Japan’s airline talks identity

It is understood that Japan Air Lines (JAL) has been having management level talks for the last two months on reviewing its corporate identity. The identity was revamped in 1989 by Landor Associates. JAL has about 120 aircraft.

Under-age designers on the right tracks

Jones Garrard director Michael Rodber obviously does not subscribe to the adage about not working with children. For when the consultancy was working on ideas for a bid by GEC Alsthom to supply new Gatwick Express trains, Rodber turned to his offspring. With dad stuck for ideas on a “kid’s coach” for the train, Michael’s […]

Design would benefit through NESTA fund

Labour is pledging a share of the 1bn proceeds from the midweek National Lottery to innovation and design through its National Endowment of Sciences and the Arts. If Labour wins today’s election, NESTA is planned as an independent charity to encourage people in the arts and sciences “to donate part of their talent [through contributing […]

Manss handles German look

Oberhavel Holding was one of the many East German government-owned companies which found themselves competing with West German rivals after unification. But while many such organisations struggle just to make their products more competitive, leaving no time or budget for marketing, OH has had the foresight to rebrand itself and its four subsidiaries. Thomas Manss […]

Swell Decoration

The renaissance in furniture has finally hit the UK; a Philippe Starck chair now has as much kudos as an Armani suit, says Jessica Cargill-Thompson. And now that shops are supporting this new wave of activity, her advice is to cash in while you can.

FLB delivers new design spread for Delight

Van den Bergh Foods is to roll out a revamp of its Delight range of food products in packaging redesigned by FLB. – The Cheltenham consultancy was briefed to balance the taste and low fat credentials of the brand.

You don’t get a ride if you’re dull and practical

It was refreshing to note Mr Law’s cutting insight into the economics and marketing of a modern transport service (DW 18 April). If the sexiness of train design in particular offends Mr Law, might I suggest he resorts to personal transport – a four-wheel incarnation of his design brief was embodied in the dull but […]


Sir Norman Foster will continue the Glasgow 1999 lecture series on 8 May at the Strathclyde Suite, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow at 6.30pm. Foster will discuss recent projects, including the new German Parliament at the Reichstag in Berlin and the new conference centre at the SECC, Glasgow. Details: 0141-227 1999.


Well played to 16-year-old James Everitt (right) from Huddersfield Technical College and Peter O’Brien (left), 23, from Leeds Metropolitan University, who both triumphed with their ideas for a waterproof clock designed and made in 24 hours. The design counsellors of West Yorkshire’s Business Links set the brief, Halifax product consultancy FOD Design helped with the […]


The Power of Erotic Design opens today at the Design Museum. The show deals with erotic twentieth century design and architecture. Until 12 October. Venue: Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1. Starting on 6 May, Fish out of Water is an exhibition of fine artists who have been working away from their native environments. The […]

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