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Author | Alex Bell

Alex Bell
Alex Bell

Alex appreciates good design wherever he finds it – whether in buildings old or new, a piece of furniture, the cover of a book or a sequence of chords.

He will do anything for a dark chocolate digestive, except listen to jazz. When given the choice, it’s half rice, half chips.

3 November 2017

Field Marshal

Alex Bell The quantity of electronic information and complexity of IT systems can quickly combine to overwhelm and befuddle any hardworking professional. Despite most company servers having enormous capacity, individuals’ C drives are packed full of work documents and emails, ‘organised’ into Escher-like folder structures that no-one... Read more

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24 August 2017


Alex Bell When songwriter & producer Brian Wilson played the rest of the Beach Boys the songs that would become the Pet Sounds album, they were distinctly underwhelmed. Brian plugged away at the piano presenting the sketches for each song that would become their classic album –... Read more

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3 July 2017

A new direction | Alex Bell

Alex Bell The story so far… Alex joined DKA in 2002 – the year the Euro was introduced across the 12 EU member states and Gareth Gates’ Unchained Melody topped the charts for a (staggering) 4 weeks. After 6 years at the University of Bath, Alex graduated... Read more

20 July 2016

DKA Presents | by Alex Bell

Alex Bell Every fortnight at DKA we take it in turns to present something design based to the whole team and we’re calling it DKA presents. Presenting to our peers means we get the opportunity to practice our presenting skills and share our passions with our colleagues.... Read more

24 May 2016

Constructing Excellence South West Conference

Alex Bell I guess every industry has its acronyms. At the Bristol Marriott on Friday 21st May the delegates got a goody bag full as the various conference speakers imparted knowledge and wisdom about their selected topic for this year’s Constructing Excellence South West Conference. We were... Read more

22 March 2016

Ecobuild 2016

Alex Bell I am becoming something of an Ecobuild veteran having made the journey to Excel over the past four or five years. It is often a barometer for the industry or trends – remember when PV suppliers took up half of the south hall? The most... Read more

2 February 2016

Keep on ‘in keeping’ on

Alex Bell ‘But is it in keeping?’ Ask any architect – their most hated phrase is probably ‘in keeping’. Two horrid little words customarily trotted out as a reaction to anything new. It implies, why spoil what is here with THAT? To the designer it is an... Read more

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2 October 2015

BBC Three Counties – Tales of the unexpected

Alex Bell When we first met with the Editor of BBC Three Counties Radio we were given our brief in two parts. The first was the technical brief, driven largely by BBC Standards similar across all similar local radio stations. Compliance with this part of the brief... Read more

15 September 2015

Midfield Dynamo – Advice for recent graduates

Alex Bell Creative people have good ideas, but it takes a team of creative people to achieve great things. Neil Armstrong didn’t get to the Moon on his own, and Damien Hirst doesn’t always pickle his own cows. For some people, recognition is their reward. For others... Read more