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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30th August 2018 / Alan Moore

Beauty recalibrating how we make things and why we make them

In 2013 I gave a talk in Holland about the need to redesign the organisations that we use, inhabit and support us, that drive our economies. I spoke for beautifully designed organisations, beautiful workplaces and work cultures, beautifully designed products, stuff. I asked for a return to what I termed the Human-OS. Where the sovereignty […]

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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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15th July 2018 / Alan Moore

Passage for Par shows our world to be sensual, textured, collaborative

Passage for Par is a dance performance created specially for and presented on Par Beach Cornwall, conceived and directed by choreographer Rosemary Lee for the Cornish International Art Programme GroundWork. At the turn of the tide 30 women will rhythmically snake their way across the tidal landscape, tracing meandering pathways through the wet sand, their […]

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4th July 2018 / Alan Moore

Do Design: 14 practices to create enduring beauty

Because beauty and great design appear to be so effortless, we mistake it to be easy. Or, that genius was bestowed upon its creators by some divine spirit. There is no doubt we all have gifts. But it is only when we practise daily that we develop the capacity to see, design and create work […]

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20th June 2018 / Alan Moore

Alison Brooks beauty in architecture

Recently I dropped in to say hello to Architect Alison Brooks. We had connected through our joint interest in beauty. Our conversation ranged over why beauty has been lost as a framework in architecture and what the implications were. That beauty can be and is in fact universal. Alison has recently written and published a […]

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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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2nd June 2018 / Alan Moore

How does knowledge feel?

We all know a lot. How does knowledge feel? And how do you feel that you know? How do you feel what you know? How do your feelings feel? Your felt feeling!   Consult your feeling of being disconnected and being connected, Being indifferent or committed. Does feeling connected make you more empathetic? Does empathy […]

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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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