The HAND.WRITTEN.LETTER.PROJECT was after a conversation about how personal a letter can be:
a fact that is currently drowning in a tide of depersonalisation, with junk mail and automated correspondence.

There is always something nice about receiving a letter, especially these days when email, text, status updates, and tweets, dominate our communication, leaving many to lose sight of the things that have been around for a while (like
ink and paper). However, it is important that they do not.

You’d be forgiven upon digesting the title of ‘HAND.WRITTEN.LETTER.PROJECT’ that it promises nothing other than handwritten ephemera. Speaking elementary this is true, many of the correspondence contained herein is penned by the hand, however thanks to the creative excellence of the respective authors, the letters in this project offer much, much more.

The project extended an invitation to designers and creative thinkers alike to simply write and make known their thoughts posed by this situation: in handwritten form and on their stationery (both of which were seemingly expendable to some, their idea taking preference).

This website showcases some of the correspondence since the projects initiation in 2007, containing the thoughts of some of the biggest and best designers and design studios from the world over.

But the project offers much more than that voyeuristic insight into the creative minds of those we revere, more that it represents a visual narrative on the cultural transition in which we find ourselves. A transition on which your thoughts you are welcome to share, where all you have to do is to pick up that pen...

Yours faithfully, Craig Oldham


00 / Wally Olins
01 / 2022NQ
1-8 June 2012 / Sofia Design Week
5-27 August 2011 / KK OUTLET
Aaron McConkey / Graduate of Northumbria
Adrian Kilby / The Formation
Adrian Shaughnessy / Unit Editions
Alan Dye / NB:Studio
Alan Herron / True North
Amber Smith / Leeds College of Art
Amelia Noble / Kerr | Noble
Andrew Brown / Brass
Andy Lodge / Brahm
Angela Desmarais /
Anys Brown / Best With Tea And Cake
Aziz Cami / The Partners
Ben Stott / Ben Stott
Ben Terrett / The Design Conspiracy
Bob Gill / Bob Gill Inc.
Chris Jackson / Brahm
Chris, James and Stuart / Thoughtful
Corey Holms / Corey Holms
Cris / Architectural Association
Dan Cornell / Bloom Design
Daniel Eatock / Eatock Ltd.
David Caron / Trinity College Dublin
David Clemesha / Clemesha
Denis Kovac / Bunch
Erik Kessels / KesselsKramer
Everyone / Purpose
Geoff Nicol / Navyblue
George Hartley / Lewis Moberly
George Walters / Carnegie Orr
Gillian Sze / Sze
Gina Keech / Landor
Graham Sykes / Creative Cherry
Hamish Makgill / Studio Makgill
Hanne Klintøe / FortyFour
Harry Pearce / Pentagram
Ian Anderson / The Designers Republic
Ian Chilvers / Atelier Works
Ivan Chermayeff / Chermayeff & Geismar
Jamie Ellul (and all) / Magpie Studio
Jessica Duncan / Graduate of Norwich
Jim Sutherland / Hat-Trick
Joe Baker / Student at Falmouth University College
John Chapman / Student at Bath
John Dowling / Dowling Design
John McConnell / John McConnell Design
Jon Wilkins / Naked Comms
Jonathan Ellery / Browns Design
Katie Cook / Dew Gibbons
Kelly Grist / Graduate of Lincoln
Ken Garland / Ken Garland & Associates
Kerena Mann / My Mum
Kevin Lee / Fluid
Kin Bang / Kin Bang
Kristin Collins / Kristin Collins Interior Design
Lionel Hatch / The Chase
Liz Wheeldon-Wyatt / MMU
Luc Benyon / D&AD
Luke Stenzhorn / Dare
Marion Deuchars / c/o Heart Agency
Mark Lester / Mark Studio
Martin Lawless / 300million
Matt Lee / DDB London
Matthew Beardsell / Music
Matthew Haysom / Camber Group
Max Lamb / Max Lamb
Michael Bierut / Pentagram
Michael Courtney / Michael Courtney Design
Michael Johnson / Johnson Banks
Michael Place / Build
Michael Robinson / Agency Republic
Michael Wolff / Michael Wolff & Company
Mike Dempsey / Studio Dempsey
Mike Mara / Graduate of Stockport College
Mike Rigby / Interbrand
Milton Glaser / Milton Glaser Inc.
Nick Asbury / Asbury & Asbury
Oliver Ellis / Four IV
Olivia Senger-Jones / Graduate of Stockport
Paul Belford / This Is Real Art
Phil Bold / GBH Design
Phil Carter / Carter Wong Design
Phil Skegg / LOVE
Philippe Apeloig / Philippe Apeloig Design
Richard Allen / CID Australia
Richard Scholey / Elmwood
Richard Simpson / Elmwood
Robert Joy / Robert Joy
Sam Mallett / Departures
Shelia Bishop / Crooked Letter
Simon Griffin / Various Artists
Simon Waterfall / POKE
Stefan Sagmeister / Sagmeister Inc.
Steve Royle / The Chase
Steven Heller / SVA
Tabitha Wrathall / The Last Post
Tim Beard / Bibliotheque
Tom Geismar / Chermayeff & Giesmar
Tony Brook / Spin
Vince Frost / Frost*
Wally Olins / Olins
Wim Crouwel / Crouwel
Yen Ha / Front Studio

P.S. The details of each contributor are stated within at the time of their contribution.