Bookworm Medal

‘Lace’ by Shirley Conran

 ‘Lace’ tells the story of the lives of a deep friendship of four girls, -Judy, Maxine, Pagan and Kate- which is later on in the book torn apart. The girls met at boarding school together, and grow up facing many different difficulties through each of their love lives and professional lives.  The book really looks at the typical behaviour of young schoolgirls who discuss their dreams of the future, and when they grow up, realise it’s not as simple as it seems. Each girl is very different in their own way, each with a feisty attitude and driven, making this book very entertaining.

The book is based on the four girls, who are forced to look back on the horrible details of their lives when they are faced with a mistake of the past, which walks into their lives demanding information to which one of the girls is her real mother, Lili. The four girls share a very deep secret, one which is the heart of the book, and when Lili shows up and confronts them with the famous line throughout the book ‘Which one of you bitches is my mother?’. The line immediately captures your attention and you are forced into reading the dirty details this novel gives. Each of the four girls comes across Lili throughout their lives, and each of the girls has a reason to hate her.

Lili is very different to the four girls- Judy, Maxine, Pagan and Kate are very elegant, sophisticated and successful women who were brought up with money.  Lili, leads a tragic upbringing of being adopted by a family who was looking more for a carer than a daughter, and was offered an escape by a man called Serge. Serge treated Lili well, lavished her with money so that she would stay with him and keep making him money as he realised Lili would one day become very successful, and exploits her so he doesn’t lose his chance in a share of the money. I feel Lili’s character is portrayed around the question ‘who is her mother?’ which on her journey to find nearly destroys her.

Lili looks back to the past to find out details of her mother, and narrows it down to the 4 school friends, and at the end of the book brings them together for an explosive end to the novel where she is told the truth.

BOOKWORM MEDAL “The arrival” by Shaun Tan

Not really a fan of reading??? I have something for you! =)

Here is the most amazing wordless graphic novel I have seen in my life.THE ARRIVAL.

The arrival is about a man who leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family. Shaun Tan captures the immigrant experience through clear, hypnotic images; all its pages are filled with complicated and detailed artwork.

It is a shockingly imaginative novel that captures the sense of adventure and wonder that surrounds a new arrival on the shores of a shining new city.

“An absolute wonder.  It’s not often you see art of this quality, or a book that’s so brave.” – Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis



BOOKWORM MEDAL “100 Things Every Designer Needs To Know About People”, by Susan Weinschenk.”

“Designing without understanding what makes people act the way they do is like exploring a new city without a map”

This book is an indispensable one not only for those that are starting out their careers but to any designer.

This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With it you’ll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that matches the way people think, work, and play.

The book is about very important topics that every designer should know. It talks about ways to increase the effectiveness, and usability of your own design projects by finding the answers to questions such as:

  • What grabs and holds attention on a page or screen?
  • What makes memories stick?
  • How can you predict the types of errors that people will make?
  • What is the limit to someone’s social circle?
  • How do you motivate people to continue on to the next step?

I’m reading it atm, I will tell you more later …

BOOKWORM MEDAL “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” Betty Edwards


Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards is based on the idea that the left and right hemispheres of the brain process information in very different ways. While this theory has become somewhat outmoded, it is still a useful model to explain the way we function.

In essence, the ‘left brain’ is logical, rational using words to describe concepts and able to manipulate abstract ideas, numbers and the concept of time.

The ‘right brain’, in contrast, takes a whole approach, sensing relationships and patterns, tends to be intuitive and irrational, and has no sense of time.

The book includes many drawing exercises, including ‘upside down drawing’, ‘blind contour’ and ‘modified contour’ sketch to train your brain!!

here is a link to a free download 🙂

Prototype (2)



A big problem for outdoor workers is over exposure to the sun which can lead to skin cancer. The main way to prevent this is to apply sun cream but it is easily forgotten, especially when it is not warm, as is often the case in scotland. We came up with a watch that is inbuilt with solar panels which detects when the worker has been overexposed to the sun and flashes red and vibrates to tell the worker to apply suncream.