Lay down your cloak

Quick plug for my latest project at work. At Lifewords we’ve been working on our latest Easter resource, and this year it’s an eight part online journey through Holy Week, with an animation for each day. The designers are doing a great job with it, and I’d recommend signing up, which you can do here. We’ll send you an email with a link to the first day’s content on monday of Holy Week.

There’s a bunch of other things you might find useful on the main Easter site, including audio and video downloads, ideas, prayers, and you can leave comments and suggestions on the blog.

Helvetica went to see this rather nifty little movie on my way home last night, partly because it tickled my repressed inner geek, but mostly out of curiosity – how do you make a film about something as simple and unassuming as a typeface? And what kind of person would go and see such a film?

Anyway, it was more interesting than you might imagine, a celebration of 50 years of Helvetica, a font that engenders passionate responses from the designers interviewed. Some think it’s perfect, wonderful, the apex of simple legibility. Another declares ‘I am morally opposed to Helvetica’ and goes on the blame the font for the Iraq war, albeit in a tongue in cheek fashion.

Best of all though, it’s one of those movies that changes the way you see things, draws your attention to things normally overlooked. Although it’s about Helvetica, it’s also about global design culture, about the ideology at work behind our visual communication. And that, I find quite fascinating.

Anyway, here’s a sample, and I recommend it. If you’re in London, it’s showing at the ICA until the end of the month.

come and talk with me

I’ve been away with the Lifewords team this past week, shooting a short film called ‘come and talk with me’ up in Northumbria. It’s a reflection on Psalm 27 and hearing God’s voice, using the story of the 7th century hermit St Cuthbert as an example. We’ve not really done this before, so not sure yet how it’s all going to turn out, but it’s been good fun and a real learning experience. I’ll let you know how we get on.