11 December 2008

… but will those Mancunian hacks give it a chance?

It was nice to read that two of your guest contributors chose work by the wonderful Thomas Heatherwick for their favourite pieces of public art (Voxpop, DW 27 November). Not so nice is the shoddy treatment given by the Mancunian press to Heatherwick’s B of the Bang sculpture. The Manchester Evening News has done nothing […]

It can take a while for a work of art to be appreciated…

I agree with Jason Bruges (Voxpop, DW 27 November). Thomas Heatherwick’s B of the Bang is my favourite piece of public art, too. It’s a shame that it has been the centre of so many problems, from failings in construction leading to health and safety fears, to financial and legal issues. I hope, despite these, […]

It’s only a matter of time before the glass cracks

When reviewing recent placement applications at Echo, I was reminded of a past article in Design Week concerning the small number of females in the higher echelons of consultancies. This prompted a question: Where have all the male design students gone? Why do they not want to experience life at a thriving design group? I’m […]

Bad design should get its just reward – a critical panning

Is there such a thing as a bad design award? I would like to nominate the manufacturer of my three loo seats which have broken due to bad design, and which can’t be changed without uprooting the entire loo out of the wall, again due to bad design, thereby costing me £70 a seat plus […]

A load of symbollocks

Large-scale public art symbolising regional identity is nothing new – novelist GK Chesterton predicted the idea more than a century ago, says Hugh Pearman

Design Council in mentor plan

The Design Council plans to pair designers with university technology transfer officersto help bring scientific innovations to market. It will launch a competition early next year to find appropriate projects, as part of the Government-backed scheme Accelerating Scientific Innovation Through Design. The Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills asked the council to establish the scheme […]

News in Pictures

Sky and the BBC have unveiled their new Christmas
idents. Designed by Sky Creative, the Sky 1, 2 and 3 idents launched on Sunday, based around a theme
of three states of matter: solid, liquid and particulate.

Tsar quality

In craftsmanship, the endorsement ‘By appointment to the Russian Imperial Court’ was a distinction without equal.

Keep it simple to stay strong

The recession needn’t be just about gloom and doom. Jonathan Sands believes that we may be entering one of the most exciting periods in our history


Ad agency Brothers & Sisters boarded a plane which performed a series of parabolic dives to film a National Geographic ident in zero gravity. What is the most dangerous situation you have ever been in as part of a project?


In April 1951, so the legend goes, Jack Kerouac turned up at his mother’s house, parked his knapsack and sat down to write the story of his meandering road trips. Like his free-ranging, thumb-a-lift travelling he meant to ‘do it different’. To get the thing written quick he’d found a stack of printer’s paper – […]

News in Pictures

Landor Associates designer Brett Stabler has created an identity and supporting materials for hypnotherapist and life coach Jack Karney.

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