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The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life

‘In the midst of life I woke to find myself living in an old house beside Brick Lane in the East End of London.’ With these words the Spitalfields Life blog was born, back in August 2009.

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Comfortable among the clouds

Joseph Roth’s What I Saw captures his impressions and observations as he wanders Berlin in the years between the two World Wars. He re-constructs the city before the reader’s eyes. But it’s very much his Berlin – one moment a hard reality of stone and traffic, the next a floating world of dizzying shapes and elusive symbols.

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Random Spectacular

Spitalfields Life is an important counter-argument to the ridiculous but common notion that people don’t like to read online.

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Tis as human a little story

Designers don’t always limit themselves to pure function; why should copywriters restrict themselves to functional language?

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Writer’s block

The Silver Jubilee Crystal Crown was sculpted by Arthur Fleischmann, who pioneered carving in Perspex. It is the largest solid block of Acrylic in the world. It was originally made in 1968 for Stanley Kubrick’s film “2001 – A Space Odyssey”

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Calisthenics for the brain

The writing process can help us to think through what we know and develop richer, more useful, more valuable, more considered interpretations of the world.

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Between the lines

Despite the Cold War editorial shadow play, much of what Encounter published seems thoughtful, considered and independent, and certainly bears reading today.

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Ruminations

I picked up a carton of the milk chocolate version, looked at the packaging and entered a parallel world of Modern Milk-soaked surrealism.

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The music of writing

Bernbach’s position reflects both the interest Madison Avenue developed in psychology and its cynical fantasy that it controlled people’s behaviour.

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Visual editing

A contemporary version of Swiss Design doesn’t have to mean clean lines and stark type, just the unremitting application of logic, analysis and clarity to the design process.

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