Philip Watts Design is creating a five-storey sculpture for Birmingham’s Custard Factory. The artwork will occupy a new extension to the arts and media building, and will have three glass walkways puncturing it. Watts was commissioned two years ago to create the work, which he says represents a ‘mass of energy’ that makes the journey […]
New gold-finished crockery by Reiko Kaneko, and bone china by Andrew Tanner based on Peter Moro and Leslie Martin’s Royal Festival Hall carpet design (pictured), are among design products available from the Southbank Centre Festival Terrace Shop in London.
Sainsbury’s ready-meal packaging has been given a patriotic facelift by Blue Marlin. New branding for the supermarket’s Classics range was influenced by British icons Paul Smith and Guy Ritchie, and features a Union Jack background. A chunky slab serif typeface is used, and the range has been designed to give the feel of a British […]
Consultancy 999 has created a new report for Arts Council England to assess the strength and potential of visual arts in the West Midlands. The report features a glossy section that showcases the variety of work being produced by West Midlands artists, and a clean, understated section to provide clarity of information.
In the increasingly digital world of the book, a beautifully bound publication is something to cherish. With numerous electronic book readers being launched, the pleasure of the book as object is in danger of disappearing. So producing books that are desirable to the touch is more important than ever, argue some publishers. Charity book publisher […]
Sophie Thomas and Ed McCann outline a business model that benefits employees – and helps bosses
Uzbekistan’s dazzling architectural heritage survived the rigours of Soviet repression, and Islamic tradition still tempers the modernising elements of any local design brief. John Stones talks to a consultancy that has coped with these conflicting demands
A good illustrator can add a touch of magic to a packaging design and help tell a brand’s story. Anna Richardson samples a range of projects where illustration has been used to full effect
Sarah Boris was always keen to work for an arts centre – a dream she realised at the Barbican and, currently, the ICA. Anna Richardson speaks to the French graphic designer about inspiration and the perfect font
How can you make a brand more authentic?
You recently posed the question, ‘What attracted you to working in the digital sector, and what route did you take into it?’ (Voxpop, DW 19 November) I’m interested in the part of the digital sector which re-imagines emerging and old technologies and questions their impact on our lives. I enjoy creating work with character, that […]
I was disappointed to read the article ‘Somerset House promotes graphic design with annual fair’ (DW 12 November). As an industry, we spend a lot of time and effort explaining to clients, and other non-designers, what we do and why it is important to them – how graphic design is a vital tool for communication, […]