Last week I learned a curious new verb. According to the OED, to gazump is to make a higher offer for a house than someone whose offer has already been accepted by the seller, and thus succeed in acquiring the property. An Urban Dictionary definition is more straight-forward, to buy something already promised to someone else.
Emails beget emails.
Some good news for a rainy Monday. Open for business this week in the UK: Bookshop, the ‘socially conscious alternative to Amazon that allows readers to buy books online while supporting their local independent bookseller’.
Note to self: knitting needles make great DIY back scratchers.
Never forget the luxury of filing your nails after cutting them.
Walking the morning loop today, this utility post identification and inspection system caught my eye. Materials restricted to the bare economic minimum and eroded by weather, it serves its purpose with pleasing aplomb.
Segue, MR spent some time recently developing the naming system below as we’re planning to organise all of our digital images into the same location. Until now we’ve kept tidy but separate archives.
The system includes provision for:
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Redistribution of power
[ not perpetuation of power ]
[ not in isolation ]
foster constructive collaborator dialogue
[ not hostile client monologue ]
support the public interest
[ not private interests ]
[ not singularity]
[ don’t simplify ]
produce critical reflections
[ not narrative descriptions ]
Quality of process
[ not quantity of outcome ]
[ not division of labour ]
fenced work week
[ not overtime ]
scheduled responding to emails
[ not a perpetual flow ]
permit unstructured time
[ reduce billable projects ]
[ less sustained screen-time ]
more primary research
[ less secondary/online research ]
After Rosalie Schweiker‘s Rules for Work
So I’ve been thinking about further study for awhile, but I don’t know where to do it. Here’s my tally of interesting graduates and/or institutions they have been associated with:
Sara de Bondt – St Lukas / Jan Van Eyck
Paul Bailey – Central Saint Martins
Fraser Muggeridge – University of Reading
Stuart Bailey – University of Reading / Werkplaats Typografie
James Goggin – RCA / Werkplaats Typografie
Karel Martens – Jan Van Eyck / Werkplaats Typografie
Paulus Dreibholz – Central Saint Martins
Armand Mevis – Gerrit Rietveld / Werkplaats Typografie / Yale
Paul Elliman – Werkplaats Typografie / Yale
Na Kim – Werkplaats Typografie
Anthony Froshaug – Central Saint Martins / Royal College of Art
Who wins? Yet to be decided.