13 March 1997

Philips takes the drain with new batteries

Philips has unveiled a new longer-lasting and more powerful battery for appliances which drain batteries quickly. Packaging for PowerLife has been designed by DJPA. PowerLife product group manager Ruud Jona says: “In the future we foresee that even more high-drain personal products will enter the market.” The battery is suitable for travel razors, remote-controlled toys […]

Starck plans pension at 50

Philippe Starck says he plans to retire in 1999 when he reaches 50. The leading French designer is meanwhile taking a more ethical stance in his work and has turned down projects such as a leather luggage range for Hermès that does not comply with his bel


The Design Council’s Design In Education Week starts on 17 March. Its aim is to promote excellence in design and forge links between education and business. Key events include Future Gazers conferences in London and Glasgow, a Science Museum basement lecture by designers Ben Kelly and Dinah Casson and lectures by the Chartered Society of […]

Lever wipes away old look

Light & Coley continues its decade-long working relationship with Scottish cigarette brand Club by designing the 1997/98 gift catalogue and revamping the Club Gift Centre in Glasgow.

London gown and out

Working from home can be a double-edged sword: you get to lie in and watch daytime TV, but open yourself up to all manner of work-related accidents. Such as that which afflicted Ruth Somerfield, brand manager at design consultancy Revolution, who often works from home. Finding herself out of fax paper early one recent cold […]

Wolff Olins sets cement identity

The fourth biggest cement manufacturer in the world, The Italcementi Group, has a new corporate identity to promote itself in an industry formerly dominated by family-owned businesses. Design is by Wolff Olins. The company was formed through the acquisition of French company Cimentis Français by Italcementi in Italy in 1992. Wolff Olins, which started work […]


Brand development and design group Haines McGregor has created packaging for a new range of fruit infusions from Tetley GB, which are currently being launched. MetaDesign has appointed Frances Jackson as senior designer. Jackson was previously in a similar role at The Partners. Lumsden Design Partnership has created the new reception area for Interbrand’s Covent […]

Giving credit where it’s due in design award

I was pleased to receive this year’s copy of the Design Week Awards supplement. It’s always good to see what’s happening in the design industry and get a snap-shot of the current level of creative quality that currently exists in the UK. However, I was a little surprised when I saw shortlisted entries in the […]

Hit the rewind button

Once you’ve bought something these days, it’s almost obsolete, remarks Hugh Pearman. But stalwarts are here to ensure certain products never go out of fashion

Scottish gatecrasher blows the blag pipes

The prize for Top Blagger at the Design Week Awards went to a certain Scottish lassie whose account handling skills came in useful as she negotiated her way into the Natural History Museum after the dinner, without a ticket, and with a pal. It was all done for the best possible motives, however, not at […]

Flights of fancy for Britannia

Britannia Airways, the UK’s biggest charter airline, began talks with Luxon Carr nearly three years ago, initially with regard to exterior aircraft livery. After extensive research showed that the overall Britannia identity was strong and well liked, attention turned to the on-board brand, Royal Service. Initially introduced to differentiate the airline, it was thought that […]

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