Poole designer writes codes and puzzles instead of addresses to challenge Royal Mail detectives

VIDEO: Meet James, the graphic designer who writes puzzles for postmen

VIDEO: Meet James, the graphic designer who writes puzzles for postmen

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Poole graphic designer James Addison writes puzzles for postmen. Instead of addresses on letters he creates elaborate codes, pictures and puzzles in a bid to outsmart the Royal Mail's detectives.

The project started as a challenge for Frank, the postman in James' home village in Buckinghamshire, but has spread.

Despite the wide range of puzzles, including some that simply have a picture of the building to deliver the letter too, none of the cryptically addressed missives have ever gone astray.

We'll be talking more to James about his project next week, but for now, watch him explain it in his own words.

 

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6:10pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Dvorak says...

Hmmm I knew a guy at uni who did something similar. The postmen/women just got used to it and knew which address it was. Try it with different addresses, then you'll see if it really works. just a thought. Nice one though...
Hmmm I knew a guy at uni who did something similar. The postmen/women just got used to it and knew which address it was. Try it with different addresses, then you'll see if it really works. just a thought. Nice one though... Dvorak
  • Score: -6

6:12pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Krmgtsm7 says...

So that explains why my offices franked 1st class mail takes 4 working days to be delivered. All the postmen are busy playing Inspector Clouseau!

Saying that, I am impressed that a letter was delivered just with a drawing of the building on it. Well done Mr. Postie :-)
So that explains why my offices franked 1st class mail takes 4 working days to be delivered. All the postmen are busy playing Inspector Clouseau! Saying that, I am impressed that a letter was delivered just with a drawing of the building on it. Well done Mr. Postie :-) Krmgtsm7
  • Score: 13

6:39pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Carolyn43 says...

And postmen in Poole just deliver to an address similar to the first line if the sender gets it wrong or it's incomplete regardless of the postcode. They don't even seem to look at that at the sorting office. I assume they're so under pressure they don't have time to throw them into a bin to be looked at later.
And postmen in Poole just deliver to an address similar to the first line if the sender gets it wrong or it's incomplete regardless of the postcode. They don't even seem to look at that at the sorting office. I assume they're so under pressure they don't have time to throw them into a bin to be looked at later. Carolyn43
  • Score: 3

8:26pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Santa, Greenland.

It always gets there, no need to draw Rudolph on the envelope.
Santa, Greenland. It always gets there, no need to draw Rudolph on the envelope. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -2

8:59pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Vikki27 says...

I really like that! Beautiful artwork and it must make a nice change to the daily routine for the people of Royal Mail. I wish I got a letter that had such beautiful drawings on the envelope!
I really like that! Beautiful artwork and it must make a nice change to the daily routine for the people of Royal Mail. I wish I got a letter that had such beautiful drawings on the envelope! Vikki27
  • Score: 0

11:37pm Wed 16 Jul 14

s-pb2 says...

I thought Frank the Postman was in Bod
I thought Frank the Postman was in Bod s-pb2
  • Score: 3

2:39am Thu 17 Jul 14

MrPitiful says...

Can one of these Royal Mail detectives please investigate with the same degree of tenacity the missing post that never gets delivered to our block of flats?

Here are some clues for you - it always seems to be birthday/xmas cards, bank debit cards, a couple of driving licences and also some small parcels.

Here's another clue - when any of the residents ring up the Post office to query or complain, all knowledge is denied and we are told to start the lengthy process for investigation and/or compensation.
Can one of these Royal Mail detectives please investigate with the same degree of tenacity the missing post that never gets delivered to our block of flats? Here are some clues for you - it always seems to be birthday/xmas cards, bank debit cards, a couple of driving licences and also some small parcels. Here's another clue - when any of the residents ring up the Post office to query or complain, all knowledge is denied and we are told to start the lengthy process for investigation and/or compensation. MrPitiful
  • Score: 6

6:53am Thu 17 Jul 14

Huey says...

MrPitiful wrote:
Can one of these Royal Mail detectives please investigate with the same degree of tenacity the missing post that never gets delivered to our block of flats?

Here are some clues for you - it always seems to be birthday/xmas cards, bank debit cards, a couple of driving licences and also some small parcels.

