14 March 1996

Design Council vision appears to be blurred

In response to Michael Rodber’s letter, John Boult of Product First raises an interesting point about criticism in the public arena (DW 1 March). I could feel my pulse quicken at the thought of some genuine bloodsport inferred by your heading “Stabbed by the rare sword of criticism”. However, just as I found myself agreeing, […]

Museum style decision near

The Victoria & Albert Museum will soon decide whether to appoint a consultancy to redesign its house style, following a presentation last week from Rufus Leonard.

All along the Swatch tower

Clock that expression. Ron Arad is watching your every move beneath the Swatch Art Clock tower he designed to “express his interpretation of Olympic values” at the Royal Festival Hall at London’s South Bank. The clock tower is one of 12 creations around the world, all commissioned by Swatch to keep anticipation ticking over in […]

Spanish college seeks industrial designers

Our design school in Barcelona is developing research studies on industrial products that reflect improved and inspired design. Our main interest is to build up a large database of industrial products that contains the name, reference, designer, producer, year of production and picture of each item recorded. We are contacting Design Week readers in search […]

Whitehall design buying reviewed

Government departments are reviewing the way they procure design in an effort to conform with the EC directive on public services contracts and a Government White Paper on forming closer relationships with suppliers. The Department of Health has embarked on its first Europe-wide anonymous credentials pitch to shake up its design roster. The DoH spends […]

KeyBank cashes in on virtual branch by FRCH

KeyBank of Washington is trialing a virtual bank branch featuring video games and an electronic hostess. The project is the first design work by New York group FRCH Design Worldwide for the bank. The futuristic stand-alone bank, aimed at the younger audience, is currently being piloted at the KeyArena sports and concerts venue in Seattle. […]

A city’s roots forgotten

Is Glasgow’s new Gallery of Modern Art a missed opportunity to showcase its past and build for the future? Instead of adding to the worldwide glut of modern art museums, a design museum would have been more representative of the city, says Janice Kirkpatr

Fry’s Cream repackaged

Wagstaffs has redesigned Fry’s Creams chocolate brand for Cadbury, after winning a free creative pitch for the project against Beresfords and Cadbury’s in-house design team. The consultancy’s concept, which includes product illustrations and a new colour palette, has been implemented by the Cadbury in-house team. “We created the concept and the Cadbury team did the […]


Graphic designer Vince Frost and his consultancy Frost Design have reaped an armload of awards for work on the Independent Magazine. The list of honours includes a gold award from the Society of Publication Designers in New York for this cover. And three other covers and three complete magazine editions took merits as well. The […]


Saturday 16 March Cartoons, technology and the Black American in consumerist US society influenced the work of painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose work is on show at the Serpentine Gallery, in this first solo show of his work since his death.

Late payers crackdown lauded

Design’s trade bodies have welcomed Prime Minister John Major’s promise to “embarrass” larger companies into paying their bills on time. Major will consult industry on tactics ranging from “whitelists” and “blacklists” to firms being forced to publish their performance on bills as well as their payment policies. The Government, a prime culprit, will not be […]

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