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'Have nothing in your houses that you do not believe to be beautiful’

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 | By Matilda Bathurst

A new exhibition at the William Morris Gallery showcases work from the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

Erdem Autumn/Winter 2008

Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950

Tue, 17 Apr 2012 | By Kate Lloyd

The best in British ballgown design - coming soon to the V&A.

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Conference of the Birds

Tue, 17 Apr 2012 | By Emily Gosling

The Conference of the Birds is a  beautiful graphic novel that places a 12th Century Persian epic poem firmly into the 21st Century.

Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want

Kent Lyons designs song lyric posters

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 | By Tom Banks

Charity posters reimagine songs about change.

Sarah May

Northern Arts Uncovered

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 | By Kate Lloyd

A new event focused on art and design in Leeds.

Lettering

Beauty in the Making

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 | By Emily Gosling

A celebration of design and paper from GF Smith.

The Olympic Stadium, by Populous

Olympic design

Fri, 13 Apr 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Getting under the skin of some iconic Olympics projects.

Maria Karillna for ExhibitME

Things We Like

Fri, 13 Apr 2012

Our weekly round-up of things we like on the Design Week news desk.

A Dream, Elizabeth Willow

For the Love of Books

Fri, 13 Apr 2012 | By Kate Lloyd

A new show treats books as a work of art.

V&A sound artist in residence Jason Singh

V&A announces sound design programme

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 | By Tom Banks

The Victoria and Albert museum has announced a hefty sound design programme, with ‘show and tells’ from sound designers as part of its Digital Design Drop In, and a sound design workshop with its sound artist in residence Jason Singh.

Illustrator CM Carter

Look Like Love

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Irked by the lack of support available to graduates, chums Kate Brewer and Eden Asfaha decided to take matters into their own hands, creating the cute, alliterative Look Like Love initiative.

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Secret Posters

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 | By Kate Lloyd

It seems nobody’s saying who designed what anymore; the Royal College of Art sells secret postcards and Universal Records is selling secret vinyl, now St Martins students are selling secret posters.

Textile

Southbank Centre to focus on contemporary Indian design

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 | By Tom Banks

The Southbank Centre is putting Indian design high on the agenda of its Alchemy Festival of South Asian Culture this month.

Nature is Life. Look After It, Alison Turnbull 2010

Blue footed boobies and hammerhead sharks: Galápagos-inspired artwork

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 | By Kate Lloyd

In 1859 the Galápagos Islands inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Now they’ve inspired Marcus Coates to dress as a blue-footed booby bird to observe human behaviour.

Steve Osborne

How digital technology and packaging build brand experience

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 | By Osborne Pike co-founder Steve Osborne

Osborne Pike’s Steve Osborne looks at how packaging can harness new technologies.

Camille, by Malou Velomme

21st-century type

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

An exhibition opening at Stationers’ Hall in London next month will look at the current state of type design.

David Korty Gas Pump, 2010

Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Next week sees the opening of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts, an 18-day celebration of art that curators say focuses on ‘the real, the physical and the very tangible.’

flying fox

Secret 7 Inch

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 | By Kate Lloyd

Can you guess the designer behind the record sleeves in this charity show?

Greg Rutherford and James Dawe

Nike brings athletes and designers together for Boxpark exhibition

Thu, 5 Apr 2012 | By Tom Banks

Nike has paired 11 UK athletes including Mo Farah and Perri Shakes-Drayton with East London artists including Lucas Dillon and Matthew Bromley for an exhibition this evening at retail development Boxpark.

Titanic Belfast, by Eric Kuhne and Associates and Event Communications

Designing for landmark events

Thu, 5 Apr 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Anniversaries and set-piece events present opportunities for designers.

Sir Peter Blake for Vintage

Things We Like

Thu, 5 Apr 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Our weekly round-up of things we like on the Design Week news desk.

Katy Bednarz

Some Think Funky creates Something from Nothing

Wed, 4 Apr 2012 | By Tom Banks

The recently formed and rapidly expanding Some Think Funky collective is bringing a cavalcade of Brighton-based designers to London for its second exhibition Something From Nothing.

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It's Dark in London

Wed, 4 Apr 2012 | By Emily Gosling

‘Here we see a city of looming towers, shadowy embankment and subterranean sleaze; of public bars and private vices; of huckster artists, strippers, vandals, thugs and addicts.’

Will Aslett

Did you hear about the midnight dabbler?

Wed, 4 Apr 2012 | By Will Aslett, MRM Meteorite digital creative

MRM Meteorite digital creative Will Aslett on having a creative outlet.

Colors Happiness cover

Benetton’s survival guides

Tue, 3 Apr 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Benetton is holding an exhibition at London’s Design Museum and silmultaneous shows across its London, Milan, Barcelona and Paris stores inspired by the its recent Colors magazine trilogy.

David Batchelor, Angular 1

Brighton's House festival returns

Tue, 3 Apr 2012 | By Kate Lloyd

Wallpapered roads, immersive installations, and political statements written in carpet: the streets of Brighton are about to become a lot brighter as visual arts festival House returns.

Harry Malt

Bare Bones

Tue, 3 Apr 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Waging war against the ‘facile and pointless’, publication Bare Bones is an unflinching upholder of rawness, creativity, experimentation and the notion of the free press.

David Bailey, Untitled, 1986

Create 2012

Mon, 2 Apr 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Arts organisation Create - part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad - has announced its summer programme, featuring works from David Bailey, Something & Son, Dominic Wilcox and Jeremy Deller.

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The Wolf Man - a Freudian graphic novel

Mon, 2 Apr 2012

While Freud is often seen as the preserve of psychotherapists, literary critics, the tongue-tied or the dinner party bore, a new book also extends its reach into the realm of the graphic novel.

