29 May 2015
Hope you're having a nice Friday afternoon. I am very pleased to say that the Wilton's Music Hall site we have been working on the past few months is now live!
Wilton's is a very unique Grade II listed building here in East London, comprising a mid-19th Century grand music hall attached to an 18th Century terrace of three houses and a pub. It is one of the few surviving music halls left in the world, and retains many beautiful original features.
In the 1970’s it was scheduled for demolition. Luckily, a campaign was started with support from people such as Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan, which saved the building. Today, it is a thriving heritage and multi-arts performance space, with rehearsal rooms and two bars. Anyone who has been there will speak of its incredible atmosphere.
We will go here when you’re in London next!
I'd like to say thanks to our amazing designer Marianne Nicolas; our great dev team, Halo; our intern Daniel Pearson; and the talented photographer Sonny McCartney.
13 May 2015
I must have had this saved for ages and just found it again: beautiful letterheads designed by the Austrian designer Herbert Bayer (I love this image of him above), I assume sometime in the 30's, before he had to flee Berlin where he was working.
It is hard to believe that these are about 80 years old. It's hard to imagine that many people I know have never experienced what it is like to use a typewriter. And well it's hard to admit that when I first started work as a designer, stationery sets were so common.
You can see more here.
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7 May 2015
Good morning MLE,
Well, it is election day here in the UK, so I am going to speak about elections. No, don’t stop reading, I promise to keep it short!
I’m not going to talk about the UK, but rather Canada. As of yesterday, in Alberta, Canada (where most of my family is from), the NDP government caucus is about 45% female. The numbers are to be confirmed, but it appears that Alberta has elected the most women in any government in Canadian history.
Now some other people are going to stop reading, because they don’t like when I say “feminist” things. This has always seemed a bit strange to me, because I don’t understand why everyone is not a feminist. Who (whether you are male or female) does not want women to have the same rights as men?
Anyway, women's participation and representation in decision making bodies at executive and legislative levels has increased over the past decades - but this has been very slow and uneven across the world.
Education, quotas, legislation and women’s movements have all shown to help. In addition, we need to address gender inequality within families, inequitable division of labor within households, and cultural attitudes about gender roles.
In national parliaments, the global average of seats held by women is only 22%. Parliaments are supposed to be there to represent the people. Considering that 50% of the people are female, we have a long way to go before they truly represent us.
Suzan xxPosted in: news