15 November 2007

Heavy duty

You probably have a copy of Phaidon’s Art Book on your shelves. Somehow, the publisher managed to cram 500 pages of great art into a book and then sell it for £20.

Scene stealing

The life of a film production designer is often simply about creating a credible realm in which the action unfolds, as economically as possible. The studio’s focus is elsewhere/ on the story, genre and cast – the marketable elements of the picture.But, a glance at the resumé of production designer Mark Friedberg (see box, page […]

BMW perks up Starbucks’ machines

BMW Group Designworks USA has expanded its remit to design a domestic espresso machine in association with Starbucks.Working in collaboration with coffee machine manufacturer Saeco, BMW has come up with a sophisticated American Art Deco-inspired machine known as Sirena, which BMW says is intended to ‘reflect the distinctive identity of Starbucks and the quality associated […]

Arriva unveils Cross Country rail branding

Transport company Arriva has unveiled the livery and brand identity of its new train company, Cross Country, which will become the longest network franchise in the UK. The work was undertaken by Brand Environment, which created the bid document that originally helped Arriva win the franchise in March. The service was finally launched last week. […]

…as Travelodge tries One Off Spanish sortie

Travelodge is to make its first foray into the overseas budget hotel market, with a format devised by retail specialist The One Off Company, which was launched earlier this year. Monday’s announcement of a €1bn (£715m) expansion programme in Spain will see up to 100 hotels opening across major cities including Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia […]

Dew Gibbons leads UK field at London International Awards

Five UK design consultancies scooped gold and silver awards at the London International Awards, held last week at London’s Hippodrome.Representing British design, Dew Gibbons won one gold statue and three silvers in the packaging design sector for its range of Vidal Sassoon Professional packs, while Lewis Moberly won a silver for its work on Waitrose […]

Morgan flies new wings by Deep

Vintage car marque the Morgan Motor Company is employing Deep to rework its branding in a bid to capture the interest of younger car buyers. The brand first launched in 1913, and its iconic Morgan ‘wings’ logo has remained virtually unchanged ever since. However, it has now received a makeover designed to modernise it while […]

In reply

Accreditation is the way to regulate the industry Maxine Horn was right in her response to Michael Peters (Letters, DW 8 November) to point out that elitism has no role to play in a modern profession. However, the Chartered Society of Designers believes that accreditation is important to enhance the perception of designers in the […]

Ring sideshow

After weeks of fanfare in the capital regarding transport, the revamped London Transport Museum has finally arrived. The story of London Transport is inextricably a story of design. From the foundation-laying golden age of former LT chief Frank Pick in the 1930s to the architectural success of stations on the Jubilee Line extension in the […]

Open doors in the great wall

If you’re going to do business in China, firsthand
experience of the country is essential, but be prepared for lots of planning and a bit of jet lag, says Alan Bell

Tub thumper

Unpackaged is filling an interesting niche in London’s retail scene – it’s a market stall turned local store with better environmental credentials than virtually any of the capital’s supermarkets or corner shops, says Clare Dowdy


They were only meant to be a record of his travels, but Nigel Peake’s distinctive maps are now exhibited across the globe. Fiona Nicolson meets the part-time cartographer who remains an architect first and foremost

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