Furie, Pam Glew

Things We Like Video

Fri, 30 Mar 2012

Our weekly round-up of things we like on the Design Week news desk.

Poster

The end of the world as we know it?

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

We don’t mean to panic you - but on 21 December this year, the earth is due to undergo some serious changes. Namely, some cataclysmic and transformative events, which may well signal the end of the world.

Angus

Where are all the women in design?

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Where are all the women in design? The question has been a hot topic in over the past couple of weeks.

The Greatest Curiosities of the Human Body, Project Info: Mundo Estranho, magazine article, 2008, Brazil Research: Fabio Volpe, Yuri Vasconscelos Design: Alessandra Kalko, Illustration: Gabriel Silveira

Information Graphics

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 | By Tom Banks

The infographic is, as this book explains, a mode of communication universally loved by newspaper and magazine art directors, data analysts and the ancient Egyptians. 

"Even to spark out now would be no pain", poster promoting the "Anti-Art Fair" with a portrait of Trojan . Designed by John Maybury, 1986

British Design from 1948: Innovation in the Modern Age at the V&A

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Yesterday saw the opening on the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition British Design from 1948: Innovation in the Modern Age - a cornucopia of the best of British design from the ‘austerity games’ of 1948 to the present day.

Emily Penny

Why we need brand personality in retail

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 | By Emily Penny, brand planner at Together Design

Together Design’s Emily Penny on the importance of brand personality in retail.

Linder Sterling, Untitled collage 1977

Art at Latitude Festival 2012

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Now in its third year, Latitude Festival’s Contemporary Art prize is back with what’s set to be a dazzling woodland exhibition of nominated works from Linder Sterling, Tom Dale, Andy Holden, George Young and Lisa Peachey.

Anthropologie, by Gort Scott

Architects decorate Regent Street shop windows

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Architects are creating window installations for nine shops on London’s Regent Street as part of this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects Regent Street Windows Project.

Kuedo Severant by Anna Higgie

Jamaica Street Artists Collective announces open studio weekend

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 | By Tom Banks

Bristol’s Jamaica Street Artists collective - which comprises 42 artists - is preparing to host its annual Open Studios event to share the work of editorial, comic book, children’s book, animation and conceptual illustrators.

Awards

Full Design Week Awards judging panel unveiled

Tue, 27 Mar 2012

The full judging panel for this year’s Design Week Awards has been named.

Wet torso

Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Nakedness is almost always an excellent idea.Cleanliness is next to impossible (but keep trying anyway)

Studio Output partner Rob Coke

Studio Output's Rob Coke asks - does the budget really offer incentives for smaller design consultancies?

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 | By Studio Output partner Rob Coke

A guest blog from Studio Output partner Rob Coke on the impact of the budget on smaller design consultancies.

Identity and illustration by Olly Gibbs

Museum of London youth panel commissions Olly Gibbs to work on Roman exhibition

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 | By Tom Banks

As the Museum of London awaits an overhaul of its Roman Galleries - a project expected to take some years – its youth panel, Junction, will oversee the gallery’s short term curation.

Alan Parker

The real story of Ad Men

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

In advance of the fifth series of Mad Men (which airs on Tuesday night, Don Draper fans) Sky Atlantic is telling the real-life story of British advertising from the 1960s to the ‘80s in hour-long documentary Ad Men.

The Buzcocks - Orgasm Addict, designed by Malcolm Garrett

Malcolm Garrett and Kate Moross discuss Music x The Graphic Arts

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Bands, artists and record labels - as we’re sure you don’t need us to point out - are frequently as recognisable for their graphics and record sleeves as for the music they release.

Photography by Simon Mackinlay from UCLA

Free Range graduate show set to return

Fri, 23 Mar 2012 | By Tom Banks

Graduate design beacon Free Range returns to the capital in May showcasing the talents of fifty UK universities and art colleges.

Roee Rosen LDEB number 69 2012

Things We Like Video

Fri, 23 Mar 2012

Our weekly round-up of things we like on the Design Week news desk.

NSK

Neue Slowenische Kunst is coming to London

Fri, 23 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Hugely influential Balkan 20th Century art movement Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) has amassed an art community encompassing over 14000 citizens world wide - yet somehow it has, for most of us, quietly slipped beneath the radar in  the UK.

ROA: Hypnagogia

Street artist ROA heads to London for book launch and exhibition

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 | By Tom Banks

Belgian street artist ROA’s towering monochrome animal murals have become a regular sight in many cities.

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Happy 30th Birthday Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

A 30th birthday can often be marked with a painful wrench that time has flown - you’re not as young as you once were - which even a valiant repetition that  of the mantra that ‘30 is the new 20’, or ’40 is the new 30’ can’t shake.

Beck Pocket Underground map 1933

Mind the Map

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Where would we be without maps? Lost, probably - particularly when it comes to navigating the labyrinthine London transport system.

Outside In collection

Sustainable furniture designer Parnell announces new show

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 | By Tom Banks

‘I create a demand from unwanted supply’ says Nic Parnell, a sustainable furniture designer whose only concession to the scruples of upcycling is using new nylon flock and lacquer.

Edward Burtynsky Highway #1, Intersection 105 and 110, Los Angeles, California, USA 2003

Photographer's Gallery's new home's opening festivities

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

The new Photographer’s Gallery in London is set to open the doors to its new home in May, and its naissance will be accompanied by a jam-packed schedule of talks, events and two wonderful opening shows.

Andrew Kotting and Iain Sinclair, Swandown

Abandon Normal Devices

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Hitting the North hard this summer is Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival - a series of events across disciplines including film, digital, art and design that aim to ‘challenge our way of thinking.’

The range

Art & Sole collaborates with Nike on Cortez project

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 | By Tom Banks

Book and blog Art & Sole - run by purveyors of sneaker culture and graphic designers Intercity – has shoe-horned the creative talents of artists including Rose Stallard and Matthew Nicholson into the NikeiD Studio shop in the Boxpark shopping mall, East London.

