March 3rd, 2010
You may have noticed that I dropped off the radar completely for the last month. I had to take some time out, but I’m happy to be back with some news about another, and very gratfying, award for the Guardian.
Last night we were inducted into the Design Week Hall of Fame, for “putting creative excellence at the heart of all that we do visually”. There have been some very prestigious previous winners (Apple, the V&A etc) and some not-so-prestigious ones but we wont mention them. But I’m particularly pleased about awards like this (and of course the legendary black pencil) because they are things that haven’t been won for editorial design before, let alone for a newspaper, and show that we’ve gone beyond the standards of our own industry. So three cheers for me and my teams past and present, editor of the Guardian Alan Rusbridger (a great advocate for design) and Simon Esterson and David Hillman who laid the foundations of the Guardian’s design philosophy long before I took over.
And it was also great to see Cartlidge Levene winning yet another award for the wayfinding they did with us for the Guardian building last night. It was good working with them, and the success of the project is another example of how design for us is not just about the paper, or the website, or the iphone app, I’ve tried to put it at the heart of everything we do.