11 September 2008

News in Pictures

Lladró launches its new porcelain collection today. The Fantasy was designed in-house by artistic director Jaime Hayón.

Rockstar bridges reality gap with new game

A new computer racing game by the makers of Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar Games, is aiming to bridge the gap between real and simulated car design when it launches next month.Midnight Club: LA, a game based around street racing and customising cars, aims to replicate the work of car modification specialists, such as US company […]

Priestman Goode takes product design approach to exhibition

Priestman Goode is making its first concerted foray into exhibition design since 2003, having designed a stand for a host of Danish brands at the Sleep Event conference to be held in London in November.The experimental stand will emulate the different spaces of a hotel, and feature audiovisual equipment from Bang & Olufsen, furniture manufacturer […]

Does in-house design mean consistent design?

Consistent design is vital for large organisations juggling thousands of product lines or hundreds of touch points. To achieve this, there’s a lot to be said for going down the in-house route – it’s much cheaper, for one, says Scott Billings

Winners of Eureka Design Awards

Ceramics designer Miranda Watkins has scooped the top two honours at this year’s Eureka Design Awards for her pewter table and giftware range.Selected from a five-strong shortlist, she took the judges’ Best in Show award and the online Mydeco award, as voted for by the public.Conran & Partners founder Sebastian Conran, who judged the awards […]

Ghostly beat

If you count video installations and computer-controlled light sculpture, digital art is hardly new. Large-scale installations are ten a penny, with many no more than film projections controlled by pre-programmed repeat software. Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, however, is creating genuinely interactive work that reveals more than a way with a camera. He includes the familiar […]

A glimpse of the future

Stuart Watson went to China to promote British design for the Olympic handover. He came back impressed by what he saw – and worried for the UK

Reality check

Despite the economic gloom affecting the wider economy, the design sector appears to be holding up well. However, that doesn’t mean consultancies aren’t beginning to take a more cautious approach


This week has seen the Victoria & Albert Museum acquire designer John Pasche’s Rolling Stones 1970 Tongue and Lips logo. If you could see any graphic work housed in a museum, what would it be, and why?

Tapping into the craze for design for design’s sake

I read with interest your article ‘Straight from the tap’ (News Analysis, DW 3 July), but, really, whatever next? Inspired by this current trend of design for design’s sake, Rare Breed will soon be marketing smoke, for self-indulgent designers to blow up their own arses. Alan Duncan, Rare Breed Creative, London EC2

Repositioning was about selling wool, not sheep welfare

I’m writing about your item on the decision by Australian Wool Innovation to reposition two of its key brands (www. designweek.co.uk, 21 August), This had nothing to do with the campaign by animal rights groups calling for a boycott of Australian merino wool in protest against mulesing. The marketing effort follows market research which showed […]

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