TiLEzone

TileZone Conference is coming to London

Tue, 20 Mar 2012

This week sees the TileZone conference holding its seventh annual event in London - exploring how design can best be utilised in the world of leisure and tourism, and how the recession and emerging markets can offer a wealth of opportunities for UK exhibition designers and project managers.

Bennett Miller, Dachshund UN

Fierce Festival 2012

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

There aren’t many festivals where it doesn’t raise an eyebrow that one of the line-up highlights is set to be a full reconstruction of the United Nations Congress, where each delegate is represented by a dachshund.

Joan Miro, Project for a Monument, 1979

Joan Miró 'destroys painting' in Yorkshire Sculpture Park show

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

‘May my sculptures be confused with elements of nature, tree, rocks, roots, mountains, plants, flowers’, quipped Catalan artist Joan Miró, in the manner of, say, a Romantic-era poet, or a man who feels much of the world may be drifting in lysergic reveries.

Working across the grid

Experiments in analogue and digital in The Frontroom

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 | By Tom Banks

Illustrators Jack Featherstone and Max Parsons are taking Template, a new site specific work, to The Frontroom Gallery in Cambridge where they’ve experimented with analogue and digital processes.

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That's a Wrap

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Reusing and recycling is being reimagined in a whole new deliciously aesthetically pleasing way by Wrap magazine - which celebrated its fourth issue release last week.

Angus

Editorial - Making it easier to break into the industry

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Last summer, as news was breaking that universities would be able to charge up to £9000 per year in tuition fees, I remember discussing with colleagues a follow-up piece that would look at alternative routes into the design industry for people who were unable to afford to pay for a degree course.

Jane Trustram

Jotta’s design director Jane Trustram on the Redesigning Graphic Design Education

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 | By Jane Trustram, Jotta design director

Jotta’s design director Jane Trustram guest blogs on the Redesigning [Graphic] Design Education conference held this week by Lost in the Forest Institute and Derby University, which examined the future of graphic design education.

1001 TV Sets (End Piece) 1972 - 2012 , David Hall

Things We Like

Fri, 16 Mar 2012

Our weekly round-up of things we like on the Design Week news desk.

Character portrait

Satirist George Grosz hailed in new Hayward Touring exhibition

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 | By Tom Banks

George Grosz: The Big No, a Hayward Touring exhibition is being billed as a celebration of the artist, who in the 1920s ‘made hundreds of drawings depicting the vices and injustices of a society on the brink of economic and moral collapse.’

b House, by Joe Akers Coyle

Designing for the birds and bees

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Designs for urban bee hives, bat boxes and bird boxes are going on show in London as part of a project that aims to provide wildlife habitats in the capital.

Day, Olive Caylx

Designing Women

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

A show opening at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum this week celebrates the trio of women who pioneered post-war British textile design - Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler.

Alan Turing 29 March 1951 (NPL Archive Science Museum)

Alan Turing commemorated by Science Museum

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 | By Tom Banks

Alan Turing, the scientist credited with a string of computing firsts, including the invention of the Bombe machines which broke German Enigma codes in WWII, is to be celebrated in a new Science Museum exhibition designed by Nissen Richards.

Margaret Huber

Drawings in progress

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

The Working Drawings show, which opens next week, showcases the doodlings and scribblings of designers including Abram Games, Ken Garland and Milton Glaser.

Asparagus, Suzan Pitt 1978

Flatpack Festival 2012

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Misspent youth, vampire motorcycles and attic explorations will all be making an appearance at this year’s Flatpack film Festival, which opens across various Birmingham locations today.

Dog Ear front

Fallon designers produce bookmark magazine

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 | By Tom Banks

A bookmark, crammed with tiny poems, witticisms, illustrations and general literary ephemera, written perhaps by the very people who pick them up. Why has no one thought of it before?

Carbon Chair

Are these chairs making you hungry?

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

A new show at London’s Viaduct furniture showroom aims to examine the relationship between food and design by tasking three top chefs to devise a series of menus in response to 15 chair designs.

Tracey Emin, Trust Me 2011

The Crisis Commission

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Isolation, security and space - themes often explored by artists- are being given a newly poignant context in The Crisis Commission art show opening today at Somerset house, which has seen prominent contemporary artists creating new works in response to the issues surrounding homelessness.

Making Magazines

Making Magazines

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Editorial design gurus Jeremy Leslie of Magculture and Simon Esterson of Eye are organising new one-day conference Making Magazines, which is being held on Friday.

Monki Carnaby Street

The story of London’s Monki store

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Back in November, we reported on the imminent arrival of Swedish fashion brand Monki to London’s Carnaby Street. Now, the store has flung open its phantasmagorical doors, with an interior concept based on the idea of 12 cute, demonic and ugly imaginary Monki critters, created by Swedish graphic design company Vär.

Jack O'Hern

How to increase the value of your consultancy

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 | By Jonathan Kirk and Jack O'Hern

If you’re thinking of one day selling your consultancy, or just want to plan for the future, Jonathan Kirk and Jack O’Hern offer advice on making your business more valuable.

Angus

Editorial - the rebirth of Hidden Art

Fri, 9 Mar 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Challenging economic situations demand creative responses, so hats off to Hidden Art, which has found a way to keep itself going after almost being forced into closure at the end of last year.

Awards

Join us at the Design Week Awards

Fri, 9 Mar 2012

Come and join us at the 2012 Design Week Awards night - to be held on 13 June.

Middle Boop

Things We Like

Fri, 9 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Our weekly round-up of things we like here at Design Week.

Discussions at Designer Breakfasts past

Designer Breakfasts are back

Thu, 8 Mar 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

The Designer Breakfasts series of talks is returning for 2012 at a new venue - the Design Museum in London.

