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Everything you wanted to ask your favourite designers but were afraid to put your hand up at a talk and ask a question

We attended the launch of a new book titled: Studio Culture: The Secret Life of the Graphic Design Studio at the Haunch of Venison in central London. The book is produced by UNIT EDITIONS which is a collaboration between Tony Brook (SPIN) and Adrian Shaughnessy (SHAUGHNESSYWORKS). Studio Culture: The Secret Life of the Graphic Design… Read more »

Random idea

After visiting the excellent Haunch of Venison gallery in London last week, we had an idea for a kind of art concept. The idea centres around galleries, and how they’re often very minimal, but architecturally very interesting. Especially when they’re stark white, like the picture below. On to the idea. We’d take a gallery like… Read more »

Times Higher Education Awards 2009

We’re delighted to announce the Thoughtful 6 project has been shortlisted in this years Times Higher Education Awards in the Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative category. A big pat on the back for Principal, Lynn Merilion, as well as Mel Spooner, James Corazzo, Ian Parkin, Gary Spicer and Keith Alcock from Stockport College for making the… Read more »

Designers and the grid

Yesterday, we were reading a BLOG POST over at NDG that reminded us of ANOTHER POST we’d read back in 2007 from Johnson Banks’s blog about the creative designs found on manhole covers in Japan. Well, not to be outdone by the Japanese, it seems that in Britain there are people employed in making drainage… Read more »

Pat Carroll interview

A part of the THOUGHTFUL 6 project involved Carrie, Ed, John, Lauren, Amy and Chris creating a ‘rough guide to the creative industries’. The rough guide is a resource for 14-19 year olds interested in a creative career in the North West. Whilst we’re putting the finishing touches to it we thought we’d share with… Read more »

Starting line

Today is a big day for Thoughtful. We’ll tell you all about it in this years Christmas speech.

London Underground fan

Crikey, it was hot yesterday wasn‘t it? It must have been 30C in London. The Underground was unbearable. While we were trying to navigate ourselves around the Underground, we thought this would make a handy item for this time of year. Anyone know of any paper fan printers?

Colour Chart Codes

The smartcode 6 sheet posters for Tate Liverpool’s summer exhibition Colour Chart: Reinventing Colour, 1950 to Today have been printed and should be going up any day now. The idea behind the campaign is the belief that a modern gallery can do more than just hang pictures on walls and throw open their doors. Audiences… Read more »


We were on hand to help howies set up for the sample sale this morning. Then when the doors opened we ran and hid. (Someone even offered to buy James T-Shirt off him for a fiver.)

A trip to Fruit Towers

Yesterday I was lucky enough to have been invited to the second Innocent AGM. Like many, it’s been a hard year for them losing money for the first time since they started the business 10 years ago. In difficult times they had to make some difficult decisions, one of which was to secure and fund… Read more »

Howies Manchester Sample Sale

Howies are coming to town. The Manchester sample sale will be held at: Triangle Shopping Centre (Next Door to Unique Boutique) Exchange Square Manchester M4 3TR Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th April Trading times: Thursday 2pm – 8pm Friday 10am – 6pm Saturday 10am – 6pm Sunday 11am – 4pm If you’ve ever been to… Read more »

Back soon

We’re really busy at the moment with the Thoughtful Six project so unless we win a Black Pencil in the next few months we probably won’t be making any posts. If you have a moment you can read about the Thoughtful Six project HERE. Back soon. James, Chris & Stuart.

The Thoughtful 6

The Thoughtful 6 project is finally up and running. We’ve moved our offices into Stockport College, and it’s all going swimmingly so far. We’d like to thank Mel Spooner, James Corazzo, Ian Parkin, Gary Spicer and Keith Alcock from the College for making this happen. And not forgetting our 6 new designers, Amy, John, Lauren,… Read more »


We know we’re coming late to the party on this one but it’s so good we had to blog it. Created by Taylor/Thomas, (WWW.TAYLORTHOMAS.CO.UK) Bubblesnaps allows you to add animated speech bubbles to your pictures. You can upload images from your desktop or grab them from your Flickr account. Brilliant.


PENCIL: 45 Years of Creativity from the D&AD Annuals opens on Tuesday 20 January at Urbis (with a launch party from 6-8pm), and runs until Sunday 15 March. If you’re interested in attending the launch party, email SIMON.ROUSSEAU@DANDAD.CO.UK PENCIL is an exhibition of outstanding creative work in design and advertising from the D&AD Annuals 1963-2008,… Read more »

Thoughtful’s Christmas speech 2008

Hello and Merry Christmas – again! It’s Christmas Day and exactly two years since we set up in business. There’s no denying it, it’s been the toughest year of our lives in every respect. And much tougher than year one. We’ve never worked so hard or travelled so far in all our working lives. We’ve… Read more »