12 February 1998

Grey powering format

As Hugh Pearman makes his reluctant predictions for the architects and designers of the next decade, he realises that tomorrow’s heroes may actually be today’s over-60s

End of the road for own-brands?

The bonanza years for own-brand packaging designers could be coming to an end, according to predictions last week. – Own-brand products now account for 45 per cent of packaged goods sold by the major supermarkets, or up to 55 per cent in Sainsbury’s store


A series of 24 portraits of leading black achievers in British society, Black Power, is the culmination of a project undertaken by Donald MacLellan. Each portrait is accompanied by a comment from the subject, outlining their feelings on their achievements, contributions and thoughts on being black and British. Until 14 June. Venue: Room 34, National […]

Primal screens

The resurgence of popularity that cinema is enjoying has prompted a number of exciting new projects. Yolanda Zappaterra looks at what contributes to flicks appeal

RPA gives Halifax a little extra help

Halifax has introduced a trial branch concept said to represent “a complete change in thinking and corporate culture”, developed by Retail Planning Associates. If successful the concept will roll out to all 900 sites. The branch interior focuses on providing space and customer service. A client spokesman says the comparison of Halifax branches to retail […]

Royal Mail down to 82

Royal Mail has invited 82 design consultancies to submit visual material as part of its Design Supplier Review selection process. The 82 were shortlisted from more than 180 consultancies and fall into five categories: literature, information design, digital media, internal communications and packaging (DW 23 January). The client will then hold a 30-way credentials pitch […]

TV Times

The increase in TV and satellite channels means that electronic programme guides are gaining more influence in helping you select what you watch. Steve Bowbrick tunes in. Steve Bowbrick is chairman of Webmedia Group.

BBC Northern Ireland’s caring programme

BBC Northern Ireland is broadcasting a community-based five-hour event called Making a Difference, to highlight the positive aspects of the caring culture in the province. The identity for the theme was created by County Down advertising and marketing group Ardmore for the BBC. The group won the job in a four-way unpaid creative pitch. Ardmore […]

Europe’s identity crisis

The UK has inherited the presidency at a time when confidence in the European Union is at an all-time low. Lynda ReIph-Knight reports on moves to promote better understanding


The Ted Happold memorial lecture, organised by the Royal Society of Arts, Representation in Building, is by Ove Arup director Steven Groak. The discussion will be about the tools used by architects to explore possibilities and issues in building. Michael Dickson, chairman of the Happold Trust, will chair the event on 18 February at 6pm. […]

Yellow Pages’ Tube of paint

Train painting is an activity traditionally confined to paunchy, middle-aged model enthusiasts, sporting glasses and a threadbare bodywarmer. But this project by Rufus Leonard for Yellow Pages is on a different scale altogether. It might not be the very first time a London Underground train has been painted, but it is certainly the most ambitious […]

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