16th October 2018 / Alan Moore

The only business model you need: responsibility for The Total

There is a concept called The Total; based around what we take, make and waste. All businesses are faced with costs associated to all three. The Total encompasses ethics, business, production process, products and the world we inhabit. We have an unlimited responsibility for The Total, a responsibility that we try but do not always […]

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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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2nd October 2018 / Alan Moore

Millennials. They want the cool thing, and, the right thing.

I asked Dame Fiona Reynolds, a Master at Cambridge University, UK and author of ‘The Fight for Beauty’ – ‘what gives you hope?’ Her answer; “The reason I feel optimistic is because I think young people are amazing and they get this stuff. This is a generation that has got no ticket to the future, […]

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29th July 2018 / Alan Moore

Why is our world so beautiful? Asks Franck Wilczek

I have a question and it might be the most beautiful question in the world. And it is this — is the world a work of art? Not just the obviously beautiful things, not just the stuff other people have labelled art. But all of it, every piece of the fabric of our lives and relationships. 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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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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