Monthly Archives: June 2010

Studio Yaacov Kaufman and the Morris memo holder

Morris Memo holder

Morris memo holder

Morris – memo’s best friend…
Say hello to Morris our latest bit of high-tech kit. (Well actually he’s a memo holder – but a really great one). Well done to Studio Yaacov Kaufman for the design! Morris stores your blank notes until you need them and displays them so they can’t be missed. My daughter bought me this one from Utility in Liverpool, (white to match the Mac Mini and Acer screen).

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Whatever happened to… Microsoft Bob

Microsoft Bob study area

Microsoft Bob showing the study area

Released in March 1995, Microsoft Bob was designed as a nontechnical interface for desktop computing. It was also one of Microsoft’s more notable failures.

This is from Wikipedia: The main interface is portrayed as the inside of a house, with different rooms to correspond to common real-world room styles such as kitchen and family room. Each room can contain decorations and furniture, as well as icons that represent applications. Bob offers the user the option of fully customizing the entire house. The user has full control over decorating each room, and can add, remove, or reposition all objects. The user can also add or remove rooms from the house and change the destinations of each door. There is also a feature in which Bob offers multiple themes for room designs and decorations, such as contemporary and postmodern.

Poor Bob received 7th place in PC Word Magazine’s list of the 25 worst products of all time.

Back in those days we had a Gateway Computer with Bob factory installed – my kids loved it!

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‘Odd Stuff’ 1: Football Safety Zone?

Football sign

I'm just not sure why?

I know it’s the World Cup – who doesn’t, but I found this strange. I just walked around the corner from our studio on my way to a site visit in the town centre and came across this sign. We are currently looking at some window signage for a client and I had my camera with me so that I could capture some reference shots of the windows. Apparently, I’m now in a ‘football safety zone’. I’ve no idea what it means or who placed the signs there, but I feel so much safer now, or do I? I’m placing this one in a whole new category ‘Odd Stuff’.


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Walking Through Windows

Noble Women Elizabeth Barratt Browning

A detail from one of the Noble Women windows

As a part of the centenary celebrations for the Lady Chapel, Liverpool Cathedral in partnership with the Everyman and Playhouse are to present an exciting promenade theatre performance, “Walking Through Windows”. The performers are to celebrate the stories of some of the Noble Women of the Lady Chapel windows.

Our design studio (Taylor Simons Design) is very proud to have been asked to design both the programme for the event and a beautifully illustrated book to go on sale this month.  The photographs for the windows used in the book are by Barry Hale and you can check more of his work out here: .

Walking Through Windows: June 29th to July 3rd at Liverpool Cathedral. Tickets for these exclusive performances are £8 from the Everyman and Playhouse box offices in person, on 0151 709 4776 or online at:

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Up and running again

Desk top computer back online

A few days ago we sorted out our domain name move and we finally have our website back, along with our our email. I don’t think we’ll do that again in a hurry.

A big thank you to the guys at MacAce for the helping hand. Now all we have to do is update our own site. We’ve been a little to busy to give it the attention it deserves. But at least now we will have a great deal more control over the site and that’s why we moved the domain in the first place.

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