12 April 2007

‘Scotland the brand’

‘Scotland the brand’ must not forget its rich heritage With Tartan Week taking place in New York, there is a debate going on in Scotland about the national brand, sparked off by accusations that the US-based Scottish Fest is twee and irrelevant.Scotland offers powerful emotive associations based on its heritage, celebrated the world over through […]

Voxpop: 24 Hour Inclusive Design Challenge

Sprout Design has won this year’s Design Business Association/ Royal College of Art 24 Hour Inclusive Design Challenge to create reading-aid prototypes for the visually impaired. What difficulties does the design industry face in taking prize-winning ideas to production? Design consultancies typically enter competitions to raise their profile, and taking entries to market is unusual. […]

Collaboration, not corporation

Small-scale networks mean designers can avoid the risks of ‘boom and bust’ for the consultancy business model, as Stuart Spooner has discovered Over the past 20 years the design industry, like many sectors, has constantly evolved. I’ll never forget the impact our first Apple computer made when it was introduced into my studio back in […]

Whole Man exterior

Men only

Previous attempts at creating innovative retail spaces for male grooming have met strong consumer resistance, but changing attitudes could mean the latest entrants are more successful, says Clare DowdyMale grooming is here, promising us the opening up of a new market, as brands position themselves to tap into a formerly neglected demographic segment.We know it’s […]

Space exploration

Finding the right office isn’t easy, and can sometimes take years. Should you buy or lease? Go upmarket or up-and-coming? Look at London or the regions? Trish Lorenz tries to answer some of these questions If you think moving home is stressful, you clearly haven’t been responsible for an office move recently. Not only do […]

Russia Missile

On the brink

Torn between nostalgia and a tentative optimism, Russian art and design may not be renowned for its playfulness, but Yolanda Zappaterra finds some rather witty and whimsical works coming out of Russian design studios at the momentLondon seems to be awash with Russian creativity at the moment, from a celebration of Russian Futurism at the […]

Swarovski 3

Glitter bugs

Amid the chink of glasses and the sparkle of the party scene, the Swarovski Crystal Palace is one of the most dazzling stars on this week’s Milan exhibition circuit, says Fiona Sibley

Theatres Trust

300Million evolves Theatres Trust identity

The Theatres Trust, the national advisory body which promotes the protection of theatres, is to launch an overhauled brand identity by 300million.The organisation provides advice and information, and champions the value and protection of theatre buildings.Appointed in January after a four-way pitch against undisclosed competitors to assess the TT’s branding and communications, 300million has been […]

Science Museum Plastics

Plastics show at the Science Museum

The Science Museum is to kick off an exhibition next month charting 100 years of plastic-making since the invention of Bakelite, with design by Gitta Gschwendtner and Kerr Noble.They were appointed to develop the space for the Plasticity show last November, following a credentials pitch against two undisclosed consultancies.According to Gschwendtner, the brief was to […]

Art 07

Glorious brands Arts Council NW arts event

Manchester-based Glorious Creative has been appointed to brand Art07, the Art Council’s annual event for promoting arts in the North West.Glorious will also design marketing material including programmes, exhibitor information and promotional literature, as well as merchandise.According to Glorious managing director Scott McCubbin, the group was briefed to ‘stimulate community engagement and involvement with the […]

Jungle Groove

Council and Consul promote emerging UK talent at Milan

The Milan furniture fair is exploding into the city this week and two UK Government-backed organisations are grabbing the opportunity to promote emerging British design talent at the event.The British Council, in collaboration with the Design Museum, is to present an exhibition of five promising British designers during the fair. Hosted by Sir Paul Smith […]

It’s possible to realise a bigger vision and stay independent

You have to be nimble in design. Anyone who has run a consultancy will tell of the thrills and spills involved in staying in business in such a volatile, and often undervalued, sector. It’s no fun losing pitches, laying off staff or paying off partners quitting the group. Successful management buyouts are, meanwhile, relatively rare […]

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