Here's another clue - when any of the residents ring up the Post office to query or complain, all knowledge is denied and we are told to start the lengthy process for investigation and/or compensation.
I had the same things few years back. What area do you live in?
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: Can one of these Royal Mail detectives please investigate with the same degree of tenacity the missing post that never gets delivered to our block of flats? Here are some clues for you - it always seems to be birthday/xmas cards, bank debit cards, a couple of driving licences and also some small parcels. Here's another clue - when any of the residents ring up the Post office to query or complain, all knowledge is denied and we are told to start the lengthy process for investigation and/or compensation.[/p][/quote]I had the same things few years back. What area do you live in? Huey
  • Score: 6

11:34am Thu 17 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

James Addison you need to get out more, what a sad f****** time waster.
No wonder my post turns up at 3.30 in the afternoon if the postie has to try to decipher this cr*p..........
James Addison you need to get out more, what a sad f****** time waster. No wonder my post turns up at 3.30 in the afternoon if the postie has to try to decipher this cr*p.......... burgerboy
  • Score: 6

12:09pm Thu 17 Jul 14

The Liberal says...

If you ask me, that bloke's got too much time on his hands – cut to clichéd shot of hands gesturing…
If you ask me, that bloke's got too much time on his hands – cut to clichéd shot of hands gesturing… The Liberal
  • Score: 3

12:44pm Thu 17 Jul 14

BoscVegas says...

MrPitiful wrote:
Can one of these Royal Mail detectives please investigate with the same degree of tenacity the missing post that never gets delivered to our block of flats?

Here are some clues for you - it always seems to be birthday/xmas cards, bank debit cards, a couple of driving licences and also some small parcels.

Here's another clue - when any of the residents ring up the Post office to query or complain, all knowledge is denied and we are told to start the lengthy process for investigation and/or compensation.
is it a post room or individual letter boxes for each flat?
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: Can one of these Royal Mail detectives please investigate with the same degree of tenacity the missing post that never gets delivered to our block of flats? Here are some clues for you - it always seems to be birthday/xmas cards, bank debit cards, a couple of driving licences and also some small parcels. Here's another clue - when any of the residents ring up the Post office to query or complain, all knowledge is denied and we are told to start the lengthy process for investigation and/or compensation.[/p][/quote]is it a post room or individual letter boxes for each flat? BoscVegas
  • Score: 3

2:00pm Thu 17 Jul 14

M0Z says...

I might try sending a postcard to “Time Wasting Loser, Poole”.
I might try sending a postcard to “Time Wasting Loser, Poole”. M0Z
  • Score: 2

2:11pm Thu 17 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

M0Z wrote:
I might try sending a postcard to “Time Wasting Loser, Poole”.
And don't put a stamp on it to make him have pay double.....HA HA.
[quote][p][bold]M0Z[/bold] wrote: I might try sending a postcard to “Time Wasting Loser, Poole”.[/p][/quote]And don't put a stamp on it to make him have pay double.....HA HA. burgerboy
  • Score: 2

4:09pm Fri 18 Jul 14

matt68 says...

MrPitiful wrote:
Can one of these Royal Mail detectives please investigate with the same degree of tenacity the missing post that never gets delivered to our block of flats?

Here are some clues for you - it always seems to be birthday/xmas cards, bank debit cards, a couple of driving licences and also some small parcels.

Here's another clue - when any of the residents ring up the Post office to query or complain, all knowledge is denied and we are told to start the lengthy process for investigation and/or compensation.
the postie probably cant get in your flats as the trades bell does not work or no key given to get in
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: Can one of these Royal Mail detectives please investigate with the same degree of tenacity the missing post that never gets delivered to our block of flats? Here are some clues for you - it always seems to be birthday/xmas cards, bank debit cards, a couple of driving licences and also some small parcels. Here's another clue - when any of the residents ring up the Post office to query or complain, all knowledge is denied and we are told to start the lengthy process for investigation and/or compensation.[/p][/quote]the postie probably cant get in your flats as the trades bell does not work or no key given to get in matt68
  • Score: 1

4:11pm Fri 18 Jul 14

matt68 says...

Try doing something usefull like designing a charity card not wasting everyones time with this c**p!
Try doing something usefull like designing a charity card not wasting everyones time with this c**p! matt68
  • Score: 1

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