14th October 2018 / Alan Moore

Why the practice of craft makes a meaningful life

I was trained both as a typographer, and as a book designer. Both these practices are steeped in craft. So much knowledge required of materials (don’t get me started on paper – colour, transparency, weight, texture – to this today every piece of paper I touch is evaluated – receipts mostly), production processes, typefaces, and, […]

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24th August 2018 / Alan Moore

Hack the Root: from waste to living building materials

Hack the Root, is a piece of installation artwork by architectural technologist Mae-Ling Lokko, whose passion is to crate value from materials that otherwise would have been discarded or forgotten. The installation was commissioned by Liverpool Biennale and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) North, the core pieces of which are ‘growing trays’ in the […]

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3rd June 2018 / Alan Moore

Anselm Kiefer, beauty in art and learning to wait

In the 1980’s I worked on an Anselm Kiefer project with the Anthony d’Offay Gallery called Zweistromland, or The High Priestesss. Two massive steel bookcases furnished with books made from one of Kiefer’s favourite materials, lead. They made for an incredible installation. Why were they made? ‘I suspect that the human species – the unique […]

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16th May 2018 / Alan Moore

Tashi Mannox, how stillness enhances creativity

In my book “Do Design. Why beauty is key to everything“, I write about Tashi Mannox and the importance of stillness as a key role in how we work. A concept that can be applied to our daily life, I believe. Tashi Mannox had become a Tibetan monk at the age of 22, spending 17 […]

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11th May 2018 / Alan Moore

Beautiful Business conversations with craftswoman Alice Blogg

Alice is a designer, a maker of all things in wood. Alice shares her views on what a life of craft gives her — A joyful life of enduring satisfaction. Explaining the importance of having respect for the living material she uses – wood, Alice touches on the need for meaning connected to living an […]

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22nd April 2018 / Alan Moore

Everyone has a shingle beach. A story about time and perseverance

On the last 100 metres of the English coast before it falls into the ocean is a garden of unique beauty. It existsin an inhospitable place. It’s a garden that lives on the edge of the world. Nature is at her most ferocious — wind blasting the landscape, beating at the shore with salty fists, roasting everything […]

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22nd March 2018 / Alan Moore

The CEO Guide to creating a Beautiful Business

What would your business look like were it more beautiful? I have always been fascinated by beautiful things: landscape, architecture, furniture, tools, books, music, words as stories, food, businesses. Beautiful things are prepared with love. The act of creating something of beauty is a way of bringing good into the world. Infused with optimism, it […]

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10th February 2018 / Alan Moore

In beauty may I walk, Navajo Indian prayer

Go for a walk and say this Navajo Indian prayer as you go In beauty may I walk All day long may I walk Through returning seasons may I walk On the trail marked with pollen may I walk With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk With dew about my feet may I walk […]

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10th February 2018 / Alan Moore

“Ma” the spaces between are everything

I have recently been reading Alex Kerr’s intriguing book, Lost Japan. It was a serendipitous moment picking it up in the local bookshop. What a book about such an amazing life journey. It is the concept of Ma that captures my curiosity. Kerr explains, “‘Ma’ — the special appeal of Japanese music lies almost completely in its […]

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20th January 2018 / Alan Moore

A day to make your life more beautiful

Description Beautiful things are prepared with love. The act of creating something of beauty is a way of bringing good into the world. Infused with optimism it says, life is worthwhile. We can all choose to be more beautiful in our thoughts, actions and in how we interact with the world. Since writing my book […]

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