Andrew Travers

Andrew Travers is a designer and researcher. He’s the author of Interviewing for research.

‘I thought about that a lot’

Posted on 31 Dec 2020

I was lucky to be invited by Amy McNichol to contribute to her inspired collection, I thought about that a lot, a kind of advent calendar of pieces reflecting on lockdown and what this oddest of years has meant to us.

My piece was about Birmingham. Sort of.

‘Learning to live in – and with – Birmingham has in part been about constructing my own map of the city. Not the city as it is being imagined by Birmingham’s planners but the parts that have come to have meaning for me. I’ve been open to discovering and experimenting, to slowing down and being surprised.’

Here’s the full piece: In 2020, I thought a lot about how to come to terms with Birmingham (and with myself)

I loved so many of the pieces I read. It’s a really varied collection, from the jokey to the profound. It was endlessly surprising and rewarding. Here are a few favourites:

Thank you Amy!