There are several anomalies about the annual Design Indaba conference in Cape Town.
There was a time when, you could argue, publications such as Design Week were London-centric. The design industry’s energy was focused in the capital and that was reflected in media coverage. Then, among key players, only product designers seemed to set up outside London, often with links to colleges or clients in, say, the automotive […]
Staging an exhibition in an unorthodox space can offer more creative freedom to designers than a permanent venue, but it is rarely a simple undertaking. Fiona Sibley looks at two events that seek to make the most of their locations
Who says that advertising can’t be educational? A series of cigarette cards from the 1930s proved remarkably prescient, providing a glimpse of things to come. Liz Farrelly enjoys a book that brings them to light
It’s hard not to judge books by their covers, and this year’s Booker longlist provides the perfect opportunity to see how well they can reflect content. Jim Stoddart dons wig and gown to choose his personal shortlist
Thirteen design groups will receive gold awards in this year’s Design Business Association Design Effectiveness Awards, amid several changes that have been made to the scheme.Design groups Pearlfisher and Lewis Moberly feature prominently in the shortlist, with four nominations each. A total of 52 entries by 35 design consultancies were shortlisted, with eight groups receiving […]
For festival-goers, roughing it may soon be a thing of the past, as Travelodge launches prototype mobile hotel rooms, known as Travelpods (pictured).The budget hotel chain has teamed up with marketing company Anthem to devise the Travelpod concept and bring luxury camping to the masses for a trial price of £26 a night.The 6m by […]
John Lennon Liverpool Airport is to receive a makeover by Broome Jenkins to celebrate Liverpool’s reign as European Capital of Culture in 2008.The airport invited Broome Jenkins to take on the £500 000 project-management contract last December, having originally appointed the consultancy to redesign the information desk.Broome Jenkins is sub-contracting illustrator John McFaul to create […]
Liverpool’s Merseyside Maritime Museum is to open its International Slavery Museum this week, occupying three adjoining galleries, created by Redman Design.As part of the design, Redman was tasked with presenting a complex, richly detailed and brutal human story in ways that are understandable and accessible for a wide audience. Redman won the work following a […]
Eight chairs designed ‘for working in’ by MA furniture design students at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College will go on display at the London Design Festival in September, as part of the Smart Office 3 project.Now in its third year, the Smart Office initiative brings students into contact with design heavyweights to generate innovative furniture concepts.This […]
Reviving a century’s worth of classic posters, the London Transport Museum is launching an on-line catalogue on 1 September, featuring work by artists like Abram Games and Man Ray, as well as modern masters such as David Shrigley.
The South Coast Design Forum offers networking and inspiration for designers who’ve turned their backs on London