The revolution will not be televised

You must have seen the shocking and amazing This is America from Childish Gambino/Donald Glover by now. If you haven’t, then go watch it, watch it again a second-time, then come back to this. I’ll wait…

…bloody good, isn’t it?!

As soon as it appeared on YouTube it stunned people in their millions, currently sitting at over 160m views after just two weeks. This is America is a stark 180º by Glover from the kind of introspective self-aware poppy hip-hop that helped make his name (aside from his star-turn in Community); all moody trap beats and cynical statements … Read on

King of trees

At the bottom of my parent’s garden is a big apple tree. It stands about 20ft tall, with the top branching out 20ft wide, and branches creeping into neighbouring gardens adorned with bird and squirrel feeders. Every spring it blooms with lovely bright pink blossoms before giving way to hundreds of bramley apples in the summer (great in a crumble, trust me). The tree has been there since my family moved in 40 years ago, and had already been there for a few years by then. Over the years, it has been used as an anchor-point for washing-lines, a … Read on

We tell stories

01. We Tell Stories

Not those sort of stories. You know the ones I mean – your mum always said not to tell them, because they got others in trouble. We do try not to get people into trouble. The stories we have the privilege of telling are positive, uplifting and life-affirming. They aren’t necessarily about earth-shattering discoveries or events, but they are important.

The issue of storytelling as a skill for businesses was reinforced to me recently. A TV programme featuring artisan food producers saw them compete against each other for a prize which would give them additional marketing and promotional … Read on

What’s on: June

Finally, the weather appears to be turning and becoming consistently warm. I have to admit I was getting bored of the winter/summer wardrobe shuffle, and having to resort to wearing a ridiculous quantity of layers on the offchance that the day ended warmer than it started. And given that 1st June is Go Barefoot Day, the timing is pretty good. Other celebratory days to look out for during June include Hug Your Cat Day (like we need any excuse) on 4th, Ball Point Pen Day (hands up if you remember ballpoint pens) on 10th and Take Your Dog to … Read on

Awesome Foundation clocks up £25,000 support in Liverpool 

Awesome Foundation clocks up £25,000 support in Liverpool

In February this year a group of ten people in Liverpool gave away £500 of their own cash to help fund the Nasty Women exhibition in Liverpool. In the process, they raised the overall total that they, Awesome Liverpool, have given away to support projects to £25,000 in the four years since they formed.

I joined Awesome Liverpool as a Trustee in late 2014, a couple of months after they formed, and have been an on-and-off trustee and ardent supporter since. I joined initially because I was thrilled to be … Read on

Books written by women…

Books written by women…

What are your favourite books? Are they written by a man, or a woman? Or don’t you know? Or care? The numbers tell us that women buy and read more books than men. But women, by and large, get shoved to the literary sidelines. Women will read books written by women. And – astoundingly – they’ll read books written by men. But men don’t tend to read books by women. Or so the received wisdom goes.

So the good folk of the Hay Festival, and one of my favourite websites, The Pool, have partnered up to … Read on

Wordscapes manifesto

What makes us tick?

Last year we started thinking about writing a manifesto. We’d worked on a couple of projects which hadn’t turned out as we’d expected, for one reason or another, and we were trying to work out why… what was it about them that didn’t quite sit right? Or hadn’t finished as we intended? I’m sure everyone’s had work that – even though the client’s pleased with the outcome – you know you could improve, or might have done differently, with the benefit of blissful hindsight.

And while we all have dream clients, it wasn’t about that, either… So we … Read on

Instagram inspiration

Instagram inspiration

Instagram is, in truth, the only social network I bother with. While I’ll dive down the Twitter rabbit hole about once a week, when I’ve got plenty of time, and Facebook’s myriad issues are well documented, Instagram provides a constant stream of inspiration and, well, joy… From travel destinations and delicious design to food, ideas and interiors, these are some of the accounts that bring a smile to my face…    

Swiss Type Faces

@swisstypefaces

As a print lover and mad typography fan, Switzerland is the cradle of the modern printing industry (Basel’s type
museum is one … Read on

What’s on: May

May is one of the best months of the year, IMHO. And not just because of the two bank holidays, but it’s also the real start of things happening around the city. May – July in Liverpool is chock full of lovely events, there really is something to suit everyone. Other things to celebrate in May include Get Caught Reading Month and Deck Safety Month. In case you have managed to keep up your diet from New Year, you have a day off on No Diet Day (6th), not forgetting Bike to Work Day on 18th and, of course, internationally-renowned … Read on

GDPR

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

For a while, I thought GDPR was the latest work-related dance banter craze for teams, like early morning porridge networking, silent discos or business ping pong tournaments for charity, such was the ferocity of the invites we received to attend events based on it earlier in the year.

But my relief at realising that it had nothing to do with 7:30am breakfast networking was tempered by the fact that GDPR is actually one of the most important new legislation things that we’ll be facing in 2018, and beyond, as … Read on