We Love Design

Bristol's Five Days of Design

Thu, 8 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

This month will see the launch of the inaugural Bristol Design Week  - Five Days of Design.

cover image

British Posters: Advertising, Art and Activism

Thu, 8 Mar 2012

Although it goes without saying that in an age driven by digital, the role of the poster is rapidly changing, British Posters: Advertising, Art and Activism demonstrates the enduring importance of posters as a hugely powerful medium.

GSF

Brody’s Fuse back-catalogue to be republished

Wed, 7 Mar 2012 | By Tom Banks

Neville Brody’s experimental type publication Fuse is celebrating its twentieth edition with a retrospective tome combining all the issues going back to its first in 1991.

The Annihilating Angel

Paul Schütze’s multi-sensory Air into Light

Wed, 7 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

While much of his work is, indeed, smoke and mirrors, the stunning photographic prints of composer-cum-artist Paul Schütze also take in skulls, typewriters, frozen ink and dissolving flowers.

Nick and Nicola

Don't start a design company, start a designed company

Wed, 7 Mar 2012 | By Nick Marsh and Nicola Sherry

Nick Marsh and Nicola Sherry, of Sidekick Studios, talk about what designers can bring to start-up companies.

Kenneth Grange

Kenneth Grange and David Adjaye on collaboration

Tue, 6 Mar 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

The Society for Environmental Graphic Design is bringing an impressive host of speakers to London for its 2012 International Symposium.

Will Aslett

Discipline my disciplines: guest blog from MRM Meteorite's Will Aslett

Tue, 6 Mar 2012 | By Will Aslett, MRM Meteorite digital creative

MRM Meteorite digital creative Will Aslett on how to manage your skills.

Graphic Thought Facility for Gagosian

Graphic Thought Facility Lecture

Tue, 6 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Back in January, Laurence King Publishers hosted a lecture by Thomas Heatherwick, and now, in the second of the series, Graphic Thought Facility will be sharing their knowledge with a design-hungry audience.

No Vacancy spread

Mercy’s Young Pines collective announces No Vacancy show

Mon, 5 Mar 2012 | By Tom Banks

There has been an unspecified natural disaster and you, one of many survivors, have been crammed into a rather crowded hotel, where the effects of overpopulation are being brought to light.

the UK finalists

Duvel beer glassware design competition winners announced

Mon, 5 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Back in November, Belgian beer brand Duvel launched a competition across the UK, France, The Netherlands and Belgium to create a design for its curvy signature glasses.

sketchbook

The Ruel Deal

Mon, 5 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

‘My sketchbooks have become a valuable tool for me, a place where I can retreat to and in what might in fact be the only conclusive proof that I have actually existed’, says illustrator Stuart Ruel.

Learn Something Every Day

Things We Like Video

Mon, 5 Mar 2012

Our weekly round-up of things we like on the Design Week news desk.

Angus

Editorial - the design education battle still needs to be fought

Fri, 2 Mar 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

The coalition Government made a rare step in the right direction in its approach to design and design education this week.

Richard Newland

How to succeed in retail design - the client’s view

Fri, 2 Mar 2012 | By Richard Newland

Richard Newland, former global head of design and development at HSBC, looks at how consultancies can stand out to clients in the fast-changing retail world.

Fasut 2012, by Hannah Simpson

Print on the edge

Thu, 1 Mar 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

An upcoming show by Kingston University students looks at the changing role of print in design.

NAN GOLDIN, David by the Pool at the Back Room, Provincetown, 1976, 1976

Talk About Contemporary Photography

Thu, 1 Mar 2012 | By Emily Gosling

What links a man incarcerating himself in a student locker for five days; and a Selfridges ad campaign?

Zoe Leonard: Observation Point

Zoe Leonard: Observation Point

Thu, 1 Mar 2012 | By Tom Banks

Somewhere between illusion and perception lies the camera obscura, a beguiling phenomenon which can be traced to around 450BC, predating the camera by some way, and probably passing for witchcraft for most of that time.

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Lufthansa and graphic design

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Lufthansa and Graphic Design, a new title from Swiss publisher Lars Müller looks at the graphic design history of German national airline Lufthansa, from its beginnings in the 1920s right up until the present day.

Stills from film

Mr Gresty on film Video

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 | By Tom Banks

When designer Mr Gresty takes his latest show to the Hackney Picturehouse next week, he’ll also be committed to celluloid.

Swan Lake front cover

No Brow's Brilliant New Books

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 | By Emily Gosling

While many profess to ‘lol’, when we imagine they probably aren’t - we did, yes, literally laugh at loud on reading the marvellous new comic from publishers No Brow, Leeroy and Popo.

Cover

21 designers for the 21st century

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Book 21/Twenty One looks at the careers so far of 21 designers working in Britain who have come to prominence since the millennium.

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'The most glamourous flea market' comes to Soho

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 | By Emily Gosling

This May will see the grand unveiling of the one-day City Showcase: Soho Flea Market in Dean Street, London, showcasing the work of emerging design and art talent over about 80 stalls - what we’re promised will be the ‘most glamourous’ Flea Market you’ve ever seen.

Butterkist

Do we have to have a heart?

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 | By Guy Douglass, Brand On Shelf managing director

Brand On Shelf managing director Guy Douglass looks at the role of the heart motif in branding, following Yeo Valley’s new identity.

A beefeater

An Alphabet of London

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 | By Tom Banks

‘Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford,’ wrote Samuel Johnson in 1777.

Pure Evil

Rip it up and start again Video

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

In preparation for his new show at London’s Boxpark, street artist Pure Evil has torn up his work.

Damien Hirst?Altar from Sanctum 2009

Printed Matter

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 | By Emily Gosling

While Hirst, Chapman and Perry may initially make us think formaldehyde, prosthetic genitals and subversive pottery; a new show opening at London’s Eleven gallery in March will show that there’s another, more two-dimensional side to these figures.

