A quick recommendation on how to spend these sunny days – Ainsley’s Ultimate Barbecue Bible – though perhaps more fitting for the weekend than on Monday morning – fire up that barbecue and enjoy!
“That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.” Yes, but how would sales figures look? We have just finished our third naming project for Tesco – in as many weeks! It will be a few months before we can reveal anything else…
My love of colour has recently expanded to include my nails…and a discovery of Nails Inc. The name of the shade which matches Grain’s orange is called Westbourne Grove, which is a stone’s throw from our old office. Our new location in Marylebone corresponds to a pink glitter concoction. Don’t expect a change to our … Read more
Grain recenty made a move slightly east from Notting Hill to Marylebone. We’re now at 12 Melcombe Place at Marylebone Station and the Landmark Hotel. Our new business cards have arrived too!
We are delighted to share one of our latest projects: the naming of a new Chinese brand of fresh juices. It’s our new Main Squeeze! We have designed the packaging of the freshly squeezed orange juice in 2 sizes, with lots more in the pipeline…or should I say the straw?
The title might be a bit of an overstatement but I am mightily impressed by the guys from Altaeros from Massachusetts. For the windsurfers and kitesurfers amongst us we all know what a boost you get from flying your sail that much higher in the air. And the way Altaeros has delivered this is nothing … Read more
Our response from across the pond to Adam Ladd’s brilliant video – our own 5-year-old’s impressions on brandmarks. Original soundtrack by Anthony Postman.
This article on Fast Company on How To Make Your Own Luck dates back to 2003 but it resurfaced recently. Definitely worth a read!
Everybody in the world can be divided between stationery lovers and mere stationery users. I am guessing that the separation would fall quite closely along gender lines. You may have noticed a theme in my recent reading: productivity, happiness, organisation… This Dymo label maker fits into all these categories. A couple of the productivity authors … Read more
Refuse to Choose!: A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything That You Love. Scanners unite! Barbara Sher has defined a category of people who have many interests as Scanners. She explains why Scanners may flit from one project to the next without ever completing anything, and provides a host of tools from the Scanner Daybook to … Read more
Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence. This is one of those books which can really change your life if you take it to heart. The basic premise is to follow your dreams – sounds lovely but difficult in reality, right? The first step, like in … Read more
Berries are wonderful and delicious and so are pies. Raspberry pie as the combination of the two is no exception to that but this new product called Raspberry Pi is unbelievable, inspiring and simply awesome. Forget the $100 computer which did not quite make it despite computer industry heavy weights being involved. This ‘naked’ computer … Read more
As the officially coronated Spreadsheet Queen (with the recently bestowed adjunct title of Micro-Managing Brand Freak), I thought I would really like the system set out in Getting Things Done by David Allen. But in short, I hated it because it is so prescriptive. Rather than teaching a man to fish, it tells him exactly … Read more
Never Check E-mail in the Morning: And Other Unexpected Strategies for Making Your Work Life Work by Julie Morgenstern. The title of this book shows the clear mark of a publisher trying to increase sales. The former title was Making Work Work. The drawback of the new, catchier and curiosity-provoking title is that it doesn’t … Read more
I just spent a fun afternoon creating some new products. I have a thing for personalisation, for fonts and for merchandise so you can imagine that I was in heaven. Have a peek and pick up something for yourself or a friend here!
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