Paul Murphy’s article Far From Perfect (DW 4 June) is surely a wind-up. Why else would a such a well respected design magazine publish such drivel about Macromedia Flash? This package is making the Web a more beautiful, interesting and faster place, while also allowing Web designers easier access to the online arena. Independent research (King, Brown & Partners, February) has shown that three in four Web browsers are able to see Macromedia Flash movies immediately (http://www-euro.macromedia.com/software/flash/survey/main.html), and that nearly 146 million Internet users have downloaded the plug-in. In any case, why would you just want to read about Paul Oakenfold’s music when you can actually hear it? Andrew Massey email@example.com
A round-up of moves, changes and appointments in the design world.
From a fully functional American diner through to Google’s unnerving house showing how technology has taken over our lives, we round up our favourites from this year’s Italian design festival.
Research conducted into the diversity of the creative industries shows the sector on the whole to be hard to access for ethnic minorities, women and those from low-income backgrounds.
Japanese designer Kosuke Takahashi talks about why he decided to create a new typeface that incorporates braille and letters to cater for both blind and sighted people.