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 Sledge had to design and build a set for Hague’s private campaign overnight. Amazingly, considering how busy the consultancy was, it also had time to notify the press, by post, of its sterling work. This had the side-effect of deflecting questions as to how Hague had obtained such a complex set by 9:30am, when he had only decided to run for the leadership position the previous day. Tom Beaumont-Griffin of the consultancy explains: “In politics you are always having to respond at the last moment.”
A round-up of moves, changes and appointments in the design world.
From a fully functional American diner through to Google’s unnerving house showing how technology has taken over our lives, we round up our favourites from this year’s Italian design festival.
Research conducted into the diversity of the creative industries shows the sector on the whole to be hard to access for ethnic minorities, women and those from low-income backgrounds.
Japanese designer Kosuke Takahashi talks about why he decided to create a new typeface that incorporates braille and letters to cater for both blind and sighted people.