Between 2 Suns by Adham Faramawy

Royal Academy reveals Premium Interim Projects

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 | By Tom Banks

The Royal Academy is to open its doors to the public for a peek at the students’ work

Angus

Editorial - The story behind the Boris bus

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Heatherwick Studio’s new bus for London is finally set to launch, after what’s been a pretty haphazard commissioning journey.

Emma Hart for Tomorrow Never Knows

Things We Like

Fri, 24 Feb 2012

Our weekly round-up of things we like on the Design Week news desk.

Verso chair fight

MARK furniture and Kvadrat to reveal secrets

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 | By Tom Banks

Cornish furniture brand MARK has teamed up with Danish textile company Kvadrat – no stranger to collaboration - for an exhibition on the making process of furniture.

Gary Webb's piece

Frieze Projects East and Create to take over Olympic east London

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Arts organisation Create - part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad - has commissioned Frieze to take on its first ever project outside the annual art fair in Regents Park for the Frieze Projects East, which will see installations including a swimming pool filled with inflatable sculptures and a series of graphic narrative billboards taking over east London this summer.

China 2010

Broken Fingaz Crew is coming to London

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Israeli street-art troupe Broken Fingaz Crew began working in 2001 in the port of Haifa, and in a few months, the crew will be descending on London for a show at east London’s shop 13 at the Old Truman Brewery.

Ali Esayed, Jason Campbell, Olutobi Lawal and Trevan Gibbs, from Walworth Academy

South London schoolchildren win Design Museum Prize

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

A team of pupils from Walworth Academy, Southwark, have won this year’s Design Museum Design Ventura award, for their game Slick Shooter.

Michelle Turton

Pointe Blank

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 | By Emily Gosling

June last year saw Birmingham Royal Ballet hosting a collection of beautiful designs based on the ballet Coppélia, and now the company is hosting another crop of dance-inspired artworks.

Forgetful

The Design Week Awards entry deadline is fast approaching

Wed, 22 Feb 2012

The entry deadline for this year’s Design Week Awards is midnight on Thursday 23 February - so hurry if you want to get your entries in.

Extract from Ben Findlay's display

UCA students work with United Colours of Benetton

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 | By Tom Banks

United Colours of Benetton has turned to the University of The Creative Arts for a global digital window display project.

Money by Martin Amis, designed by Saatchi  Saatchi

Designer book covers

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

To mark the upcoming British Design exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Vintage Classics imprint has brought in a host of Great British designers to create new covers for some Great British novels.

Hemali Bhuta, Stepping Down

Lines of Thought

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 | By Emily Gosling

A series of installations, photographs and other artworks that explore the use of line are going on show at east London’s Parasol Unit next week, exploring how the meaning and use of line varies from artist to artist and generation to generation.

Occasional Table by Bolier

London Design Week 2012

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 | By Tom Banks

Interiors event London Design Week returns next month with headline speakers including interior consultant David Rockwell.

Paul Davis

These drawings were sent to walk amongst you

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

‘I have never found my voice’, says artist Paul Davis, ‘That’s the beauty of it, you never do - it’s an impossibility as an artist.’

Dominic Owen

Pop-Up Prints

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 | By Emily Gosling

This weekend sees the opening Pop-Up Prints, of a show of beautiful print works all being sold to raise money for the charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

Julian Wakeling

Open air street gallery

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 | By Tom Banks

Under an open sky, fully exposed to the elements, London’s Mortimer Street will become a 114m photography gallery next week.

 Mondrian  Composition C (No III) with Red Yellow and Blue 1935

Things We Like Video

Fri, 17 Feb 2012

Our weekly round-up of thing we like on the Design Week news desk.

Angus

Editorial - A design that’s changed laws in 17 countries? Now that’s effective

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

There were some great examples of the power of design last week at the Design Business Association’s Design Effectiveness Awards - as you might expect.

A Table

Bergne the dinner

Thu, 16 Feb 2012 | By Tom Banks

Designer Sebastian Bergne is throwing a dinner party where 15 years worth of table-wear will be used for its designed purpose.

Benjamin Shine

A cracking project

Thu, 16 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Egg-cellent news for egg-lovers - Fabergé is hosting an egg-straordinary egg-stravaganza of an egg-hunt on the streets of London later this month, and they’re not even yolking.

mock-up ArtBox by the SML production team

BT ArtBox calls on designers for a London-wide phonebox installation

Thu, 16 Feb 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Few things quite say ‘Britishness’ like the iconic red telephone boxes designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, and these bastions of pre-mobile phone era communication are now to become the heroes of a London-wide installation, helped along by designers and artists including Malcolm Garrett and Turner Prize-winner Keith Tyson.

The Opposite of All Things and Kind Wise and Loving

Kites swoop into The Public gallery

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 | By Tom Banks

Taking inspiration from geometric rock forms found in the US desert town of Quartzsite, Arizona, artists Heather and Ivan Morison have designed a pair of kite structures for West Bromwich based gallery The Public as part of its Art of Architecture season.

Finmar. Design by Richard Hollis. 1962

The wonderful work of Richard Hollis

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

An upcoming London show dips into the archive of graphic designer Richard Hollis, to create an exhibition dedicated to four decades of his practice.

Skull, Hormazd Narielwalla

Dead men's tailoring as art with Sheridan & Co

Wed, 15 Feb 2012

It’s a sobering thought to think about what will be left behind after we die. Fond memories of us perhaps? An unwashed mug in the sink? For those wealthy and sartorial enough there are also the bespoke tailoring patterns used to make suits, something artist Hormazd Narielwalla uses as the rather eerie inspiration for his work.

