1 August 1996

Floppy groins cause groans

The groan of the week was generated in the DW office by this invitation, designed by Evans May Partnership. A record attendance for the launch of a computer disk drive was created by the invite, which opens at the fly to reveal a floppy one.

WH Smith’s new look

WH Smith has approved Lippa Pearce’s graphic redesigns for its three English-language bookshops on the Continent. The Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam stores are managed by Waterstone’s but retain the identity which was specially designed for WH Smith.

UK alliance of designers and educators needed

Contributions to your recent Education Supplement (DW 12 July) bemoaned educators for “mediocrity” and the “shambolic mish-mash” of modularity and claimed that there were “better lectures” in the Seventies. While Mike Hope and Daniel Weil provided their welcome critical vision, the soapbox pieces by Mike Horseman and Alice Twemlow were ill-informed. To take issue with […]

Scotland Museum picks team

Edinburgh consultancy Millhouse is the winner of a paid creative pitch against Graphic Partners to design a manual for the city’s new Museum of Scotland. Blue Peach, Graven Images and Crispin Rose-Innes were invited to take part, but all declined. “We didn’t agree with the procedure,” says a spokeswoman for Crispin Rose-Innes. Graven Images director […]

Academy planned to boost inventors’ lot

Industrial designers may reap rich rewards from a new Royal Academy of Invention which is hoping for patronage from the Prince of Wales. The academy is the brainchild of Trevor Baylis, inventor of the Baygen clockwork radio which won a BBC Design Award (DW 12 July). Baylis has discussed his idea with the Prince and […]

High tuition fees for a low level of learning

In light of the recent article in The Times (11 July) regarding overcrowding of the fashion courses at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, as course representatives, we would like to draw attention to the following. This situation applies to most other CSM courses. In recent years, many CSM courses have increased student […]

CSD-managed bursary given after five years

The first 5000 Anice Alexander Award for a woman industrial designer has finally been presented by the Chartered Society of Designers. The award marks the end of a controversy which exploded in 1994. Alexander, an Edinburgh-based design promoter and journalist, died in 1991, leaving 74 000 to set up an annual bursary for women designers, […]

Petrol station chain opts for stand-alone stores

EFL OIL UK is planning to strike back against supermarkets that sell petrol, by setting up its own stand-alone stores. Elf, like all traditional petrol station operators, has seen profits fall because of competition from supermarket chain forecourts.

Fortnum’s expansion

Upmarket department store Fortnum & Mason is believed to be looking at design groups to help with its expansion plans.

H Samuel set to shine with store redesign

H Samuel, the high street jeweller, is poised to ring the changes next week with new store branding by Dalziel and Pow. This comes at a time when its parent company, Signet, closes negotiations for its own sale to an unnamed buyer. Sources close to the chain say the aim of the design was to […]

Childhood icons stamp their mark

In-depth, exhaustive and onerous research paid off for Glenn Tutssel when he was designing these stamps for Royal Mail. Entitled Big Stars from the Small Screen, the set of five stamps celebrate the 50th anniversary of British-made TV programmes for child

Spencer Landor deals with business @hand

Spencer Landor has designed the identity and layout for a newly launched management information publication called @hand. The bi-monthly publication will offer middle and senior managers in all industries a precis of the latest research and trends in management. @hand’s originator Cathy Andrews says: “@hand is designed as an aid to managers who are busier […]

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