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Bright ideas for water

Anglian Water launched their Keep It Clear campaign across the Peterborough region last week, with a spectacular animated environmental show in Cathedral Square.

Keep It Clear is part of Anglian Water's groundbreaking Love Every Drop campaign to bring people together to put water at the heart of a new way of sustainable living.

The campaign was created by Corporate Culture - you can read more about the project and its impact on their website.


Word as image: video trailer

Word as image is the brainchild of Ji Lee.

The above video is a trailer for a new book by the same name. You can find out more about the project on the Word as Image page on Facebook.

Challenge: create an image out of a word, using only the letters in the word itself.

Rule: use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts.

Result: genius!




Limited edition: Leica M9 in red

Leica Camera Japan has just launched an exclusive limited-edition M9-P model in silver and red leather, complete with matching red leather hand grip and strap, and the ever popular M f2.8/28mm ASPH wide-angle lens.

But before you get too excited, there’s a catch... Leica have only made 30 cameras like this (emphasis on limited edition) and the gorgeous red M9 will only be available from one location - the Leica store in Futago-tamagawa, Tokyo.

If you’re still interested, here's the store address and phone number...

Leica Futago-tamagawa
3-17-1 Tamagawa | Map
Tamagawa Takashimaya Dept. Store 5 FL
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo Japan
TEL#: +81-03-5797-0338



Comedy carpet rolled out

© Gordon Young

The long-awaited Comedy Carpet created by Gordon Young and designed in collaboration with Why Not Associates will soon be unveiled on Blackpool’s Promenade at the foot of the iconic Blackpool Tower. The 1,880 square metre typographic installation celebrates some of the UK’s best-loved comedy talent and features many well-known stand-up jokes, songs, and catchphrases from the heyday of music hall to the present day.

You can get some idea of the scale of the project from a photograph featured on the Eyewitness section of The Guardian website yesterday.

The latest issue of Creative Review also provides detailed coverage of the work which you can also see on the CR Blog.


Kenneth Grange: Design icon

Above: Parking meter for Venner, TX1 London taxi and the InterCity 125 | Photography by Jonathan Burr

What does the InterCity 125 train, infamous London cab and a parking meter have in common?

Believe it or not, they are all the inspiration and design of one man, Kenneth Grange.

Born in 1929, Kenneth Grange has had a profound influence and impact on our everyday lives as the pionering force behind some of the best and most innovative products of the last 50 years. Having worked with some of the biggest names in manufacturing his prolific career includes the design of everything from food mixers for Kenwood, razors for Wilkinson Sword, cameras for Kodak and pens for Parker to name a few.

On a larger scale, he was also responsible for the aerodynamics, interior layout and external styling of the British Rail high speed train - the infamous InterCity 125 and involved in the design of the 1997 TX1 version of the London taxi.

He is currently the focus of a major retrospective exhibition at the Design Museum containing over 150 individual products, prototypes and sketches. The sheer scale and diversity of his work is staggering, not to mention the quality and ingenuity of every concept and product that bears his name and influence.

If you haven't already seen the exhibition, it's not too late... visit the Design Museum for tickets and information, but hurry because it finishes the end of this month.

You can also see some more images of the exhibition on my Flickr page.