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London called…

What a weekend! I have just returned from a quick trip over to London and Chichester. Traveling is a great way to get a fresh dose of inspiration.

I can’t count how many times I’ve been to London, but it never fails to impress. It is an amazing city full of colour, sights and sounds, plenty to get the creative juices flowing. I have ticked another few things off my London to see and do list, but it still has plenty on it to justify another few visits!

The first place we visited was the Design Museum. Currently the Museum has two main exhibitions, The Brit Insurance Designs of the year 2011 and Wim Crouwel A Graphic Odyssey. Having studied the work of Dutch Graphic designer Wim Crouwel in College, I was very excited to see some of his famous poster designs in person. Here are a couple of examples… what do you think of them?

1. Hiroshima Poster  2.Vormgevers Poster

Wim Crouwel uses very strong typography, shapes and colour in his designs, and he bases all of his designs on a grid structure.

We also visited Covent Garden, the National Gallery, the London Eye, and Tower Bridge here are a few photos I took along the way.

To get from place to place we used the incredibly efficient and easy to use London Underground. Every time I use the underground I am amazed by how smoothly it is run. The most impressive and iconic symbol of the London Underground is the tube map design. It was originally designed in 1931 by a man named Harry Beck and although it has seen many iterations over the years, it is still based on his original design. The design of the map is so successful because it relies on two main design elements, colour and the very legible typeface Johnston. These two when combined, create an easy to follow and legible reference for tube users, whether they are familiar with the routes or not.

Planes, trains and helicopters!

We really did use every mode of transport possible on our trip, the most exciting was our flight on a brand new helicopter! My uncle is a helicopter pilot with Elite Helicopters near Chichester and he very kindly arranged to take me up up and away for a bird’s eye view of the countryside. I was sitting in the middle of the helicopter so I didn’t take many photos, here are a few…

I also spotted the next business purchase I think curious should invest in, who needs a company car when you can have a company plane?!

Inspiration trips abroad could soon be a weekly occurrence!

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