Tom Dorresteijn speaking at last year's event

Manchester Design Symposium returns

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

The Manchester Design Symposium is set to return next month for its second outing, and although the organisers haven’t yet released the full line up, they’ve revealed to Design Week that among the speakers will be Adrian Shaughnessy and Morag Myerscough.

Ron Arad

Design Week talks to multidisciplinary designer Ron Arad

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Big or small; practical or impractical; art or design or architecture - there are few things multidisciplinary hat-sporting designer Ron Arad won’t turn his hand to. To slip into a (very accurate) cliché, Arad is a primary example of a designer who deftly defies categorisation.

Red Ball in Barcelona

Red Ball Project gives you wings

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 | By Tom Banks

With interaction  and imagination at heart, the Red Ball Project is public art at its most playful.

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Back to Basics flyers

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

A stalwart of the Leeds club scene for 20 years, iconic house night Back To Basics is renowned for both its music and its flyer artwork - a familiar sight around the city.

Word to Mother, Love at Stolenspace

Valentine's Day round-up

Mon, 13 Feb 2012

In case you haven’t noticed - or are wilfully ignoring it - today is Valentine’s Day, so if you’re in need of inspiration, here’s our Valentine’s design round-up.

Design Week Awards entry deadline extended to 23 February

Mon, 13 Feb 2012

The entry deadline for this year’s Design Week Awards has been extended to midnight on 23 February, so there’s still time to get your entries in.

John Pawson, Bangkok

Things We Like

Fri, 10 Feb 2012

Our weekly round-up of things we like on the Design Week news desk.

Marmite

Monsters and Marmite - an interview with Pete Fowler

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Today sees the launch of three Valentine e-cards for Marmite, created by ‘monsterist’ (and illustrator, painter, musician, iPad doodler and producer) Pete Fowler. We caught up with him to chat monsters, psychedelia, iPads and, of course, Marmite.

Thirty One, designed by Love with Peter Saville

Love and Peter Saville work on new charity album

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 | By Tom Banks

Manchester based consultancy Love has collaborated with Peter Saville on the artwork for a new charity album, Thirty One, which features music created in Manchester.

Page from Semantic Divertissements by Themerson & Themerson, Gaberboccus Press, 1962

ICA presents talks inspired by The Themersons

Thu, 9 Feb 2012 | By Tom Banks

The Institute of Contemporary Art will present a day of talks to support its new exhibition The Themersons & Gaberbocchus Press

Shift

Max Hattler’s apocalyptic shift Video

Thu, 9 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

For his first London solo show, moving image artist Max Hattler is transforming the basement of the Tenderpixel gallery into what the gallery says is his ‘cinematic interpretation of an apocalyptic shift’.

Un-painting (Camel on boat), Marc Bowditch

Works on Paper at EB&Flow

Thu, 9 Feb 2012

Paper is at the centre of a group show opening today at east London’s EB&Flow Gallery, looking at the material’s use as medium, surface and as a tool in preparatory studies.

Aalto vase

Design Week visits World Design Capital Helsinki 2012

Wed, 8 Feb 2012 | By Tom Banks

As Design Week approaches Finland for The World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 Open Doors Weekend, the first thing we notice is a frozen sea, flanking the peninsula.

Memo pad

Muji’s product fitness

Wed, 8 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Japanese brand Muji is to hold an exhibition at the Design Museum next month, which it says will highlight its ‘less is more’ approach to packaging and design.

Will Aslett

Stop thinking, start doing: guest blog from MRM Meteorite's Will Aslett

Wed, 8 Feb 2012 | By Will Aslett, MRM Meteorite digital creative

MRM Meteorite digital creative Will Aslett on the importance of creatives getting their hands dirty.

Mat Hunter chief design officer Design Council

Designing our future - a guest blog by Mat Hunter

Tue, 7 Feb 2012 | By Tom Banks

A guest blog by Design Council chief design officer Mat Hunter on how the design community might respond to the UK’s aging population

United Visual Artists' High Arctic installation

Designs of the Year 2012 at the Design Museum preview

Tue, 7 Feb 2012 | By Emily Gosling

‘The Design Museum used to be a bit up its arse, shying away from popular culture. This is very much popular culture’, says designer Andy Altman, of his Comedy Carpet, created with artist Gordon Young.

Live Portrait

How the Web changed the world

Tue, 7 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Last summer, the National Media Museum in Bradford began a search for artworks for its new Life Online Galleries, which are being designed by NRN Design.

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Unplanned Magic to celebrate Material Gallery's new home

Mon, 6 Feb 2012 | By Emily Gosling

This week east London’s Material Gallery will celebrate its interiors overhaul and its move next door, with an exhibition of prints by Marcus Walters.

Caleb vinyl toy by James Jarvis

British Library Spring Fair

Mon, 6 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

The British Library is set to host its inaugural Spring Fair, a huge festival of creativity, with a cast of characters including Jamie Hewlett, Neville Brody and Mr Scruff.

René Lalique Hair ornament with a cypripedium orchid design, c.1902

Art Nouveau designs at the Sainsbury Centre

Mon, 6 Feb 2012 | By Emily Gosling

The weekend saw the opening of The First Moderns: Art Nouveau, Nature to Abstraction exhibition at The Sainsbury centre in Norwich.

Angus

Editorial - new faces in academia

Fri, 3 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

A couple of interesting appointments in the higher education world over the last week, one rather unexpected and one slightly more predictable (and very welcome).

Lionheart

Things We Like

Fri, 3 Feb 2012

Our weekly round-up of things we like here at Design Week.

Jonathan Kirk

‘If you could give the consultancy one piece of advice, what would it be?’

Fri, 3 Feb 2012 | By Jonathan Kirk

Business development expert Jonathan Kirk has conducted hundreds of client interviews on behalf of design consultancies. In this guest blog, he tells us what happens when he asks the question, ‘If you could give the consultancy one piece of advice, what would it be?’

