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A personal scrapbook for things I find interesting and feel like sharing or commenting on. Broadly speaking, covering design, tech and occasionally craft. My name's Denise. I'm the co-founder of b3ta and the ex-creative director of MOO. These days I'm a creative director at BERG but these views are my own. Thanks for visiting.

Only saw this for the first time recently. It’s wonderful.

Things I think about when walking

There are various routes i can take to get to my house from work. It involves at least three different modes of transport, but depending on which office I’ve been working in, it can involve four. (Tube, overground train, tram, bus. For some reason I don’t count walking, not sure why.)

Last night I cut out the final bus journey to walk instead, it was a nice evening, and there was no rush.

I walked past a garden with climbing roses making a bid for freedom over the garden wall. They were so full of themselves and so bursting with life I thought I should stop and smell them - actually they had no smell, which was a shame. Pretty though.

I used to work in a florist as a teenager. I was usually in the Kemptown shop, often on my own. When I started, it was all in such a rush that the boss left without telling me how to use the till. My first customer was a lovely man who patiently showed me what to do. Occasionally I would run out of change, and would have to ask customers to wait in the shop alone, while I ran to the newsagents to swap a £5 note for coins. Sometimes the shop would be so cold I’d stand on the other side of the street in the sunshine just to warm up. It was a nice place. People were nice. 

I was thinking about all this because the roses last night didn’t smell.

I was thinking about it because of the one customer I didn’t like.

She worked at a centre for the blind. I won’t name names, because it doesn’t seem right, and it was a long time ago. Every week she’d come bursting in, filling the shop with her condescension. She had a budget for flowers, and every week I’d watch her buy the most ostentatious blooms she could find. Anything big. Anything expensive looking. Anything she liked. 

Nothing that ever smelt nice, or really had any scent at all.

What kind of person works in a centre for the blind and chooses flowers for their looks.

Flowers! Of all the things. 

Wired's review of new Virgin flight booking site

"And so Virgin invested in a responsive website rather than a website-plus-app strategy, on hopes that the ease for users would more than make up for the relatively small amount of ad dollars flowing through the page."

"Boarding passes can be accessed on the website, but for those who prefer paper, the team at Work & Co. also designed a version that’s printed on letter sized sheets and meant to be folded to fit conveniently in a back pocket. “We made one side all about everything you need to get to your gate and other side everything the TSA needs,” says Liebel."

"Liebel gives credit to Virgin for preventing their high-concept approach from being homogenized. “Usually, you’re dealing with digital group and they have to run the through legal, operations, and IT—that’s where the quality usually drains out the bottom,” he says."

Google's Nest Moves To Become Master Of The Smart Home, By Talking To Other Devices

"Would Google Now be able to use Nest’s data to serve Google’s all-important advertising ambitions?

“Nope,” says Nest’s Rogers. “We’re clear our data can only be used for what a developer will use it for.” 

When the UK goes 'digital by default', who will be left behind?

“The internet is classically an experienced technology in the sense that you can’t see many of its advantages in the abstract, you actually have to experience it to understand how it can work for you,”

Stephanie Kwolek, Chemist Who Created Kevlar, Dies At 90

"She earned a degree in chemistry from a women’s college at what is now Carnegie Mellon University. After she graduated in 1946, she thought about going to medical school, according to the American Chemical Society, but instead applied for a job as a chemist with the DuPont company.

"She found an opportunity at DuPont because many men were in the military at the time," reports the Wilmington News Journal. Kwolek continued to flourish there long after World War II ended, doing extensive work on polymers."


Highlighted the above, because it’s interesting to see the opportunities open, or not, for women, especially at that time.

Dov Charney, Terry Richardson: Hipster Misogyny on the Wane – Flavorwire

Interesting that the post at the top of my tumblr feed is this:

That tumblr account is an odd one. Art, and middle class porn, basically. A nice look at some ladies in skimpy clothes but shot in arty ways. I followed it for the actual art and the cynicism, but I’m getting increasingly bored of the middle class porn. Just now trying to think if there are ever pictures of men? Can’t recall any.

EDIT: Link to FastCo’s article on Dov Charney getting canned:

"Everything good comes to an end, right"

err… yeah, right.