Enlightened designer Mike Cotts is hoping to revolutionise the funeral industry with his New Era coffins, fashioned from plastic in an ‘organic shape’ and designed to be personalised to suit the deceased. Anything from floral designs, water effects or your team colours can be applied to the coffin. And the plastic biodegrades after six months. ‘I want to make funerals a more uplifting experience,’ says Cotts. ‘The wooden, gothic coffin is too depressing.’ But wouldn’t cremation be more ‘uplifting’?
Spanning everything from graphics to transport design, the 10th iteration of the annual awards and exhibition includes a search and rescue drone that assists refugees and the national place branding
The latest in his series on assumptions, business adviser John Scarrott considers potential pitfalls and how designers can sell their services more successfully.
Layer has designed the kit of five, multi-purpose products, including a two-in-one charger and USB stick, and a phone case that turns into a fitness band and wallet.
The new gov.uk service will look to make it easier for users to find, apply and pay for more than 100 different types of licences.