I love my job. It's brilliant. I get to work with really interesting people.
Just look at this stuff. We spent this afternoon with a company that make neon and cold cathode lighting (CCL), in fact the only company in NI that do it. It's a family business, they've been doing it since 1958 and the impression I got was that they love it. It's real craft. We got to see them bending glass, we learnt about neon and argon gas and how they can combine red, green and blue CCL inside some kind of defuser to make a light that can change into whatever colour you want with the twiddle of a knob.
We learnt why neon and CCL are still excellent ways to light things: a) it looks brilliant, and b) it lasts for ages; there are, apparently, neon signs that have been burning for 15-20 years.
But what a fantastic job for any graphic designer: we've got to develop a new ID for them, help them define what they offer, get them noticed and show why they're the people to talk to. Lovely job. I'm very, very excited.
I've always liked Johnson Banks, They do really nice stuff; witty, intelligent, above fashion. Rather like the Big Man himself. It's great that they've kept quite small and, at least I think, been pretty consistent with their work.
I found this JB self-promotional piece in Zwemmer (which was taken over by Dillons and now Shipley's I think) on London's Charing Cross Road. I actually bought it for my wife who was an account director and was always looking for new ways to approach potential clients. I nicked it back later.