Monster Ball World Tour 2009-10 Es Devlin set designer

Gormley and Gaga star in new V&A stage design show

Thu, 2 Feb 2012 | By Tom Banks

Stage and performance design is being spotlighted (no pun intended) by the Victoria and Albert Museum which will introduce a cast (no pun intended…again) of theatre designers, architects and artists.

Awards

See the entries so far to this year’s Design Week Awards

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

You can see the entries so far to the 2012 Design Week Awards on our Entry Showcase.

Clerkenwell Design Week banner

Clerkenwell Design Week

Thu, 2 Feb 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Although the spring may feel a million years from the bleak, failed-resolution-strewn tundra of early February; preparations are already well under way for May’s Clerkenwell Design Week in central London.

Campsite Cavalcade by Paul Slater

NUCA presents The Magic Theatre exhibition

Wed, 1 Feb 2012 | By Tom Banks

Norwich University College of the Arts will present The Magic Theatre next week, an exhibition of works by the Time and Being collective, plus international graphic artists including Audrey Niffenegger. There’s also a new piece from Quentin Blake.

Design Voices

Designers in their own words

Wed, 1 Feb 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Want to find out how Stefan Sagmeister chooses his projects? How Maarten Baas defines his occupation? How Milton Glaser has hung on to his sense of joy in design throughout decades of practice?

This is So Nice it Must be Illegal

Painting skills from Band of Skulls

Wed, 1 Feb 2012 | By Emily Gosling

There’s no shortage of bands creating their own artwork: from John Squire’s Jackson Pollock-inspired artworks for the Stone Roses; to Graham Coxon’s haunting paintings on Blur’s 13 album; to Flaming Lips and  Daniel Johnston’s adorably mournful alien - the list is endless.

Orgasm Mountain by Emil Asgrimsson

Emil Asgrimsson solo exhibition

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 | By Tom Banks

There’s a very nuanced aesthetic to Icelandic design, art, and music, especially when work reflects the country’s often ethereal, beautiful and earthy qualities.

Lumen United Reform Church

Cross-disciplinary design in a church

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Drift, an upcoming art, architecture and design show, is taking place in a rather unusual venue - a central London church.

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Jason Taylor’s product-a-day challenge

Tue, 31 Jan 2012

Now that it’s the end of January, New Year’s resolutions are likely to be a thing of the past, shelved in favour of pies, gin and Camel Lights.

Community Kite Project

Community Kite Project

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 | By Tom Banks

Designers and social innovators Tom Tobia, Jo Peel and Christopher Jarratt are bringing together leading illustrators and the public in a free Community Kite Project.

Gaiaplate02 2009

Leather chairs and wordy clocks

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Gallery Libby Sellers is hosting the first London solo show from Swiss product and furniture designer Nicolas Le Moigne, featuring leather chairs and a verbose clock.

Old Street billboard

Robert Montgomery - It Turned Out This Way Cos You Dreamed It This Way

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Design Week catches up with artist Robert Montgomery at what must be a very frustrating moment.

Angus

Editorial - A new chapter opens for the Design Museum

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

When you’re admiring the visuals of what the Design Museum’s new West London home will look like, it’s worth remembering that as recently as 2005 the Commonwealth Institute - which will host the museum - was under threat of demolition.

Simone Lia, I Am Not A Bunny

Jealous prints coming to Heal's

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Heal’s flagship store on London’s Tottenham Court Road is set to be transformed into a creative hot-house, thanks to Jealous printmaking studio and gallery, who are setting up a print workshop in the windows.

Yao Zhang

Things We Like Video

Fri, 27 Jan 2012

Our weekly round up of things we like on the Design Week news desk.

Paul X Johnson

Pick Me Up returns to Somerset House

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 | By Tom Banks

Graphic art event Pick Me Up will return to Somerset House in March with its fair and exhibition, with new features including a residency space hosted by ‘Heroes and Legends’ of the industry.

DW Awards

Design Week Awards judges named

Thu, 26 Jan 2012

The judging panel for the 2012 Design Week Awards has been named, featuring leading figures from all design sectors.

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Marcus Lyall and Adam Smith on bringing Chemical Brothers Don't Think film to life

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Terrifying snaggle-toothed clowns; enormous bugs sprawling in the mud; bionic dancers; white elephants - all par for the course in a Chemical Brothers live show. Whatever your views on the duo music-wise, there’s no doubt that the visual side of their shows is a force to be reckoned with - as documented in the visceral, vibrant and downright scary Don’t Think film. The concert film, shot at Fuji Rock Festival last year,  is directed by long-term visuals collaborator Adam Smith and produced ...

Ariel in The Little Mermaid

Meet the creator of Disney's the Little Mermaid

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 | By Tom Banks

‘I’m an actor with a paintbrush; I can play anyone I can imagine.’ says animator Glen Keane, who has created Disney characters Ariel (from the Little Mermaid), Aladdin, Pocahontas, the Beast and Tarzan.

Watermelon

Daniel Eatock adds one and one together

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

What does a horse have in common with a sheep? What unites a radiator and a fan? And who knew a watermelon could look so chic in a swimming cap?

The West End Show

Radim Malinic's West End Show

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 | By Emily Gosling

For his first self-intitiated solo show, graphic designer and illustrator Radim Malinic has taken the multifarious, vibrant and frequently taxing area of London’s West End as his inspiration.

Book cover, featuring the Bird bath toy by Patrick Rylands

Award-winning British design

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

With the Victoria & Albert Museum finalising plans for its spring blockbuster British Design 1948-2012, the museum’s publishing division has released a small aperitif in the form of new book Award Winning British Design.

Elliott Hartwell - Design Products

RCA architecture, product design and design interaction work-in-progress show

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Hot on the heels of the RCA’s interim textile and jewellery design show, next month sees the opening of the college’s architecture, product design and design interaction students’ work in progress exhibition.

