When printing out the table plan every year for the Podge lunch [for design industry heads] it always gives me a thrill when I have to add the letters CBE, MBE or OBE to the names of the legends I have come to respect over many years.
I am now going to take even more pleasure adding Jonathan Sands to that venerable collection at the 2011 lunch this summer.
I spent five or more years as chairman of The Typographic Circle in the 1990s and know how difficult it is to persuade busy individuals to join committees and give up precious time to organise things for the benefit of the industry. In my experience, it was always the busiest people who made the least fuss, rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in.
I have observed Sands with admiration over many years expanding his business into Australia, America and Singapore, as well as speaking at conferences and helping design bodies.
He is a lovely fellah and it is a well deserved honour. Happy new year.
Phil Jones, Founder, Real Time Consultancy, by e-mail