Archive for March, 2011

Tick a tick a Timex: It’s the Blockhead watch!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Blockhead watch - box open 3

I was delighted to receive this boxed Blockhead watch recently.

Of course the typogram on the watch face – which emerges at twelve-fifteen and three o’clock – was designed by Barney Bubbles at the behest of the late Ian Dury, who said in Will Birch’s No Sleep Till Canvey Island:

“I phoned him and said, ‘I want a logo. It’s got to be black and white and square’. Then I heard somebody in his office say, ‘Wow’ and he said, ‘I’ve done it’.”


Barney Bubbles in Wonderland

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

In Reasons To Be Cheerful, Stafford Cliff – Barney Bubbles’ colleague in Conran’s design department in the 60s – talks about their participation in an uncompleted film version of Alice In Wonderland.

Now, after 45 years, footage featuring Bubbles and his friends has emerged as the promo video for Balloon Race, a new song by British quartet Bear Driver.