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Free pitching rows reach crescendo

Free pitching doesn’t really benefit anyone in the long run, but what can be done to stamp out this prevalent practice? asks Emily PaceyThe debate on free pitching is reaching one of its regular crescendos, following last week’s revelations about two incursions of best design procurement practice by Transport for London and Kingston Council.As letters […]

Nissan’s 2008 Denki Cube concept could inform the look of the 2009 global Cube production car

Car interiors undergo radical transformation

For long designed to evoke aeroplane and racing cockpits or the wood and leather of gentlemen’s clubs, car interiors are only now shaking off their old-world looks. But a radical transformation is at last under way, reports Guy BirdNew attitudes to car interiors are changing vehicle insides like never before. This is partly due to an […]

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New Centrepoint identity clears confusion

Homelessness charity Centrepoint is set to unveil a revised identity ahead of its 40th anniversary next year.The charity, which is supported by Prince William and helps young homeless people across the UK, will from next month sport a clearer and simpler look designed by consultancy Morning. The group took over the client account from Corporate […]

History Channel gets Dunning Eley Jones refresh

Dunning Eley Jones will be creating the identity for the new Military History Channel. The design is set to launch later this year and will be complemented by a series of rebranded idents for The History Channel. The creative team will consist of DEJ creative director Brian Eley and designer Ed Walker. According to a […]

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Design experts elucidate Chamber of Commerce report

This month the British Chambers of Commerce business network published its results table for the second quarter of the financial year. Its results point to a fall in output from both the manufacturing and service sectors. The service sector has seen a larger decline in balances such as domestic sales and orders, cashflow, recruitment and […]

When creativity is not enough

Clever creatives may impress potential clients, but that’s not enough to win briefs. You must understand the business case too, says Elizabeth Lockwood One of the most interesting elements of any client-side marketer’s job is interviewing and appointing design consultancies. It is a glorious moment when clients get to marvel at the talent of a […]

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Suspect packages

Designers are happy to use the latest graphics kit, but when it comes to management software few are as keen. Design Week canvasses the views of creatives and suits and discovers it’s not about what you use – it’s how you use itYou can almost hear the groans when you mention studio management software to […]

The museums of the future will create a dialogue…

Regarding your Voxpop asking about the museum spaces of the future (DW 3 July), for me what is significant about the public gallery is that it is reflecting the way we as a society are engaging creatively with systems, rather than just interacting with them. The individual pieces of work are only a system – […]

Foyer of Turin’s Teatro Regio, the rebuilding of which Carlo Mollino oversaw as architect

Inspired, John Kay, Linney Design

I’m sure I won’t be the first to say that citing influences and sources of inspiration is no easy feat. Being determined to inspire a business and its clients is perhaps one ambition, with another being never to assume that I have done so. The latter keeps me more motivated and more inclined to keep […]

Sebastian Conran, founder member of the Design and Technology Alliance, and director of Studio Conran

Criminal opportunities

It can’t solve the social and cultural issues that cause crime, but design innovation has a role to play in reducing it, discovers Emma GermainThe image of a crime-fighter is normally one of a sexy superhero such as Superman or Batman. But designers too, such as Sebastian Conran and Michael Wolff, have been working to […]

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The One Off secures National Gallery bookshop redesign

The National Gallery Company has appointed The One Off to redesign the bookshop in the Sainsbury Wing of London’s National Gallery. NGC is also working with Fortune Street to redesign its own visual identity and branding. Owned by the National Gallery Trust, NGC manages all commercial activities at the gallery.The One Off won a four-way […]

Great designers are like great chefs – sure to deliver quality

Glenn Tutssel makes a great point in likening designing to being a master chef (see Voxpop, page 11).The heat of the restaurant kitchen at peak times can be likened to the quiet frenzy that hits the studio in the hours before a pitch, when teamwork really comes into play. Meanwhile, the confections produced by both […]

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