1 November 2007

A big adventure

How do you make the story of space exploration engaging and accessible to people of all ages? Scale is the key, says Fiona Sibley, who is rather taken with the use of murals and other big prints in an upcoming show

Club doorman

Mini has addressed one of the few shortcomings of its standard hatchback – lack of space – with the new Clubman, but, as Nargess Shahmanesh-Banks discovers, the company has balanced this application of good sense with a heavy dose of its trademark eccentr

Broken promise

Print was a radical tool in the hands of the Modernist, Futurist avant-garde, but its anti-establishment potential withered with the arrival of an affluent consumer society. Rick Poynor examines the movement’s graphic expressions on the eve of a new exhib

Call for wider input in creative curriculums

A greater participation of industry, science and design in the teaching of creativity in schools has been called for in an Education and Skills Committee report published last week.The Creativity Partnerships and the Curriculum report states that, while there are clear examples of work funded by Creative Partnerships – the Government’s creativity programme for schools […]

Polish cultural festival in the UK is at planning stage

Cultural activists in Poland are planning to stage a Polish ‘season’ in the UK in 2009/10 to promote creativity in the former Eastern Bloc country.To this end, representatives of London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and Scotland’s Lighthouse and Six Cities project took part in a study visit to Poland last week. Organised by Warsaw’s Adam […]

Japan showcase for UK at DesignUK event

Britain’s pool of design talent and creativity was brought to this year’s Tokyo Design Week in Japan last week, in the shape of the fourth annual DesignUK 07.The programme, organised by UK Trade & Investment, the British Embassy and the British Council in Tokyo, is the UK’s annual trade mission and showcase of British design […]

The Plant cooks up identity system for Jamie’s Italian

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is to work with a host of design groups and architects on the implementation of his forthcoming restaurant chain, Jamie’s Italian.The ‘urban casual dining’ restaurant ‘collection’, of which the first venue will open in Bath early next year, is yet another offshoot of Oliver’s existing business – Jamie Oliver Holdings – […]

Museum of London tenders for exhibitions and unveils gallery

The Museum of London Group will release tenders for exhibition design projects, either at the end of this year or the start of 2008.It is looking for consultancies to create three new galleries at the Museum of London.Furneaux Stewart has already been appointed to design Sackler Hall, a ‘decompression zone’ for the three exhibition spaces.The […]

The problem isn’t language, but the attitudes of society

The problem isn’t language, but the attitudes of society I’d like to take issue with Michael Wolff’s assertion regarding the new logo for the Alzheimer’s Society (Letters, DW 4 October) that ‘dementia is a word that needs to go’. Too often important issues around human stigmas are ignored by blaming society’s attitudes on language. The […]

Inner beauty

Jewellery that melts. Trompe l’oeil weeds. Paint-splattered stepladders. If ever a show is calculated to shock traditionalists out of their comfort zone, it’s Out of the Ordinary/ Spectacular Craft, staged in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s new Porter Gallery designed by Block Architecture. Put aside any ideas of carefully thrown pots: this is extreme craft […]

Good growth is business sense

Design groups can play their part in reducing climate change by putting sustainability at the heart of their business model, says Matthew Pudney


Cardboard inspired Giles Miller to come up with his most popular creations, but he is keen to explore the use of different materials with fellow members of Farm Designs, as Giovanna Dunmall discovers

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