Chat Café

 What’s a ‘Chat Café’?

Any arranged informal pop-up / drop-in / logged-in event where we can chat together over a coffee.

Flyer design (above) by Grant to promote Friday drop-in *’Chat Cafés’ at the MAC Centre, Birmingham, UK. (1993 to 1996)
To view more Grant design projects, visit Projects and Ideas

Chat Café FAQ’s

How could I benefit?
By bringing your thoughts from isolation and into a Chat Café you may clarify your projects’ aims, evolve workable ideas and establish useful people-links – all over an informal cuppa.

What aspects can we discuss?
All chats must be people and project based.

What do I need to bring?
Your project questions.

What’s the principle behind Chat Café and the Penny University?
Chat Cafés promote the principles of the original Penny University and provide a setting where ideas can be shared and built upon. By getting people to think and work together, most projects bear fruit.

What does it cost?
Following on from the tradition of the Penny University of the 1700s, you can still get in for 1p

How long has it been going?
It was started in 1993 by two members of BEAF (Business, Education & Arts Forum)  during their annual meeting at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham,UK.

Are Chat Cafés now international?
They can be on Zoom or Skype – so long as you make your own coffee.

Emojis and Smileys at The HoBB

Once smitten by that certain smiley
You’ll start seeing them everywhere.

Here’s a few … three bubbles, one Poo

In memory of the first smiley T-Shirt we designed with Peter Scott M.A.


Within the Wise

Hidden inside ever simple solution
Is a host of solved problems.

Wisedom arrives after many episodes
Of pained failure.

From my drawing board today, a surprise:

‘Within the Wise’

Ink on paper

w.  420mm  x  h.  297mm

[detail shown, followed by full picture]

Second in ‘Wise’ series.


1st in series: ‘Before the Wise’ [also known as C19 as it was the first drawing to leave my studio at the beginning of the covid 19 lockdown]