10 January 2008

In perspective

Architecture visualisation has made great progress in the past decade, and the services offered by designers to communicate ideas can prove more valuable than spending big bucks on advertising. It’s about time architects woke up to what’s available, says Henrietta ThompsonA little more than ten years ago, an up-and-coming, but as yet unestablished architect called […]

The light fantastic

Flatteringly lit restaurants, hotel lobbies and high-end retail spaces have long reaped the commercial benefits of ambient lighting design, although high cost has limited investment in other sectors. However, well-documented research into its health benef

Turkey’s turn

Best known for its traditional Islamic and Ottoman designs, Turkey is emerging as the nation to watch for its approach to more contemporary creations, reports Sarah VerdoneAnyone who has ever walked on a Turkish kilim or seen Topkapi Palace or the Blue Mosque would think that Turkey has design down pat. Not so, say Istanbul’s […]

Hillman turns THE into a quarto magazine

The Times Higher Education underwent a redesign last week, when it received a new look and rebrand by Studio David Hillman.Formerly a tabloid newspaper, it will now publish as a quarto magazine. Its first major redesign for 36 years will see the publication drop its full title, Times Higher Education, in favour of the acronym […]

Random House redesigns Chatwin’s back catalogue

Publisher Random House has redesigned travel writer Bruce Chatwin’s backlist, with a striking series of coloured, vertically striped cover graphics.Designer Michael Salu, who is part of Random House’s CCV design team, came up with the concept for the cover of Chatwin’s In Patagonia. The vivid design is a reference to the patterns used on fabric […]

Music listening project tunes up with look by Sarah Boris

The identity for Hear Here, a classical music event programme focusing on listening, has been created by typographic designer Sarah Boris.The classical music listening project – presented by The Royal Philharmonic Society, together with Classic FM radio – consists of a series of events that aim to encourage people to listen to classical music.Boris was […]

Designmap wins castle exhibition task in N Ireland

Enniskillen Castle in Northern Ireland is to revamp its museum’s exhibition space to showcase the story of its history, with design by Designmap.The castle (pictured), which is situated beside the River Erne in County Fermanagh, was built almost 600 years ago by the Gaelic Maguire family. It has been important throughout history as it guards […]

Arts Foundation announces shortlist for lighting design award

Installation artists, a theatre lighting expert and a designer who worked on lighting at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal Five are among the four shortlisted for the £10 000 Arts Foundation Fellowship in lighting design for 2008.The winner will be announced on 24 January as part of the Arts Foundation Awards. Recipients of £10 000 fellowships in […]

Reflections on a landmark

The Barbican: beauty or brute? It’s an enduring question, and one that has been interpreted by many artists since its concrete blocks arose out of a London bomb site in the 1960s. Now it’s the turn of Kate Maestri, a glass artist, to ponder the question. She plumps for a glowingly positive interpretation, basing a […]

It pays to be the good guys

Sustainability and corporate responsibility are the order of the day, and design groups can do their bit to spread the message, says Gill Parker Whatever your views on the subject, the Green debate will have transcended your personal and professional life in design. Sustainability issues have never enjoyed a higher and more fashionable profile, and […]


As a graphic artist lucky enough to work for his cultural heroes, Nick Robertson has been able to explore his desire to experiment in both digital and physical media. Fiona Sibley enjoys a tour of his studioWhen Brian Eno is looking for a design collaborator, there’s one man he turns regularly to. The same is […]

Never mind the quality, where’s the quantity?

Peter Godkin (Letters, DW 4 January) clearly misunderstood my very clear point about students receiving minimal teaching (Letters, DW 6 December). The point I was trying to make was not about quality, but about quantity. Ask any graphic design tutor or student about allocated teaching hours. You may find the situation has changed since your […]

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