The first in a planned chain of consumer electronics stores has opened in Dubai using a new interiors format created by London design group Portland. Plug-Ins is owned by Dubai trading group Al-Futtaim, which aims to develop the name into a leading brand. Using the retail brand message: ‘It’s not about technology but what it can do for you,’ the store aims to educate and inspire shoppers, while avoiding reliance on technology-led supplier advertising. Plug-Ins, which measures nearly 2000m2, uses the concept of futuristic travel ports to help customers move around the store. A circular ‘launch-pad’ to the radiating store plan, runway-like walkways and giant videoscreens are also used.
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Design studio Start has created Folio, an online platform where the university’s 20,000 art and design students can upload their own work, and like and share other people’s.
Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv has redesigned the tennis tournament’s logo, drawing inspiration from its existing flaming ball symbol.
Else creative director and partner Dave Dunlop traveled to Austin Texas to find out how designers are increasingly embracing socially responsible tech solutions, which have “inclusion and empowerment” at their