15 March 2007

Jonathan Crisp

News in Pictures

Jonathan Crisp is introducing a range of vegetable crisps, with packaging by Ziggurat Brands. The design follows earlier work for the brand by Ziggurat which adorned the packs with caricatures of stereotypical upper class British characters.

China could be a big market, but it’s a tough one to crack

It was China that famously sparked off Gordon Brown’s interest in design. Would the Chancellor have turned to the creative industries to salve the country’s ills had he not perceived a huge threat to the UK economy from the East? Who knows? But at least it fuelled Government involvement. It’s a shame though that Brown […]

London Olympics 2012

London 2012 Olympics

The Government has announced that £2.2bn of the £9.3bn cost of the London 2012 Olympics will be drawn from the National Lottery. According to reports, this will incur major cuts to funding for arts organisations such as the Arts Council England and the Heritage Fund.

D-series £50 note

Hit the right note

As the Bank of England releases the first banknote to be designed out-of-house, Clare Dowdy finds out how British currency has stayed true to its roots while incorporating sophisticated security features


Unsung heroes

The Allies might have lost World War II if not for the unacknowldedged work of artists who helped to develop new forms of camouflage and military deception, but their contribution to victory is now finally being celebrated

iGuzzini lighting

Profile: John Small

If clients of Foster & Partners want interiors as distinctive as the structures it creates, they talk to John Small, head of the architect’s Product Design Group. As Clare Dowdy reveals, it’s a sleek combination

Market Street

Fresh face in supermarket crowd

Morrisons’ confirmation last week of its imminent identity and brand positioning overhaul indicates it has set its sights on moving into the upper realm of food retailing, competing against rivals Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. According to chief executive Marc Bolland, Morrisons aims to establish itself as a national retailer – ‘to be a winner in […]

London Transport Museum

Consultancies work with LT Museum on retail products

A host of design consultancies is working with the London Transport Museum on product development projects which will exploit the city’s rich transport design heritage.Ahead of the museum’s relaunch later this year, the venue’s retail store – designed by Lumsden Design Partnership – is to open at the end of this month, showcasing the first […]


The O2 goes for gold with Tutankhamun gig

The O2, formerly the Millennium Dome, will attempt to prove its capability as an exhibition venue with a much-trumpeted show on boy king Tutankhamun later this year. The exhibition is to be designed by Mark Lach, senior vice-president of entertainment and exhibitions group Arts and Exhibitions International.Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, the […]

Rachel's Organic

Quality control

Organic food packaging is now emphasising its premium credentials, while trying to reduce excess material. But the big brands face competition from non-organic sectors that duplicate its style to cash in on this lucrative consumer trend

David Boyle

Salterbaxter report reveals lack of diversity in design

A wake-up call to increase diversity in what is a young, white and largely male design industry is at the heart of a report being published today.The study, by design consultancy Salterbaxter, finds that the make-up of the design industry does not realistically reflect British society, as it is predominantly white, with few disabled people […]

The Forest

Russian fables

Intentionally crude, deliberately archaic, printed on poor paper, with hand-drawn type and bound in sack cloth, Futurism seems a strange epithet to attach to the manifestos and publications of the Russian Futurists. One, entitled A Slap in the Face of Public Taste, published in 1912, lends it name to an upcoming exhibition at the Estorick […]

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