17 / 08 / 16

The Art of Letting Go

A humorous look at the high cost of meddling

Recently I decided to take my own good advice and think about refreshing my sadly out-of-date and neglected art website which I use to promote my alter ego Lennon Art. Pay attention to the word ego here because I’ll come back to it.

Artist’s websites are notorious for being awful at best. There are of course millions of bad sites on the web in every sector, but artists really seemed to have taken this to a whole new level. Search around and you’ll find some wonderful examples of incomprehensible crazy concepts, a lack of regard for appropriate typography, an ignorance of accessibility and usability issues and all nicely underpinned by an overall embarrassing amateurism. Sorry if that sounds too harsh. There are of course many exceptions out there but I wouldn’t be able to make my point clearly if I was being rational and fair and not chance a little rant for literary effect!

08 / 07 / 16

Cutting Remarks

A recent chance comment by a former design student I mentor, inspired this piece. I was showing him a new book I’d just collected, ‘Photomontage between the Wars’, not exactly a gripping holiday read for many I’m sure, but I love it. He flicked through these amazing, cut and paste images and said “Wow, Imagine what they could do with our tools now!” And that’s what got me thinking...

Photomontage what is it?

Our online oracle, Wikipidea, defines it as: ‘The process and the result of making a composite photograph by cutting, gluing, rearranging and overlapping two or more photographs into a new image.’ You cannot be serious! (well it’s Wimbledon), our kids do something similar at Nursery. What’s the big deal and when did it become a serious art form?

04 / 04 / 16


iTrauma and the Confessions of a Justified Sinner

Spanner and Cog

What you are about to read are the rambling thoughts of someone who has reluctantly accepted that maintaining the status quo is no longer an option in this multi media madness of the modern world. Yes readers I reached for the mirror and found to my horror a 'conservative' staring back. Thankfully it was the type 2, small 'c' reactionary type which responds to treatment.

‘So I turned myself to face me...’

For too long I had clung to my safe but relatively static comfort zone, but as we all know, although the zone can feel a nice place, nothing grows there! What am I rambling about... iTrauma - the painfull but necessary process of digital evolution and keeping up with the times. So how did this start?

03 / 03 / 16

Talkin’ Bout A Revolution

Lennon Design constuctivist pastiche
Why has a 100 year old graphic style from the heart of revolutionary Russia become one of the most globally recognised and enduring art movements ever?

What are we talking about?

Constructivism that’s what. This was an artistic and architectural movement in Russia from 1914 onward which dismissed "pure" or fine art in favour of art used as an instrument for social and political purposes. The term 'Construction Art' was initially a mocking term coined by Kazimir Malevich, pioneer of the earlier Suprematist style. Malevich aimed to create expression and feeling in his work solely through the ‘symphonic arrangement of shapes on a field of white.' Malevich also worked in the constructivist style. Other big players were Alexander Rodchenko, known for his strong graphic approach, sculptor Vladimir Tatlin and El Lissitzky who is credited with bringing a unity between painting and architecture.

06 / 01 / 16

Refresh your business

2016 - New Year, new you?

Welcome to the New Year. January, traditionally a time for us to reflect on our past year’s behaviour and resolve to make positive lifestyle changes to reinvigorate us for the year ahead. The mouldy training shoes get an airing, we make empty promises to read more obscure Classic novels, the cork goes back in the bottle temporarily and we sign up for Weight Watchers. Easy.

What about our business though, are we happy with the bottom line? Has our business moved on but the brand is still stuck in the past? The market may be getting tougher and we need to reach a new audience but is the brand up to it or does it need revitalised? Like people, the company can start to look jaded, worn out and not feeling particularly energised.

Let's get fresh

Completely rebranding is not always a good option, it's expensive, time consuming and risky. Instead we can put a fresh face on the business with a brand refresh strategy. What's this?

16 / 11 / 15

#Paris 13NOV2015

After the terrible news from our close neighbours and friends across the Channel, I couldn’t not make a comment. I offer my sympathy to all who have suffered and my total respect to those who refuse to give into terrorism and stand tall above those who would choose to use this atrocity as an excuse for more racial hatred. I love the City and have a personal attachment to its people and culture going back a long way.

Images of Defiance

The swift response from the creative community has been particularly heartwarming. Within hours, social media channels were awash with defiant images of public buildings lit up in red, white and blue. Potent and moving.

One of the most shared images was a peace symbol integrated with the Eiffel Tower by a French graphic designer, Jean Jullien (currently living in London). A great example of a powerful graphic simply expressed, which has become an icon of global solidarity.