Leo Fitzmaurice

Urban contours

Sprawling cities, with their clutter of obsolete objects and mishmash of buildings, are not always considered things of beauty. Impressive in their vibrancy they might be, but urbanism and consumerism go hand in hand to paint them in a rather more beast-like manner. In Urban Origami, however, seven artists explore the overlooked and discarded beauty […]

Trade secrets

Every designer – no matter how creative or multi-talented – comes to depend on one or two basic items at some time during their careers. Suzanne Hinchliffe asks some top names about their must-have tools of the trade – that special something they can’t do without

You Can Kingston project

Civic strategy

Where next for public-sector design, in the dawning age of cuts and austerity? In fact, design is now more crucial than ever to help deliver user-friendly and efficient services for less. Anna Richardson explores the sector’s legacy and why design should continue to play an important role in it

Profile: Kenn Munk

Taking play seriously sums up the philosophy of this Londonbased Dane, who combines a witty facility for the experiential with a talent for teaching design. Anna Richardson talks to him about creativity, consistency and seeing the world differently


What would you like to see the London Design Festival and the London Festival of Architecture do to mark the Olympics in 2012?

Logos are not the only fruit – you know it makes sense

It’s been great to see the debate raised since my article on logos and ’brand worlds’ in April (Insight, DW 1 April). We as a profession should question and re-evaluate our position and our purpose on a daily basis. Let’s keep it going. The Science Museum’s new branding (News, DW 24 June) is a classic […]

Design has a role to play on the world stage

The application of design to challenges such as mine clearance or peacekeeping in Burundi is not immediately obvious. Last week I found myself sitting with 19 other delegates at a UN strategic design conference (pictured) in New York, trying to meld together the worlds of policy development, design and cultural research to address the issues […]

Inspired: Ian Watson – Manchester City Football Club

There’s only one person that I can rely on to always kickstart the ideas process: the legendary David Bowie. I discovered his works during my ’long hair and flares’ art school days, when I wanted to be in a rock band and design record sleeves. Despite my wild shifts in fashion, design and musical taste […]

Best of the Web

www.hboimagine.com/#/art_heist/ Hboimagine.com makes for an interesting interactive experience, supporting the company’s current marketing campaign ’It’s more than you imagined’. The HBO cube shows four sides of a single story simultaneously – only when you’ve watched all the four sides can you understand the bigger picture. www.johnlloyd.uk.com/index.phpJohn Lloyd co-founded the international design consultancy Lloyd Northover. His […]

A harsh lesson

Today’s design students are inured to the economic pressures of professional life, but Adrian Shaughnessy wonders why our education system fails to prepare them for its creative realities.


Good for business?

Only time will tell whether the tax cuts announced in last week’s Emergency Budget will offset the impact of the draconian spending restrictions also put in place by the Chancellor. Angus Montgomery assesses the design fallout

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