Springpoint revamps Smith

Advanced electronics company Smith System Engineering has changed its name to The Smith Group and introduced a new corporate identity as part of a repositioning project carried out by branding group Springpoint. The Smith Group works for defence, utilities, telecommunications and transport industries across the world. The name of each division will precede the main […]

The towering folly of monuments

Millennium fever is leading to monuments being erected around the country at a frightening rate. Michael Evamy calls for more power to the people if they are to mean anything.


Channel Four Television Corporation has released its 1997 annual report, themed with buzzwords such as bold, innovative, lively, original and outspoken. Brian Cumming, senior designer at Synergy which created the document, says: ‘Channel 4 gave us these words to use as a hook, and the idea is they are going through the tube at the […]

Yellow Pencil opinions

British Design and Art Direction is to publish Design Verdicts, showing the opinions of the judging panel for its Yellow Pencil awards. ‘You won’t agree with every verdict. I certainly don’t,’ says D&AD president elect Richard Seymour.

Jewellers may use branding

Jewellery retailers are to use retail branding as a key weapon against one another as competition increases, according to a report published this week. This follows an upturn in jewellers’ fortunes after a long slump. Verdict on Jewellery Retailers 1998 predicts a growth in middle-aged customers will boost the 2.7bn market by 3 per cent […]

Heads of Firbank Kempster quit

The managing directors of exhibition specialist Firbank Kempster International and sister group Integrated Communications Partnership have left to set up their own consultancies. David Hall, former MD of Firbank Kempster and Phill Morrish, former MD of ICP, both quit within the last month to pursue their own ventures. It is thought they were unhappy about […]

Holiday Inn reveals interiors

Hotels group Holiday Inn officially unveils its new interiors, developed by RPW, at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza at London Heathrow next week. Mediterranean colour schemes, open plan areas, modern artwork and an exhibition grill have been introduced as part of the hotel’s upgrading to Crowne Plaza status. RPW was appointed after creating new meeting […]


The Design Business Association hosts a four-day intensive programme for everyone involved in selling design and design consultancy. Selling design will take place on 17-18 June and 15-16 July. Contact: The DBA on 0171- 3123 for further information and a booking form. Venue: Swallow International Hotel, Cromwell Road, London SW5.

WPP reports record profits

WPP has posted record profits for last year, with a turnover up nearly 3 per cent to 7.3m. Operating profit increased by more than 12 per cent to 206m. WPP’s design capabilities comprise Addison, Enterprise IG, SBG Enterprise, Coley Porter Bell, Scott Stern. Turnover for specialist communications groups, which includes design, was up 11.5 per […]

The execution too often buries the idea

We knew we were in for a treat last week when a few of us gathered at Pentagram’s office to hear David Bernstein speak. One of adland’s best wits, wordsmith Bernstein has the knack of making a great gag out of the mundane, coining phrases such as the legendary “what you gain on the slide, […]


Handwork is an exhibition of fine furniture by Seighard, an association of independent furniture makers. All work on display aims to achieve the highest standards of design and craftsmanship using the best materials available. From 16-20 June. Contact: John Lock on 01935 825492. Venue: Art Connoisseur Gallery, Crawford Street, London W1.

A pint of two halves

While designers tend to lose their hair rather prematurely, in other ways they don’t change at all with age. Their love of beer and football, for example, is tucked away safely in the bank – along with their penchant for thinking outside the box. This week, The Thomas Saunders Partnership is representing the design community […]

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