14 August 1997


Architect ORMS has transformed the lower two floors of a 19th century building in London’s Covent Garden, into a bar for Lord Bradford. The bar, called Porters, is next to Lord Bradford’s Henrietta Street restaurant. ORMS has mixed traditional, high quality materials with a modern design approach using sand-blasted toughened glass, oak and steel.

Running interference

Quora rival Wacom has brought out eight pressure-sensitive plug-ins which work with such as Photoshop, Painter, Corel PhotoPaint and others – and of course the Wacom tilt and pressure sensitive pen. PenTools include Noise, Despeckler, Virtual Airbrush, Dust and Scratches, Super Putty, Metal Leafer, 3D Chisel and Bit Blaster. Noise, incidentally is the antique faker’s […]


Winners of the Pentagram Gallery Awards, selected from work at the Association of Illustrators, Images 21 last year, will be on show from 18 August – 26 September. Illustrators Ian Pollock, Andrew Potter, Paul Slater and David Hughes were chosen by the partners at Pentagram for their outstanding work. Venue: Pentagram Gallery, 11 Needham Road, […]

A clockwork wind-up

First there was the clockwork radio, now there is the clockwork computer. No, it’s not a wind-up. Trevor Baylis, the inventor of the aforesaid award-winning wireless, is planning his latest venture. Baylis, who founded BayGen, has been discussing his brainwave with Apple Computer. “We may or may not be working with Apple, we’ll form a […]

Londis cola by Design House

Convenience grocer Londis has introduced an own-brand cola with name and packaging by Design House. – The pack features the US national symbol, the bald eagle, to convey the American heritage of cola.


Throughout the Edinburgh Fringe Festival a number of events are taking place including the jewellery exhibition Dazzle, being held for the 14th time. On show will be work by 46 leading names in contemporary jewellery design including Karin Kratz’s “lateral-thinking jewellery”, Sheila McDonald’s exquisitely coloured enamel and silver and Annabet Wyndham and Sarah Packington’s one-off […]

Team Saatchi gets terminal

Team Saatchi’s identity for the PayPoint project, which enables payment of electricity, gas, water and telephone bills at petrol stations and retail outlets, launches next month. PayPoint terminals will be situated on tills in more than 7000 stores where they will compete against other strong visual identities such as Lottery terminals. The yellow and purple […]

What’s the connection between BA, champagne and Picasso?

Having arrived back from holiday recently, I notice that the new British Airways livery is still under discussion. – This has prompted me to write and draw a comparison which I don’t think has been made yet – the idea of using different artists for the sa

In the frame

Version 5.5 of the cross-platform Adobe FrameMaker suite has just been announced and will be available in a month or so. The company claims the new version includes improvements in automatic hypertext, smart HTML conversion, direct output to PDF files and enhanced colour support. The Mac version offers support for pro pre-press activities such as […]

Dream on and on…

Ray Dream Studio 5, the 3D app, is now billed for, probably, September, courtesy of new owner MetaCreations. Hope it’s a bit cheerier than the lacklustre beta version being hawked around the European media circuit recently. It now includes the so-called “hand-drawn” ThinkFish Natural-Media rendering technology and supports Intel MMX Pentiums and symmetric multi-processing on […]

Magic marker

Quora are less well known than they should be as manufactures of excellent tablet/pen combos. Now they’ve brought out this fascinating whiteboard. There you are fighting off an attack of the deep sleeps as the trapezoidal presentation screen flops about in the noisy wind of the overhead projector motor. No actually you’re watching an image […]

JKR sweetens import brand for Cadbury’s

Cadbury’s is importing two new chocolate brands to the UK. Astros have been brought in from South Africa to rival Smarties. Jones Knowles Ritchie redesigned the packs to make Astros more appealing to British consumers. The round sweets are targeted at older children and teenagers who make up a third of Britain’s snacking sector. “They […]

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