Small design groups can work to help themselves

I write in response to your recent News in Depth article which suggests that Government support is not particularly set up for small creative businesses.Design Leicestershire is a good example of small – and large – privately run design consultancies collaboratively working with the regional development agency to mould and shape its support. The net […]

Scottish Water brainstorm


Apologies to Scottish Water for choosing its work to illustrate my point. To be honest, it could have been almost anyone, but these designs particularly inspire me and, let’s face it, they’re beauties.

Chris Bangle, BMW

BMW research links design with ‘driver attachment’

Even in this highly charged era of climate change, the British love of four wheeled-vehicles endures.Yet the link between design and our attachment to the experience of driving a car has been relatively unexplored until now – a gap that a new report published by BMW last week aims to fill.The report, ‘The secret life […]

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The Crafts Council

The Crafts Council has unveiled a logo refresh and updated print collateral, by Intro. The latest identity (right) is part of its strategic push to strengthen the UK as a global centre for contemporary craft. The reworking of the marque, according to Intro, has been kept to a minimum, to retain the recognition of the […]

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If books could kill

Gruesome health warnings may have stubbed out the art of cigarette pack and matchbook design, but their forms smoulder on, appropriated by more worthy products. Fiona Sibley investigates


Silver service

The over-50s may have more time and money than other age groups, but targeting this demanding demographic can be a challenge: digital communication has to be accessible, functional and informative

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Drag race

Caravan designers are now thinking outside the beige box, with streamlined styles and innovations that complement today’s active, outdoor lifestyles. They also enable users to take a break without adding to their air miles

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Government departments get interim look prior to rebranding

The creation of new Government departments under Prime Minister Gordon Brown looks set to lead to major branding projects.Both the Department of Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, which replaces the Department of Trade and Industry, and the newly created Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills have undertaken interim identity work, but have indicated that they […]

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Early Scottish Neolithic story told in multimedia Half Life show

Atmospheric forests and ancient Scottish burial sites provide the setting for Half Life, a monumental art installation staged around Kilmartin Glen in Argyll this September.The brainchild of creative director Angus Farquar, and co-produced by environmental arts charity NVA with the National Theatre of Scotland, the event will tell audiences the story of Scotland’s early Neolithic […]

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O Street brings digital dynamism to EIFF identity

This year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival is set to open next month, with an identity and brand language created by O Street.It is the first time the branding has been refreshed in four years, and festival head of marketing Kate Park explains that the aim was to take the identity ‘into the digital age’.‘It needed […]


FitchLive to target the live events sector

WPP has its sights on becoming a major player in the live events market, with the launch of FitchLive.Speaking this week about the move, the newly formed group’s managing director Paul Cowan lays down the gauntlet to the established players in the experiential field, saying he wants ‘not just to challenge Jack Morton and Imagination, […]

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