Glenn Ligon, Warm Broad Glow II

Weighted Words at the Zabludowicz Collection

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 | By Emily Gosling

‘Words are stupid, words are fun, Words can put you on the run’, stated Tom Tom Club, in their hit Wordy Rappinghood. They went on to question, ‘what are words worth?’

Happenstance

Technologists compete for £8000 bursaries

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 | By Tom Banks

Regional galleries the Site Gallery (Sheffield), Lighthouse (Brighton) and Spike Island (Bristol) are offering £8000 bursaries for technologists to work in residency on new products.

Rocking horse

Trafalgar Square to host giant child on rocking horse

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

A subversive equestrian statue - a child on a rocking horse - is set to grace the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square from next month.

Paula Gortazar

Power Games: 1980s-inspired photography

Mon, 23 Jan 2012

It’s a well-worn cliché that in many ways, little has changed since the 1980s - from unemployment to recession to Lady GaGa aping Like a Prayer-era Madonna, these comparisons are becoming tired.

Renault Twizy

Renault looks to students for car design competition

Fri, 20 Jan 2012 | By Tom Banks

Renault has launched a student graphics competition to design a paint job for its new two seater Twizy and offered to pay the winner’s tuition fees for a year.

Sam Pelly, Plate VIII

From the Road landscape photography exhibition

Fri, 20 Jan 2012 | By Kate Lloyd

Gain a new perspective on landscapes at Eleven’s latest photography exhibition.

Art and Design For All

Things We Like

Fri, 20 Jan 2012

Our weekly round-up of things we like on the Design Week news desk.

Marilyn cover, October 7, 1973, photographed by Bert Stern

The Sunday Times Magazine celebrates 50 years with photographic exhibition

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 | By Tom Banks

Portraits of a scantily clad Marilyn Monroe and Lady Gaga,  the  moment Ronald Regan is shot, forlorn miners and pit ponies, and a fortified Royal Ulster Constabulary post on a residential Northern Ireland street, are some of the arresting images which The Sunday Times Magazine has splashed on its front cover over the last 50 years.

Steve Price

How (and why) to rescue HMV

Thu, 19 Jan 2012

Should ailing high-street brand HMV be rescued? Guest blogger Steve Price says it should. Here’s why and how.

Vanitas, Phoebe Cummings 2011

Formed Thought exhibition of material-led works

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 | Updated: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 | By Kate Lloyd

A trail of burnt paint, degrading clay and a 12m-long graphite drawn surface; some of the explorations into the maker’s relationship with their materials, on display at the Formed Thoughts exhibition in London.

David Hockney The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven)

Is a Hockney painting still a Hockney painting when it’s created on an iPad?

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 | By Kate Lloyd

David Hockney’s latest exhibition, A Bigger Picture, is made up of  more than 150 colourful landscapes of the Yorkshire countryside, 51 of which are blown up prints created using an iPad app.

Julie Cockburn, Boy, 2011

London Art Fair

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Robots that can draw your portrait, an enormous pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers and a boy with a Tetris face are just a few of the pieces that are going on show at this year’s London Art fair, which opens today.

Pride - Moira Johnston

Random Postcard Project

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 | By Emily Gosling

The Random Project was born back in 2006, when the former London College of Communications Experimental Type students who make up Random collective decided to take their typography-led design onto postcard format.

The Chapman Brothers' window

The Chapman Brothers add their touch to Dover Street Market

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 | By Kate Lloyd

Faux-Nazi red drapes, rave scene smiles and metal dinosaurs; the Chapman Brothers have taken over the windows at daring Mayfair fashion store, Dover Street Market.

Jimmie Martin

Laurence Llewelyn Bowen and Designersblock at Interiors UK

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 | By Emily Gosling

This weekend sees the opening of the Interiors UK show in Birmingham, featuring more than 600 exhibitors showing work including fabrics, furniture, flooring and other homewares.

Malcolm Cocks

Printmaking at Central Saint Martins

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Last autumn, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design opened its swanky new base in London’s King’s Cross.

Andy Rementer

Smile, please Video

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Travelling on the London Underground is rarely a laugh-a-minute experience, but rush-hour Tube commuters might have something to chuckle about from today onwards, thanks to the Word In Motion animated poetry initiative.

Made North

Made North design conference

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 | By Kate Lloyd

Culture North is inviting designers and design students to Liverpool to discuss the future of their industry at the first Northern international design conference; Made North.

English Hedgerow augmented reality plate

Augmented reality porcelain plate Video

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 | By Emily Gosling

What if we could make pottery more exciting? What if, like in Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn we could we could, well, make it come to life a bit?

The new (and original) logo

‘A step in a new direction that begins by using what was familiar’ - Simon Manchipp on the new Waterstones branding

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 | By Simon Manchipp

A guest blog from Someone co-founder Simon Manchipp on Waterstones’s decision to revert to its original branding.

Dinopopolous

Things We Like Video

Fri, 13 Jan 2012

Our weekly round-up of things we like on the Design Week news desk.

Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes and the case of Sarah Greenwood

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 | By Tom Banks

The production studio of Guy Ritchie directed Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows will be recreated by its production designer Sarah Greenwood for a new Arts Gallery, University of The Arts London exhibition.

Work by Henry Flint

Comics, illustrations and music

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 | By Angus Montgomery

Ninja Tune artist Strictly Kev, of DJ Food, is such a fan of comic book illustrator Henry Flint - whose pensmanship can be seen in 2000AD and other titles - that he commissioned Flint to create the cover of his forthcoming album, The Search Engine.

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Thinking outside the box about boxes

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 | By Kate Lloyd

The aptly named,The Box, at Arbeit gallery in east London, is the culmination of the architect’s study of the six-sided shape. 

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