May 9th, 2013
Written by:Nicholas Sweeting
An interesting ‘spirits of the age’ story from Russia.
Shoppers in a Moscow supermarket were left scratching their heads recently when a group of 30 activists staged a mass ‘lie-in’ in-store, remaining prone on the floor for some minutes. The activists, who are members of the group The Truth About Food, were protesting the number of harmful additives found in many retailers’ products.
April 15th, 2013
Written by:Nicholas Sweeting
Following a recent trip to Moscow, I was faced with the familiar hollow feeling that comes from a) drinking some of the finest wines known to humanity courtesy of a VERY generous, talented and above all handsome client and b) wondering what to do with the teetering stack of business cards I had accumulated.
February 4th, 2013
Written by:richardtuckerThe Emirates Air Line is the latest addition to London’s already varied transport network, and adds an exciting (and very quick!) new way to cross the river Thames. The route directly links the Royal Victoria Docks with the Greenwich Peninsula, the location of the popular O2 Arena, with a journey that takes just a few minutes and costs a few pounds.
December 13th, 2012
I carried out a day long workshop with Narvesen convenience store managers from Latvia yesterday. The day was an interesting discussion with an audit we prepared on their stores and layouts and a presentation about trends and benchmarks in UK and European convenience retailing. Our Latvian guests were then accompanied on an excursion. A successful day of discovery for all.
Presentation is available at Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/SCGLondon/convenience-store-trends-benchmarking
November 23rd, 2012
If you are a long-term reader of this blog you might recall our “Power to the (young) people” post from February this year. That post was an introduction to our involvement with Bite the Ballot – an independent organisation created by and for young people, working within schools and youth groups to encourage young people to engage with the political system and voice their frustrations, giving them direct access to the decision-makers who affect their every day lives.
Last month Bite the Ballot, with backing from the cabinet office, launched a new initiative “Rock Enrol” and embarked on a tour of schools across Britain to attempt to get young people enrolled on the electoral register. To help their efforts, we worked with a core team from BTB to design and produce an event pack, detailing activities for young people to assist them to make the association between what they care about and how they can play a role to positively influence the decisions that affect them. Read more…
October 25th, 2012
Google started it and now everyone’s at it, and quite frankly, for a while there we all got kind of bored of it. I’m talking about workplace design. The quirky, adult playground type. When images of the Google headquarters hit the Internet a couple of years ago we were all inspired to look at work place design from a completely different angle.
It was thought that contenting your employees with slides and swings and primary colours would boost morale and efficiency. This new angle provided stimulating and inspiring spaces that would, in-turn encourage harder, faster, better work.
October 19th, 2012
A few weeks ago I was out for a wander round North Soho and I noticed a crowd of people up an alleyway, gathered around a large sphere made up from pieces of old dolls, furniture, plastic ornaments, musical instruments, machinery and various other ephemera. A young woman came out of a doorway next to the sphere and invited me inside for a drink - let’s face it, doll parts and free drink, you’ve just got to find out more, so I accepted her offer and entered the bizarre, bewildering, intriguing world of Lesley Hilling. Read more…
October 11th, 2012
QR codes (QR stands for Quick Reference) have been around since 1994, but it’s only over the last few years that they have become commonly used in marketing and promotions. This is a direct result of the popularity of smartphones, where a quick scan of the code can transfer essential information in a couple of seconds. There is no need to physically write numbers, addresses or website details, which is a great benefit to both the advertiser and the consumer. Read more…
October 3rd, 2012
I recently found the photography website of Richard Hooker, who is a London Designer/Art director. It was his ‘By the Bus Stop’ series that really grabbed my attention.
September 20th, 2012
On a recent visit to Saint Petersburg I came across an interesting sight in a backstreet courtyard – a makeshift graffiti gallery.
Local authorities had (not very successfully) whitewashed over some graffiti on the walls much to the distaste of the local tenants. Who, so impressed with the artwork had pre-empted possible intervention, took photographs, had them printed and framed then mounted them on the walls in the exact same location as the originals.