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Manchester Literature Festival rebrands

Manchester Literature Festival is set to reinvent itself next month under a radically different identity, created by Mark Studio.The festival, now in its third year, is evolving with an expanding programme, according to festival director Cathy Bolton, and needed a flexible and forward-looking brand to take it into the next phase.The existing logo, by Astill […]

The Lost Ring alternate reality game, created for McDonald’s by AKQA and ARG pioneer Jane McGoniton. The ambitious project features design and production values of a blockbuster movie and attracted more than a million participants

Is ‘advergaming’ the future?

Advergaming has grown into a powerful, design-dependent medium, embraced by everyone from fast-food giants to Bupa and the Science Museum. Margaret Robertson wields the joystick in the lucrative terrain between advertising, gaming and designAdvertisers and their design brethren have long used a variety of means for targeting consumers. Over the decades they’ve flattered them, frightened […]

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Tasting the latest food retail concepts

London’s streets are awash with food retail concepts that muddy their offers with coffee and sandwiches. Clare Dowdy looks at three new players taking a different approach, using branding and interiors to stand out in this crowded marketAre London’s consumers really gagging for a cup cake, a hotdog or a pot of frozen yogurt? Three […]

Quando freezer bag fastener, which offers memo assistance as the date of freezing can be set on a scale. Designed by Mieke Langer

So what exactly is universal design

‘Age is not an illness’ blasts designer Diana Kraus in Oliver Herwig’s book Universal Design: Solutions for Barrier-free Living. Another page is devoted to another quote, this one by James Irvine, who says, ‘good design is universal design’. Both comments

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Seeing Green

With designers a crucial ingredient in almost every product that gets made, our potential impact as a force for change is enormous. And the first place to start, when thinking about how to be more sustainable, is with your own studio. If you can’t bring yourself to be motivated by the climate crisis, then perhaps […]

Rule of thumb

There are an overwhelming number of rules and regulations governing all things Green. There are also an increasing number of Governmental agencies, not-for-profits and industry bodies producing information on sustainable issues, plus a riot of conferences, seminars and competitions. A dedicated portal for designers collating every rule, reg and resource would be heaven-sent. Until then, […]

Robert Horne’s Revive CarbonNeutral paper range

Green light for change

Print is a significant part of design work – and designers’ incomes – yet specifying sustainable paper is an eco minefield. Simon Creasey looks at how designers can fulfil their Green aspirations without compromising qualityOn the face of it, Greening your print should be a straightforward process. You find a printer with a Green accreditation, […]

Murray Grove, a ninestorey timber tower in London, designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects

Rocking the cradle

The best design thinking has moved on from ideas about reducing consumption and minimising eco-damage, says Henrietta Thompson. They still matter, but the new cradle-to-cradle thinking is about avoiding such damage in the first placeEveryone knows what an eco-efficient building looks like – it’s the one with the windmills on top. Inside, the aesthetics are […]

The Apple MacBook Air is high in energy efficiency, making it one of the ‘Greenest’ laptops available

The full service

With businesses everywhere looking to achieve greater levels of sustainability, John Stones examines the track record of three design-led companies, and asks if upgrading products rather than replacing them could be the next logical stepProduct design and sustainability are not the happiest of bedfellows. Business models have long been predicated on planned obsolescence, creating a […]

The Design Council’s Bikeoff research resulted in this ‘safer bike stand’, here seen being piloted outside Senate House in London

Means to an end

What happens when end-users become involved in design? How does it affect the design process, and what effect does it have on sustainability? Clare Dowdy explores the concept of co-design, which sees designers adopting a participatory approachCommunity design, inclusive design, design participation, co-creation, co-production. They are all various terms for what the design community is […]

The Trouble With Dragons by Debi Gliori

Happily ever after?

One way to change the future of the planet is to influence the next generation. Nick Smurthwaite looks at illustrated eco books for children, which are capturing imaginations and getting the Green message across without being preachyIt took Debi Gliori two years to come up with the idea for her children’s picture book, The Trouble […]

‘Bag-in-box’ packaging developed by Design Bridge for Johnson Diversey’s Omo liquid detergent

Waste not, want not

With waste packaging volumes continuing to increase, the need for designers to contribute to the development of sustainable products has now become more urgent than ever. Paul Gander looks at the many challenges posed by eco-designPackaging waste generated in the UK has exceeded 10 million tonnes per annum in the second half of this decade […]

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