Among the features of BT’s new Response 2000 phone and digital answering machine is the option to record any sound for the unit’s ringing signal – allowing the user to hear their dog bark or a favourite piece of music when the phone rings. The digital circuitry and memory is key to the features of the phone, manufactured by Fife firm Phonebox. The styling is by BT’s established product design supplier Random Product Design. Central to the design is the large, menu-driven display screen which eases use of the features through a Windows-like interface. Barrie Weaver’s consultancy Weaver Associates was brought in to engineer the phone’s internal layout, oversee prototyping and source suppliers. Phonebox managing director Timothy Laing says: ‘We concentrated on a user-friendly design to ensure easy access to its sophisticated features.’
Curated by Sea Design, the exhibition focuses on the geometric identity created by consultancy Roundel, which was used on British Rail’s freight trains in the 1980s and 1990s.
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Last week, we wrote about a series of long-lost Suffragette posters used to fight for women’s right to vote and work in the early 20th century. Now, we ask designers
The graphics of clubbing has been celebrated in a new book by designer Rick Banks. Now, designers reflect on their favourite nightclub identities from over the decades.