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

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

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

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’

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

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


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:

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


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

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

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