Interesting stuff about counting

I made my first youtube animated video. You can learn how to count to 12 on your fingers, to 60 and even to over 1000 using the binary system. It explains why we have twenty-fours in a day, sixty minutes in an hour and sixty second in a minute. It all makes perfect sense whenContinue reading “Interesting stuff about counting”

Where do you write?

I am fortunate. After a lifetime of working freelance as an illustrator, graphic designer, copywriter and cartoonist, I have an established working routine and a studio with forty years history embedded in every dust mote – or I did have until we moved house two years ago. I now have a smaller, newer studio, butContinue reading “Where do you write?”

How to act like a human

Everyone human being is made slightly different. Given that there are now over seven billion of us that’s pretty remarkable. It’s also not surprising that some of us malfunction in minor ways. When I was a childI thought everyone else had a sixth sense that I was lacking. As an adult, and after several differentContinue reading “How to act like a human”

The World in AD 2000

This is an essay my father wrote in 1937 about the what he expected the world to be like in the year 2000. I’ve included a transcript for easier reading. The World in AD 2000 – David James Aiken Sixty three years hence? think of sixty three years back! would the average man of eighteenContinue reading “The World in AD 2000”

Mental health awareness

There is a big campaign, with lots of publicity, about speaking out on mental health issues and making it okay to admit to friends and family that you have problems. This is a good initiative but there are a few issues I’ve noticed. Virtue signalling for exposureSome celebrities have hijacked the subject of mental healthContinue reading “Mental health awareness”

Bauhaus legacy

I was extraordinarily lucky to be mentored by George Adams in my first year of studying Art and Design. This was a designer and artist who had studied at the Weimar Bauhaus under Walter Gropius in the early 1920s. Elements of his teachings are still in the forefront of my mind today, over fifty yearsContinue reading “Bauhaus legacy”

I was born in black and white

I am a part of that post war, baby boom, privileged generation – except it wasn’t quite like that for everyone. Silver spoons from which to sup were few and far between in the suburban hinterland between North Kent and London. The most common weed on our pavements was wheat, still trying to break throughContinue reading “I was born in black and white”