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The Hermit’s Cup

Or the origins of coffee   We sometimes forget that most human history is undocumented – not just the history that predates writing, but all the hopes, fears, ideas and experiences that [...]

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Design and the test of time

Or finding a relic of London in a bag   I recently acquired a bag of possessions that belonged to my grandfather. Amongst the photographs and the diary entries there was a fold-up pocket map [...]

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Colour

Or pity the poor designer   Only a few days ago we were tight in the embrace of the ‘Beast from the East’. Looking out of the office window, the hawthorn hedge was bare and stark against a [...]

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Etymology

Or what copywriters think about when they drink coffee   As a copywriter, I love etymology, or the origin and development of words. English is such a rich tongue because it is Germanic in [...]