The Irresistible Lure of the Linear

Straight lines. Great aren't they? With straight lines we build barns, houses, bridges and roads. With ruler - or straight edge - in hand, our engineers design piston rods, pipelines, train tracks. Even artists use them to help create the illusion of perspective. The humble straight line has been responsible for countless advances in the modern … Continue reading The Irresistible Lure of the Linear

Freedom Lost

I was lucky. I was born in the nineteen-sixties. I grew from babe to child in the second half of that decade, and matured into a teenager during the colourful and spectacular nineteen-seventies. I consider this timing to be fortunate because it seemed to me then - and still does - to be a time in … Continue reading Freedom Lost

Existentialism in the Age of #SocialMedia

Consider the following: for marketers and the would-be disruptive, ‘going viral’ is the holy grail. They speak in reverent tones of the Gangam Style video and dream of emulating that success. Success? Gangam was a one-hit wonder and therefore makes the artist behind it (Psy) a musical sibling of Right Said Fred, The Floaters and more recently The Darkness. Is that really something to aspire to? I’d rather be The Rolling Stones.

News – huh! – What is it Good For? (Say it again)

Have you ever seen the once-familiar in a whole new light? Looked really hard at something (or someone) previously taken for granted, and regarded it/them completely differently? It happened to me once at junior school. I remember staring at one of my then friends. It was strange. It was like I was doing so for the very first time. A train … Continue reading News – huh! – What is it Good For? (Say it again)