10 September 2009

Design, not user-testing, will challenge convention

Regarding Anna Richardson’s article Modern Hieroglyphics (DW 6 August), Gary Davis says, with reference to making symbols recognisable and conforming to an established standard, ‘But who makes that judgement? Not the designer, that’s for sure.’ (Letters, DW 20 August). This is a dangerous and possibly insulting statement, as it completely belittles our work and professionalism. […]

Foster & Partners

Architect Foster & Partners has designed a new dining table – to be known as the Arc – which will be unveiled on 23 September at the Molteni & C Dada store in London.

D&AD’s D Annual

D&AD’s D Annual, art directed by Peter Saville and with design by graduate Luke Sanders, will be sent out as a limited edition to D&AD members later this month. A standard edition of the book, which showcases 748 projects, will go on sale next year, published by Taschen.

Bruce Munro

Lighting designer Bruce Munro’s new installation Water-Towers will be unveiled at the Fuel Cell Symposium in central London, which runs from 22-24 September. Munro says that the installation, which uses rainwater, discarded plastic bottles and recycled plastic sheet, was conceived as a visual representation of pure water power.

Manchester City Football Club

Music has created a campaign for Manchester City Football Club in the lead-up to the club’s home game against Premiership rival Arsenal on 12 September. The campaign features striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who moved from Arsenal to Manchester City during the summer. The image was conceived by Music and produced by San Francisco-based illustrator Michael Gillette.

More rounded graduates may better meet industry needs

The mismatch between the kind of graduates design colleges are providing and what consultancy creative heads require was highlighted again this week at D&AD’s Xchange conference for college tutors. With characteristic passion, Glenn Tutssel raised the call for more rounded graduates in his keynote speech (see www.designweek.co.uk, 8 September). Meanwhile, some tutors raised concerns that […]

News is pictures

Furniture designer Steve Watson will present his 2009 collection for the first time in the UK at 100% Design, which is at London’s Earls Court from 24-27 September.

News in pictures

Richard Horne has written and designed A is for Armageddon: An Illustrated Catalogue of Disasters. The book is published by Square Peg, priced £14.99.

Celluloid rituals

A pursuit is on. The soundtrack of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead rivals the silhouetted woman’s clicking heels as the camera follows her through the anonymous interior and out on to the streets of London in the double projection work The Prisoner (2008). It is one of the five 16mm films by Rosalind Nashashibi […]


Yacht design goes for mod cons and retro to beat crunch

The have-nots and the haveyachts will gather at the PSP Southampton Boat Show this weekend to marvel at – and in some cases actually buy – one of this year’s crop of spanking new launches. The 2009 exhibition will showcase 1000 vessels, a record 65 of which will make their debuts there. The most expensive […]


Red, blue, yellow and Green

With the Lib Dems looking to adopt an interventionist stance on waste reduction, Angus Montgomery explores the politics of planet-friendly packaging

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