Battle’s role confirmed

John Battle has been confirmed as the Department of Trade and Industry minister responsible for design. – Design Council chief executive Andrew Summers says he is hoping for an audience with Battle at the end of the month.

Designers are a last minute concern for Tories

The Conservative Party leadership competition may have created in-fighting among the politicians, but it hasn’t harmed the design industry. In fact, it has arguably given it more exposure than the Conservative Government did in 18 years. A short-lived pact between Michael Howard and William Hague to run for the party’s top jobs meant that consultancy […]


Adobe threesome: There’s a bunch of stuff from Adobe due out this month: Streamline v4, Dimensions v3 and what you’ve all (well, half of you) have been waiting for: Illustrator v7.0. The latter needs no introduction although the new goodies include the ability to dock palettes together, single-key shortcuts for each tool, context-sensitive menus and […]

Merchant tunes in to Castle job

Merchant Corporate Design’s identity for Castle Transmission International, formerly the BBC’s Home Service transmission business, is being implemented on to literature and exhibition display items. The BBC transmitters were sold earlier this year to a consortium which includes TéléDiffusion de France. SEA Design was commissioned by Merchant to carry out the design work. The logo’s […]

Pentagram’s starring role

Pentagram has created the name and identity for an international airline alliance which was due to launch yesterday. – Star Alliance is the umbrella brand for the existing alliance of United Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS, Thai Airways and Air Canada.


The Architectural Association is holding an auction at the Saatchi Gallery to raise funds for student bursaries at 98a Boundary Rd, London NW8, on 27 May. On sale will be drawings and models by Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Eva Jiricna and Will Alsop, among others. Viewing is on 11-15 May at Bonhams, […]

Science of a material world

The Science Museum’s 34.5m Challenge of Materials gallery opened on Tuesday, with design by Jasper Jacobs Associates. – The permanent 1500m2 space aims to bring “the secret world of materials, industry and manufacturing to life”, says a museum spokesman.

Talking all that jazz

Blue Note Records embodies the spirit of jazz cool with its hip record sleeves. Emma O’Kelly looks at Volume Two of the Cover Art of Blue Note Records


Pop down to the Canary Wharf to see Space Oddities. On display is work by Tomato, Hussein Chalayan, Jemima Stehli, Michael Bracewell, Philip Treacy and Elizabeth Wright. Until 4 July. Venue: Canary Wharf Window Gallery, Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London E14. The exhibition Forbidden Fruit, a joint project between the London College of Printing, the […]

Designers should take a share of the blame

I wasn’t expecting great enlightenment from last week’s debate on the “damage” creativity might be suffering in the digital age. It’s obvious to me that a mouse is as much a tool as a pencil, and the quality of the work produced is down to the heart and mind of the person wielding it – […]

Glasgow manifesto for year of design

Glasgow 1999, the organiser of Glasgow’s year as UK City of Architecture and Design, has published its manifesto outlining the aims of and approach to the celebrations and projects. The manifesto, which has a 30 000 print run is designed by Tank. Among the projects in the manifesto are The Lighthouse, the 11.1m architecture and […]

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