13 January 2005

Designers must be both engineers and stylists

James Dyson’s recent Dimbleby Lecture presented the case for engineering as the saviour of 21st century Britain, urging us to get over our obsession with superficial styling and concentrate on making things.


On Tuesday 18 January from 5-7pm, Margaret Briffa, Michael Johnson and Maxine Horn will give an insight into their professional experience during Graphic Designers: Is your copyright going cheap? Entry free, but ticketed. Booking: www.own-it.org/events Venue: The Design Council, 34 Bow Street, London WC2.

Zimmi shines with Allies branding

Allies has designed an identity and branding for start-up diamond retailer Zimmi, and is set to create interiors, a website, print material and packaging for the company. The brand and identity launch this month, ahead of the retail launch. This is planned for later this year, when a suitable London location – probably close to […]


The Typocircle St Brides hosts its inaugural third-Tuesday monthly social event on 18 January from 6.30pm. Venue: The Punch Tavern, 99 Fleet Street, London EC4Y.

Pearlfisher’s identity a catch for Spoylt lingerie

Pearlfisher has created the brand identity for Spoylt, a new independent retailer specialising in luxury lingerie, due to launch in the UK and the US in February. The consultancy was appointed last July. It has created a marque and retail concept for Spoylt, which will run across all retail and corporate items, including bags, stationery, […]

Designers could cash in on weak Christmas sales

Christmas failed to sparkle as strongly on the high street as it did on-line, according to a report from retail analyst Verdict. Its E-retail 2005 research shows that Internet retailers have enjoyed record sales, jumping by 44.5 per cent year-on-year in the last quarter to £2.6bn. Meanwhile, the lacklustre high street sales have prompted a […]

Steers McGillan to deliver mail range

The British Postal Museum & Archive, an organisation responsible for managing Royal Mail heritage, is planning to open a multi-million pound museum by 2008 and has appointed Steers McGillan to develop merchandise ranges which showcase visuals from its col

Qualtex found guilty

Vacuum cleaner manufacturer Dyson has won a case in the High Courts of Justice against Qualtex, a supplies company that was infringing Dyson’s design rights. In a ruling just before Christmas, a judge found that the Chinese manufacturer that produces spare parts to sell to Qualtex has been copying visual elements of Dyson products, which […]

Pure refreshes Goldspot packaging

Pure has refreshed the packaging for breath freshener product Goldspot, which is manufactured by the personal grooming and homecare brand group LornaMead. The designs see the gold-coloured canister become matt black in an attempt to promote a ‘funkier’ image and reach a wider audience. Goldspot launches in Boots the Chemists and across selected supermarkets from […]


Source the best design-led gifts and interior accessories at Top Drawer Spring, from 16-18 January. Venue: Earls Court One, London SW5.

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