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Mr David Osbaldestin, designer and BCU lecturer extraordinaire, informs me that my Birmingham ward map has just been used in “a rather brilliant L6 student presentation about the use of typography in information graphics” - and I was mentioned just after Paula Scher (a very talented designer lady) and everything. Oooh, how flattering!

The birth of print

I watched a compelling programme on BBC Four last night in which Stephen Fry learnt about the Gutenberg printing press, and some very enthusiastic history and carpentry chaps recreated the first press itself. The way this machine was constructed is truly incredible - and the method used to make the twin thread for the screw, ingenious.

Did you see it?! If you missed it on the TV, with the very latest in modern technology, for the next six days you can watch it here on BBC iPlayer. Genius.

Clever Google?

I love checking the statistics for our website.

Okay, I know it doesn’t cast me in the coolest of lights ... but it’s seriously addictive.

We use Google’s Analytics package for web stats and it’s pretty useful - we get up-to-date and fairly detailed information about how many new visitors we have each day, how they find us, whereabouts in the world they are; that sort of thing.

My favourite thing to check up on is the section detailing the words and phrases that people have used to find us through search engines. Mostly it’ll be a string of keywords, but it’s interesting to see that some folk use search terms as if Google has an innate understanding of their actual meaning.

An example: yesterday someone came upon our website by googling the phrase ‘highly creative design agency’.

Whilst (illogically!) being chuffed to have been found through this particular search phrase, it’s bizarre that this person seemed under the impression that Google would sift through millions upon millions of websites, in this case picking out those design agencies it ‘thinks’ of as highly creative, in order to return results which leave out any companies whose work it didn’t really rate!

Still, it did manage to find us, so who knows ...?!

Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2008

I’ve been short-listed for Birmingham Future’s Young Professional of the Year 2008. I’m down to the last three of my category, but we won’t get to know the winner until on the night of the awards which is in May – so keep your fingers crossed for me!