I was looking on YouTube for music by Daphne Oram, the pioneering electronic musician who invented the Oramics machine. What I found was this fabulous film called Snow. Daphne Oram contributed electronic effects to the music by Johnny Hawksworth. The film is by Geoffrey Jones. Here’s what the BFI has to say about it: Comprising […]

The fascination of train announcements

There is something quite fascinating about the announcements made on trains. Is there any form of public speaking that varies in quality more. Sometimes the announcements can be delivered in an unbelievably apathetic tone, like it’s the last thing the train guard ever wants to do. A lot of it just sounds plain rotten. Sometimes […]

Just My Type

My name is Duncan and I am interested in fonts. Against my better judgement, sometimes I blurt out this fact, and people run a mile. But is it becoming acceptable? Simon Garfield’s book, Just My Type, would make it seem like a perfectly normal interest. Though there is a nod and a wink towards the […]

The importance of design for transport

I was pleased to see an article on the BBC News website about the brilliance of the design of the UK’s road signs. Minimalist and clutter-free, British road signs are a design triumph. I often look to transport-related design of all types for inspiration. The reason is because they have to work well. Lives might depend […]