James Lambert for Forest of Light

Clerkenwell mix

In London’s Clerkenwell you can’t turn a corner without bumping into a design showroom, studio or practitioner. So the new Clerkenwell Design Week – ’a three-day festival in London’s creative heart’ – makes perfect sense, and its mix of events and installation looks promising. From 25 May, designers will present their new collections, showrooms will […]

No limits?

Flexible branding may be an old concept, but multiple platforms and user-generation are adding new possibilities for easily configurable customisation – all it needs to work properly is adequate oversight and management. John Stones reports

True North’s graphic identity for the Queer Up North festival in Manchester, featured on six- sheet and 48-sheet goldcoloured billboards, and on a building wrap

Sheet attitude

Some say big posters represent a dying medium, but their directness and simplicity have long made them a fixture in the world of music and cultural festivals. Anna Richardson looks at some graphic approaches to the big scale dotted around cities throughout the UK this summer

Laura Carlin

Profile: Laura Carlin

The irony of the situation won’t be lost on Laura Carlin when she gives a talk about her career in illustration at the Apple Store on London’s Regent Street on 24 May. Surrounded by all of Apple’s lovely hardware, she’ll be talking about her own approach. It’s one that embraces traditional media without a trace […]


What would you do with the London 2012 Olympic stadium once the games have finished, and why?

Reunited – if only the Apple employee had been as lucky

Following news of the Apple employee who apparently left an in-development iPhone in a bar, you asked the question – what is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever lost? Travelling on the Tube recently, I woke up just in time to see the platform sign flash into sight. Bleary eyed, I leapt towards the closing […]

Is any CSD certification scheme worth the trouble?

The Chartered Society of Designers member who contacted you, preferring not to be named, about the delays and lack of detail in the CSD’s application to the Privy Council to set up a designer certification scheme (News, DW 1 April), refers to CSD affixes as ’light assessments’ and to chartership as ’hardcore’. Okay, in the […]

The benefits of a consortium application

In response to David Bartholomew (Letters, DW 29 April), who referred to my consultancy Bell Design and its application to work for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (News, DW 15 April), I would like to stress that Bell itself is not bidding for the DCSF Integrated Service Provider tender. We are part of […]

Inspired: Zoë Bather – Studio 8 Design

I first saw Stanley Spencer’s Shipbuilding on the Clyde series in London’s Imperial War Museum. My A-level art dissertation was on Spencer and I wrote to the IWM to ask if I could see the paintings. They weren’t on display at the time, but it agreed to get them out of storage for an afternoon. […]

Best of the Web

http://tiny.cc/ds25kInformation is Beautiful is a site created by David McCandless – a London-based writer and designer – who looks at facts, ideas and statistics to develop patterns and charts, instead of analysing by words. His latest ’information’ design is a chart of what colour means in different cultures. http://tiny.cc/67cbuThe Island is a map of London […]

Not so Smartie

The trend towards super-sizing products fulfils no basic human need, and surely denotes more than a hint of fat-headedness on the part of the designers involved, says Hugh Pearman

Sony’s collaboration with Barber Osgerby at the Milan furniture fair

Leading by design

Pop-up stores, anechoic chambers and sustainable bags are just some of the initiatives being adopted by major brands repositioning themselves to cope with changing markets. Tom Banks investigates these design-led strategies

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