DTI trip proves to be ‘a turkey’

Designers attending the Department of Trade and Industry trade trip to a medical show in New York last week have returned disappointed. The trip was part of the DTI’s North America Now campaign to promote UK design consultancies to US medical firms. The DTI is hoping to take advantage of changes in US legislation which […]


The insurance underwriters in the Lloyd’s syndicate called AF Beazley & Others are introducing a new name, Beazley, and a corporate identity designed by Lloyd Northover – Glazer has won a three-way credentials pitch for the design of a range of marketi

Tell us, Mr Fink, where we are all going wrong

So, the British Design and Art Direction president Graham Fink says that this year’s entries to the D&AD Awards “just weren’t up to scratch” (DW 17 May). Consequently, only one gold and 28 silvers have been presented. We wonder, then, if the other 15 471 entries are all missing something intrinsic to our industry. Mr […]

Fashion Clinic opens its pilot store in Lisbon

The University of Paisley is enticing prospective students with a new 1997/98 prospectus designed by Edinburgh design consultancy EH6. The complete redesign of the 104-page document uses reportage-style photography and bold images to attract what the group terms ‘like-minded’ students. Divided into two sections, the prospectus starts with a magazine which is trimmed at its […]


Geology does not conjure up the most exciting of images, but the generally dry image is about to be challenged by the Natural History Museum’s Earth Galleries. The museum will open its largest single exhibition project since 1881 on 20 July, with three galleries designed by Met Studio, Neal Potter and Event. Neal Potter has […]

Imagination impresses millennium sponsors

A “thrilling” presentation of Imagination’s millennium exhibition design concepts to business chiefs has helped secure vital funding for the ailing project. Airports operator BAA has pledged up to 10m, subject to a sound financial plan emerging. Imagination’s managing director Gary Withers and marketing director Ralph Ardill gave what National Heritage Secretary Virginia Bottomley describes as […]

Package deals

Designer and client have to work very closely in packaging and branding. In a relationship which can make or break the project, how well do they communicate, and what do they expect from each other? Helen Jones examines both sides

Clearing up doubts about Business Links

I refer to a letter from Mr Hasset (DW 31 May) where he appears to be missing the point of Business Links. His claims are largely inaccurate and totally unsupported by my experience to date. With support from the Design Council and the Department of Trade and Industry, the aims of design counsellors in Business […]

Renfrewshire rejects 500 in logo free-pitch

Design consultancies who joined in a 500-strong free-pitch have been rejected by Renfrewshire District Council, which has shortlisted three logo concepts by non-designers. A “large proportion” of the submissions were from “design houses and professionals”, says a council spokesman. The council is offering a sole prize of 1000 to the creator of the winning entry. […]

Chart topper for pop centre

Sheffield’s National Centre for Popular Music has appointed London’s The Visual Connection as project co-ordinator. The appointment is for a three-month contract and the consultancy will be paid 50 000 for working on the initial phase.

‘Selling show’ fails to attract

Last week’s first European Designer show in Maastricht has come under fire from UK participants “disappointed” by low attendance figures. But the organiser vows to continue with a similar event in 1997, claiming that what the show lacked in visitor numbers it gained in quality. Some 30 000 visitors were anticipated by organiser MECC for […]

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