11th March 2021 / Alan Moore

Book review of Do Build. How to make and lead a business the world needs

I am deeply grateful of this book review by Richard Brophy. This is my personal reflection on Alan Moore‘s new book for the Do Book Co. series. The book: ‘Do Build: How to make and lead a business the world needs. In this piece I try to situate Alan’s book in my own reflection on the […]

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5th June 2020 / Alan Moore

Prophecy and Transformation in a time of Coronavirus

Come to the edge, he said They said: We are afraid Come to the edge, he said They came He pushed them… and they flew (Apollinaire)   It is in the leap of the imagination, made flesh in the fully committed creative act, that we can bring new ideas and realities into this world, 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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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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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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13th April 2018 / Alan Moore

A quest for truth is always core to the purpose of a poet. Remembering Seamus Heaney

The poet Seamus Heaney was a master craftsman of the English language. He embodied the other important characteristics of craftsmanship: a granite-like integrity and a deep empathy for the world around him. A quest for truth is always core to the purpose of a poet, to seek that which others do not see and to […]

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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

“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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10th January 2018 / Alan Moore

50 Beautiful Businesses

Compiled from The Beautiful Business Newsletters and Compendiums. This is the first list of 50 Beautiful Businesses. These businesses inspire a different way of looking at the world. We celebrate people who explore beauty beyond the superficial and strive to deliver truth, meaning and authenticity through beautiful products, experiences and solutions: Things beautifully made with […]

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12th December 2017 / Alan Moore

How poetry can help us make better things

In 1988 I was asked to design an exhibition catalogue for Cecil Collins the artist. My client The Anthony d’Offay Gallery gave me a brief, ‘could I design a catalogue that would look and feel like a jewel?’ How to make a jewel-like catalogue? I loved Cecil’s work, very English and spiritual. My thoughts turned […]

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