Design should take centre stage in the transport debate

We spend a lot of time in design proving the value of our creative output to the client. It’s the stuff of design effectiveness awards. This is to the good. But there are other areas where design has less tangible, but arguably more far-reaching, benefits for client and consumer alike, the design of public services […]

Foto Follies, Duane Michals

Fool’s wisdom

Much respected as a ‘photographer’s photographer’, Duane Michals mocks the art photography establishment in his new book. Is he just a joker in his twilight years, or does he have some serious points to make?



Fitch’s global creative chief Tim Greenhalgh conforms to none of the usual designer stereotypes. As Trish Lorenz discovers, he is gregarious and unpretentious – and he loves public speaking and the art of selling

VISA toolkit

Loewy creates card design toolkit for Visa partners

Visa is to help its partner banks improve the design of their credit cards with the launch of a design toolkit created by Loewy.The transactional payments giant commissioned branding consultancy Bite to undertake the work in spring last year, prior to Bite’s acquisition by Loewy (DW 2 November 2006). The consultancy has developed a set […]

Blue bag

Festival folio

Despite some criticisms about the exterior treatment, the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall is sparking renewed interest in the 1950s – a decade that many designers are now turning to for inspiration

Interbrand tops design group brands

Interbrand has been rated the most recognised and trusted of the UK’s design group brands, according to the latest Superbrands rankings.The consultancy is placed 235th, ahead of Omnicom stablemate Wolff Olins at 275th, and higher than rivals FutureBrand and Landor Associates at 447th and 450th respectively. Design Week features at 469th, just below its parent […]

Hospital wayfinding

Curing the hospital

Finding your way around hospitals can be notoriously tricky. Pamela Buxton weighs up the merits of some mooted solutions – such as colour-coding and personalised navigation systems – and argues that the wayfinding strategy must be central to the design of

Paper House

Finishing school

A show dedicated to the great Finnish Modernist Alvar Aalto, ‘through the eyes of Shigeru Ban’, might suggest the use of designers and architects as flavours, like so much cinnamon added to a Starbucks cappuccino. However, the exhibition works. Apart from supplying an exquisite design for the exhibition (which includes a suspended ceiling wave made […]

Taking a risk to share rewards

Royalty or equity deals are good ways to benefit from a client’s success, but first you must do your homework and get advice from professionals


‘Graphics has hit a watershed, not knowing which way to go from here. With all stylistic trends plundered, is there anywhere to go but backwards?’ So asked Mike Dempsey while judging this year’s Design Week Awards. Is he right, and where can the sector go creatively? What goes around, comes around. Designers have always been […]

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