10 August 2006

Landini Associates sets In Your Face scene

An exhibition of graphics by 16 designers, designed by Landini Associates, opens this week in Sydney, Australia. The Australian design group has just put the finishing touches to the showcase – called In Your Face: Contemporary Graphic Design – as part of the Sydney Design 06 festival, which opened in the city last week and […]

Proustian Penguins

Early Penguin paperbacks were created as cheap, throwaway items, but Hugh Pearman marvels at the lasting power of their now legendary design When my pre-university son arrived home the other day, a book was sticking out of his man-bag. It was DH Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, but the significant thing was the edition: an original […]

Designs never die, they’re just recycled 30 years later

Reading through a recent edition of Design Week (DW 20 July) I came across the section headed News in Pictures and noticed the ‘families’ identity created by Rose Design for the Tate Gallery. What is British design coming to when all we can do is copy a design classic designed by Herb Lubalin for a […]

Margaret Thatcher portrait

A 1.5m portrait of Margaret Thatcher, constructed from silk chiffon and rusted iron, has been created by freelance designer Benjamin Shine. He presented the work to the former Prime Minister last week and it will feature in a larger collection of portraiture that Shine is compiling.  Shine requested permission to create a portrait of Lady […]

Paul Smith creates ‘personalised’ bicycles

Fashion designer and cycling fan Sir Paul Smith has teamed up with Derby bicycle maker Mercian to create a ‘personalised’ range of cycles based on the company’s Mercian Track and Tour cycles. Smith has designed nine custom builds, which include bespoke bar tape produced by leather cycle gear manufacturer Brooks. The cycles will be available […]

HM Treasury seeks to clarify R&D tax relief

HM Treasury will publish a series of leaflets later this year explaining how to claim R&D tax credits, using case studies from design consultancies including Creactive Design and Harrison Fisher. The leaflets come as Nissan Design Europe demonstrates how design processes can qualify for the tax relief.

ASHA brings M&Co brand together

Arthur Steen Horne Adamson has overhauled the brand identity for clothing retailer Mackays, uniting its eight sub-brands under a single umbrella brand, M&Co. The M&Co marque was previously used for the store’s premium line and was the name of a number of its stores. The company’s sub-brands include Kylie for teen girls, Navigator for boys […]

Gothic grind

After years of being shunned by designers, one of the oldest scripts in the history of typography has made a comeback, initially appealing to youth DIY culture. Simon Loxley looks at how Blackletter has been given a new lease of life

Different and NE6 to style Dott 07

Dott 07, the first of a ten-year series of regional design events, has appointed Different and NE6 to handle its creative communications work.Different has been signed up as the programme’s lead creative consultancy and will interpret and deliver the overall marketing plan. NE6 will work on specific design projects, including materials for the Eco Design […]


As the holiday season kicks in and books slide up our summer shopping lists, how much credit do you give book cover design for your choice of beach reading? It’s that old adage, never judge a book by its cover, but how many of us fall for the lure of a well-designed book jacket? I […]

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