Debenhams plans expansion

Debenhams is to open Café Venues in all its new premises, as part of a plan to increase the number of stores by 10 per cent over the next five years.


Halfords is producing a Lumbar range of back support products for motorists. The supports were designed after consultation with the National Back Pain Association and back specialist The McKenzie Institute International. Roundel, which designed the packaging, uses bold colours and clear, simple type to produce an end result which is characteristic of Halfords. ‘The visual […]

Protecting the integrity of the concept is crucial

I was delighted to read Richard Murray’s article (DW 23 April). In it he was bemoaning the lack of integrity to the original concept as projects reach their completion. And “efficiency” takes its toll. It’s about time we recognised this dilemma.

Size Matters

The world is getting smaller, we keep being told, and yet design consultancies feel they must grow in order to get their teeth into the big multinational clients. Fitch is the latest to give its expansionist aspirations a boost it has formed an agreement with US fund Lighthouse for a recommended cash offer to allow […]

Mather at South Bank

Rick Mather Architects has been appointed as the lead consultant for the South Bank Centre development project in London. ‘What impressed us most was his [Rick Mather’s] superb intellect, his practical approach and his will to tackle the project…’ says South Bank Centre chairman Elliot Bernerd. The masterplanner will produce options for the Lottery- funded […]

Fitch de-listing to go ahead

The acquisition of Fitch by US fund Lighthouse has been approved by the holders of 97 per cent of Fitch shares, meaning that the deal has in effect been completed bar technicalities. Fitch’s non-executive directors are now preparing to resign, but a spokeswoman says it is “business as usual” at the group. The consultancy is […]


Warm and vibrant colours and images are used in titles and stings for K Club, a new interactive programme for children. Shortly to be screened on education and learning channel BBC Knowledge, the show is intended to encourage children to use the resources of the Internet. Graphic designer Kevin Hill of BBC Resources designed the […]


The Hulton Getty Picture Collection is about to launch the third catalogue in the archive’s series of portrait photography. The black and white Well Connected book links famous faces, such as Michael Caine (above), across each double page spread through visual connections. ‘Hulton Getty gets a lot of work from the editorial market but this […]

Scottish Parliament

Edinburgh consultancy Redpath has completed the identity and implementation guidelines for the new Scottish Parliament. The identity will be carried across all communications material. Redpath pitched against five groups in February and was appointed to the task in March.

Fern Green gets its teeth into Boots

Boots Dentalcare has unveiled its first high street outlet, in Milton Keynes, with interiors created by Fern Green Partnership. A chain of five further outlets is planned this year, representing further diversification by the Boots group, which already operates pharmacies, stores and opticians outlets. The Milton Keynes practice features two treatment rooms and four hygienist […]


Published by the Design Museum, Modern Britain is edited by James Peto and Donna Loveday and retails at 21.95. The book looks at the work of modernist architects, artists and designers. Contact: 0161-200 1502. Hertzian Tales by Dunne & Raby partner Anthony Dunne is published by Royal College of Art Computer Related Design Research publications. […]

Alliance against celluloid

There is something out there even bigger than the Star Wars prequel. It will also be credited to Hollywood giant George Lucas. Digital film is set to end the era of celluloid, and with it change the look and feel of big screen cinema in just about every sense. Take off your anorak, put on […]

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