Progressions and Advancement. But do we have time for reflection?

In today’s modern day life it’s all about progression and advancement.. Innovatively developing ways to break barriers, transgress into the new, but there is something to be said for the timeless beauty of the past… of reflecting and looking how far we have come.

We take a step back in the world of design…




Harland & Wolff Drawing Office, 1912

This photograph shows naval architects and draughtsmen working on ship designs in one of Harland & Wolff’s two Drawing Offices, where the plans for Olympic, Titanic and Britannic were prepared.  Their high barrel ceilings and large windows made maximum use of natural light.

Both of the Drawing Offices have survived to the present day.



Research Design Unit

Founded in London in 1943 (although photo taken early 70’s), The Design Research Unit was the first consultancy in the country to draw together expertise in architecture, graphics and industrial design within a single practice.





Rows of drafts people working in a very bright, clear span studio- (ideally) a North-lit studio, diffused up lighting, any dark corners would typically house AO sized filing cabinets- chair optional but very much frowned upon. These drawing boards are fitted with a drawing arm or drafting machine which later gave way to the parallel motion and adjustable set-square.


We would love to hear from you if you have any thoughts, feelings, memories from your creative history no matter how long or short…



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