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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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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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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18th July 2018 / Alan Moore

My path in practical leadership

When I was in my late 20’s, I was invited to work with a Nordic communications company. This business would, over time, become notorious, famous and very successful. Their original flag the Skull & Crossbones. It said it all. I had spoken to the founder on the phone, “come for a month, see what happens” […]

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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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12th June 2018 / Alan Moore

Can Businesses be Beautiful and Profitable?

The lens of beauty enables more thoughtful design. It inspires the crafting of more meaningful products and services. It creates a resilient business, with a more committed workforce. Beautiful leadership brings out the very best in people so they feel inspired to do their best work. Beauty is not a soft option, it takes hard […]

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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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