Slack attack

So the workplace app Slack came under serious criticism this week over its logo redesign. 

I must say I tend to agree with the online community - I was a big fan of the original hashtag logo and colour palette and after reading the article on the rationale for change, which explains ‘...from a point of need rather than for changes sake,’ I get Slack’s point.

However I’m a little baffled to think that the initial design of the logo (created before the company started trading) and more to the point it’s colour palette ever made it to our workstations at all;

‘The design was perhaps too straightforward and weighed down by its colour palette.’

’The old design, while recognisable and distinctive, simply wasn't fit for purpose.

It will be interesting to see how the new branding develops and if the Slack community can eventually be won over.


People have taken to social saying the new design looks like artful genitals. 

Happy New Year 🥴 Nirvana Rules 🤘🏻

Yes, a Happy New Year one and all - we’re slowly getting into the groove of 2019. Not such a happy start for Marc Jacobs who have received a telling off from Nirvana’s legal team for alleged logo misuse and charging £110 for their t-shirt design launched under the new clothing line Redux Grunge.


Maybe the Jacobs PR team should take to social media with words from what became Nirvana’s last song on their final album entitled ‘All Apologies’: “What else could I write? I don't have the right.”


My face broke the internet

A bit of fun and all that setting up my 404 page but hopefully you won’t be seeing this image on my website (other than here!).


Footy anthems

Bands FC is the brainchild of Tim Burgess from music band The Charlatans. 

“It’s a celebration of the exact point where bands and football bump into each other – with a nod to Panini sticker collections,” explained designer Nick Fraser.

I love this concept but I must admit I’m not a ‘fan’ of some of the executions. The Gallagher brothers Man City badges are an acception - nice work lads.

That aside, football and music - ahhh, two of my favourite interests oh....and design of course.

Back of the net!

Adobe Max announcements: Ru ready?

So this week at the Adobe Max Conference there were a couple of updates I was interested in:

1. The exciting 3 updates to Photoshop found in more detail here:


2. The mobile version of Premier Pro - named Rush. Marketed at the videographer/editor on the go - this really does seem to push the boundaries of the capabilities software apps can do. Looking forward to trying it out.


So I’ve been watching the new bbc drama series Press, mainly due to the fact I’ve worked for a newspaper group and was interested to see Ben Chaplin’s character, Duncan Allen, the editor of red top, The Post.

Growing up I very much enjoyed him in the first series of Game On, he’s a good actor.


Press, its an interesting and in my option a true account of the fast paced, sometimes crazy happenings within the  newspaper circle.

It highlights the recent strains that have evidently hit print circulation, the constant sales/editorial battles to maintain the quality of journalism and at the same time stop revenue decline - let alone increase it - and all the while working around the clock to get the papers to readers in time for their cup of tea and toast at 7am.

With 3 more episodes to go, it will be interesting how this initial series plays out. If there is a follow up series, who knows The Post and The Herald (the rival paper) could be online only publications or feel compelled to unite as one title in order to save the future of both. As I said, this drama holds lots of truth and similarities to the industry. No fake news here.

Written by Tom Britton  


Film review: United 93

It’s that horrible time of year when we all remember the sad atrocities in Lower Manhattan. I recently watched the film United 93 - a very sobering account into what the hijacked airline passengers and staff must have gone through and how the military and air traffic controllers had to deal with the total meltdown and take over of the US east coast by Al-Qaeda. It certainly brings it all back around this time but I think that’s a gentle reminder to us all to stop and remember those who died. Never forget. One of the best cities in the world. We love you New York.


Affinity lays down yet another marker

Almost two decades since Adobe launched Indesign to rival and ultimately knock QuarkXpress off its perch, Affinity Publisher you could argue is looking to do the same to the giants that brought us the Creative Cloud.

I’m sure they’ll be Affinity fans looking to migrate across and drop their CC subscriptions... but not just yet.

Affinity Publisher was launched end of August

Affinity Publisher was launched end of August

It’s early days as Publisher is still in BETA but with Designer and Photo getting rave reviews Publisher looks to follow in its siblings footsteps. No doubt the team at Affinity are well into production on extending the family with video and web applications too although, they may have upset their neighbours.