, this simple phrase has ear-wormed its way into our daily conversations, becoming a shorthand for ‘that feels right’ or ‘that’s the right thing to do’.