Saul Bass is probably my favourite and my bestest graphic designer. When I’m stuck on a project I pop down the internet and have a little look at some of his work.

Y’know the iconic Hitchcock posters?

That’s him. The super slick logo for United Airlines? That’s him. The stylish and fun film credits for it’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World?

saul bass film credits

Yup, that’s him.
(If you have a spare minute go take a look, it’ll make you smile)

So, I’ve heard tell of a children’s book that Saul illustrated in 1962, Henri’s Walk to Paris. Searches on ebay proved fruitless (or expensive) but now finally it has been reprinted and is widely available again. The mighty Amazon delivered it to my door 4 weeks earlier than they said (good work Amazon Elves), and it is as beautiful and inspiring as I imagined.

Go buy it.

beautiful and newToday is the launch of Marie Claire Runway, a new biannual magazine that ‘celebrates all the fun and fabulosity of the Fashion Week whirl’. It’s brought to you by the people behind women’s glossy Marie Claire, and I was fortunate enough to be creative director of this project for seven frantic weeks at the end of last year. I worked long hours with a crack team of journalists to put together the mag and tried to document the process as we went. This video is a little taster of what happened behind the scenes.

Launching a new mag involves a lot of thinking, experimentation and red wine. We tried hundreds of different ideas for the cover and some of the inside pages were so intricate we sent the repro house into meltdown, with over 1000 images of models that needed to be digitally cut out and removed from their backgrounds.

I think this might my favourite spread…

or maybe this one …

Marie Claire Runway is on sale now at all good newsagents and probably some petrol stations. It is good. Go buy it.


Finland does good graphics, great fabric and weird sweets (mostly liquorice or peppermint, often together, always in stylish packaging).

The town we visited was called Oulu. Friendly, quiet and famous for hosting The World Air Guitar Championships… AWESOME! If you don’t believe me look here.

The fabric in the top right of the picture is from marimekko and bottom left are some coasters I picked up for ‘my-new-house-that-doesn’t-actually-exist-yet’ from the Moomin Store in the uber-cool Helsinki Airport. For all things Moomin go here now!

I love paper. I love the way it is super versatile and you can make it do pretty much anything you think of. I once made it do this for a photoshoot. If you want to make something similar you can watch an instructional video I did for HobbyCraft a little while ago, it shows you how to make these giant flowers.

Anyway I digress… The other day I stumbled across the beautiful website ofย  Paper+Cup Design. After having a good look round I found they had just released a book full of their quirky and cute designs. I received mine in the post this morning and though the projects are quite simple they all have the delightful design aesthetic that I love.

If you are new to crafting, want to make something with your children or just want another book to coo over and be inspired by then get yours here.