• Learn from Great Design: Captain Train

    by Tom Kenny

    Buying train tickets is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. It could be a good experience with one particular train company or a terrible one with a different operator in the same country. Then it all changes again when you visit another part of the world and you […]

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  • Learn from Great Design: Beliyf

    by Tom Kenny

    Beliyf are a “strategic consulting firm” but that’s a bit boring, so they’ve positioned themselves as much more interesting through great design and copywriting. The creativity on show here is superb and their passion really shines through with the words they use. (Find out details of the upcoming Learn from Great Design eBook) Homepage The […]

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  • Learn from Great Design: Swiss

    by Tom Kenny

    Chocolate. Cheese. Watches. Just some of the things you think about when you think about Switzerland but the underlying association is high quality. Switzerland also has a rich history in the world of graphic design, especially creating many wonderful typefaces we all use today. Apple adopted Swiss made Helvetica for iOS 7, 8 and OS […]

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  • Learn from Great Design: Twelve South

    by Tom Kenny

    Twelve South make accessories exclusively for use with Apple products, “We’re not just Mac friendly. We’re Apple only.” I know from first hand experience that some of them are extremely good and they have to be if they want to be “designing products as innovative as Apple itself”. They’re also going to need a great […]

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  • The Creative Power of Music

    by Tom Kenny

    As part of my desire to discover how we can enter the state of flow and be much more effective and creative with our design work, I’ve been seeing what the effect of music can have on creativity and the news is good. Music has the power to change our state of mind, so we […]

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  • 7 Ways Writing Improves Creativity

    by Tom Kenny

    A year of writing an article every week has taught me much about the positive effect it has on creativity. I’ve also realised just how important writing is from when I stopped writing for a few years before this year of activity. Write more, be more creative I’m a better designer when I write. It’s […]

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  • Flow: Apps, Techniques and Gear to Keep Yourself Focused

    by Tom Kenny

    The best way to focus on designing for a sustained period of time is to lock yourself in a quiet room and tell everyone else not to even knock on the door. Keep well clear! This ideal isn’t exactly possible for everyone, especially in this day and age where companies have the daft idea open […]

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