The two faces of Bayley

High-profile figures often provoke strong reactions. Hugh Pearman analyses the possible reasons for our antipathy towards design guru Stephen Bayley

Retail chain makes horse riding ‘funky’

Horse riding is set to be revolutionised with the launch of a new chain of fashion riding wear stores backed by national show jumping champion Emma Jane Brown. The first Riding Revolution store is due to open this September in London’s Knightsbridge with a retail identity by March Minale (son of Marcello Minale) and interiors […]


Vacuum cleaner millionaire James Dyson can now publish his autobiography, Against the Odds, with publisher Orion still to decide the final publication date. Publication was delayed by disagreements with American corporation Amway, which objected to mentions of its legal battle with Dyson (DW 30 May). Cuts to the text are now believed to have been […]

Technology market led by branding and image

Brands are the most powerful sales driver in the hi-tech sector, with consumers making emotional, rather than rational, purchase decisions, a new report reveals. Interbrand Schechter’s study The Power of Simultaneous Branding was carried out in the US in response to the widening audience in the technology sector, along with shortened product life-cycle and increased […]


The Partners has designed a brochure for Watson, Farley & Williams, a medium-sized law firm specialising in shipping, finance and litigation.

Something for nothing

Label-maker Avery has a special offer for Design Week readers. The first ten people to call its consumer centre on 0800 80 50 20 will receive free gift packs, worth more than 70 including LabelPro for Windows software and laser printer slide labels.

Minor tweaks keep Asda out of court

ASDA is maintaining its maverick stance in the copycat debate by tweaking packaging of its controversial spirits brands as part of an out-of-court settlement with Grand Metropolitan. The companies had been due to meet in court following claims by GrandMet’s spirits division IDV, that some Asda own-brand products copied its brands (DW 13 December 1996). […]

The tale of a tail and a squiggle

Lynda Relph-Knight follows the evolution of BA’s new identity and evaluates the result. Although BA’s investment and belief in design is commendable, perhaps the identity doesn’t go far enough in creating a strong visual language, she says

Sainsbury’s to try fresh look

Sainsbury’s, which lost its market-leading position to Tesco, is reviewing its brand identity in a bid to recover lost ground. The plan is believed to involve a new trading identity for Sainsbury’s 379 stores. The retailer is believed to be working with Nucleus Design. Nucleus managing director Peter Matthews declined to comment. Andrew Ground, Sainsbury’s […]

Ghastly greetings

Occasions such as Father’s Day provide huge commercial opportunities to the ‘gift’ trade. Matthew Valentine hears two different views from designer fathers

Continental flavour given by coffee bean

Manchester design group Montage Bridgewater Barron has created the graphics for Java Bar Espresso, the first of a proposed chain of coffee bars. Brothers Colin and Keith Loftus have opened the first café in the heart of Manchester’s clubland and worked on interiors themselves. They are planning further outlets in Greater Manchester and other UK […]

Wolff Olins management buyout sorted

Wolff Olins, one of design’s last independent major players, has completed a management buyout pricing the group at 6-8m. The new management team comprises managing director Charles Wright, head of consultancy John Williamson, creative director Doug Hamilton and client services director Kate Manasian. The three former shareholders will stay involved with co-founder Wally Olins, who […]

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