13 December 2007

Rich pickings

One of the first big people moves of the year was the decision by Fitch’s managing director, Tim Greenhalgh, to relinquish control of the consultancy to become the network’s chief creative director. Much later, in September, Tim Watson was appointed by Fitch as its new managing director. In February, Interbrand snapped up Rune Gustafson as […]

Parliamentary support boosts future for Dott

The Designs of the Time festival was given Parliamentary support last week, at an open committee meeting held in London’s Westminster. The year-long sustainable design festival, organised in the North East of England by the Design Council and One North East, is likely to be followed up in both Cornwall and Scotland in 2009. The […]

Daily Mirror brings in top Spanish group for redesign

Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace has hired Spanish design group Cases Associats to give the tabloid a new look, before its switch to full-colour production next year.The Barcelona-based design team has produced a dummy of the revamped paper, which only a select number of executives at parent company Trinity Mirror has seen. The Mirror has […]

999 Design confirmed as sole consultancy for Freeview

Digital TV provider Freeview has retained 999 Design as its only design consultancy following a shake-up of its media groups. Earlier this year, advertising agency DLKW, digital consultancy Grand Union and media group Mediaedge CIA were appointed by Freeview to handle its TV, outdoor and on-line advertising and media planning and buying respectively. This month, […]

Firmdale dons Green mantle for luxury New York hotel debut

Firmdale Hotels, the group behind London’s Haymarket Hotel and Charlotte Street Hotel, has claimed its forthcoming string of luxury five-star New York establishments will be the ‘Greenest in the city’.The group is hoping to win gold Leed status – a rating awarded by the US Green Building Council – for its Crosby Street Hotel. It […]

Filter the digital talent pool

Creatives – in our case digital designers – have to be treated differently to technical or account management teams if you want to recruit, manage and provide a flourishing environment for them. There has been a touch of hysteria over the past few months regarding the perceived lack of available talent in the digital design […]


Whatever your field of work, if the phone rings and it’s Time magazine on the line wanting to know more, you’re probably doing something right. A few weeks ago this very thing happened to Dublin-based industrial designer Ian Walton who, ‘out of the blue’, found that a two-year-old prototype designed with university colleague Eoin McNally […]

Audio branding has to be part of strategy to make a difference

Kudos for bringing the role of sound to a broader audience (Comment, DW 15 November). It’s obviously one of the most powerful, but overlooked tools a communicator has in his or her toolbox. I’d suggest taking it a step further, and connect the significance of strategic sound to a brand’s bottom line: most large companies […]

Designers have to help charities break down prejudices

Michael Wolff has now twice criticised the Alzheimer’s Society’s use of the word ‘dementia’ in its logo (Letters, DW 4 October and 29 November). While his points are considered and reasoned, he misunderstands my support of the society’s stance (Letters, DW 11 October). Of course, I am not supporting abusive language; I am fighting for […]

Greener packaging will not stop climate change

Each week we read about eco-friendly packaging and environmentally conscious design solutions, as in the Season’s Greenings feature (DW 29 November). Really, a reusable pine cone cracker… Isn’t it just puffed-up designers thinking they can make a difference to climate change by poncing about with slightly lighter-footed substrates, or worse still, trying to shift more […]


Random House’s dust jacket redesigns for its Thomas Pynchon series are to feature bold illustrations on the covers. What are the pros and cons of illustration over photography when it comes to designing covers for fiction? When I first joined Random House in 2000, hardly any illustration was commissioned. The trend was photography. Seven years […]

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