15 September 2005


I suspect that, like everyone, I find new inspiration at every turn, usually through people and their response to events around them, but often through something quite small and seemingly insignificant. On a train I was struck by how people sitting face to face across a table spoke openly about personal issues, oblivious to the […]

B&Q staff under threat as sales slump

The fate of B&Q’s in-house design staff will be decided tomorrow, following the announcement that the Kingfisher-owned retailer is shedding 220 jobs from its Southampton headquarters.

Patent Office asks designers about registration improvements

The Patent Office is calling on designers to assist with the modernisation of the UK design registration process, as part of a consultation exercise taking place before changes are implemented in October.A series of changes have been proposed by the Patent Office across both the application process and design rules. One key alteration that has […]

Priestman Goode to put TfL stations back on track

Transport for London is launching a raft of projects, which will give the transport network its most significant facelift in years, Design Week can exclusively reveal. The organisation is redesigning a series of Underground station entrances and is poised to appoint Priestman Goode to the task, following a four-way pitch held last month. The five-figure […]

Paper chain

Gillian Thomas looks at paper’s myriad possibilities as she leafs through a compendium of novel and dynamic contemporary applications that are pushing the envelope of pulp’s creative potential

Rise of the machines

Most Brits return from holiday with a sunburn, but Jim Davies was feeling flushed before he left – after a disastrous encounter with technology

Newson packs vibrancy into Samsonite range

Samsonite, the luggage and travel products specialist, has drafted in design guru Marc Newson to help relaunch the company as a high-end, luxury travel and accessory business. The 95-year-old American company has called in the Australian-born designer to create a range of luggage branded Scope, which will launch under its premium Black Label line later […]

Industry bodies need to be up for design’s cause

I really applaud Design Week for raising the incredibly important issue of design becoming commoditised: ‘little better than a supermarket price war’ (Comment, DW 1 September), but I disagree totally with your view of the causes. It is all too easy to point the finger at the larger design groups, when, in fact, pressure on […]

Adidas opens Adicentre

Adidas has opened its Adicentre, a non-retail showroom based near Manchester, designed by London consultancy Project-X. The centre delivers a ‘brand statement environment’ to highlight the company’s philosophy and product lines.

Hyland takes advisory role at Laurence King

Laurence King Publishing has appointed Pentagram partner Angus Hyland as consultant art director. Hyland will help develop the overall identity of the publisher’s list, advising on concepts and formats for future books, as well as overseeing the design of all the publisher’s books and jackets.

Kitching starts the press on new service

Typography specialist Alan Kitching and his partner Celia Stothard are launching an ‘old-fashioned’ printing press and design service from Kitching’s Typographic Workshop in London.It is the first time that Kitching will accept commissions from private individuals, in addition to companies. ‘I’m turning the clock back to the 1950s; it is a marriage of design and […]

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