16 December 2004

Fijit bares its creative side for Big Arts Week

London design group Fijit has created the graphics for next year’s Big Arts Week, an initiative for professional creatives to volunteer their time to work with schoolchildren in the classroom. Fijit waived its fee for the project, says Fijit creative director Dean Johnson, who is frustrated at the way art has been ‘squeezed out of […]

Final Design Week for 2004

This is Design Week’s last issue of 2004. We will return in the new year on 6 January. In the meantime, letters for publication can be sent to the editor Lynda Relph-Knight on lyndark @centaur.co.uk. and our reporters can be e-mailed with any news leads.

BBC Broadcast’s future a voyage of Discovery

BBC Broadcast has this week been appointed to create on- air design for the US Discovery Channel, as speculation about its future ownership continues to mount. In last week’s announcement of swingeing changes across the BBC, director general Mark Thompson announced the corporation was ‘actively exploring options, including those of partnering, joint venturing or sale’ […]

Jetix, the children’s…

Jetix, the children’s TV station reborn from Fox Kids, is set to launch a series of six idents from the beginning of January. Created by Character Shop and art directed by Jetix on-air creative director Tim Robinson, the sequences have a ‘blocky retro feel which take their reference from old-school video-games’, says Robinson.

David Brend dies

Designer David Brend, former creative director of Adventis Group and founder of 1970s London consultancy Brend Design, has died aged 58. Brend was a graduate of Kingston College of Art and became well known for his property marketing projects.

EU law to benefit UK consultancies

Recent European Union legislation could pave the way for a raft of in-house design teams to be relocated out-of-house. As design buyers such as the BBC, Marks & Spencer and Boots the Chemists come under mounting pressure to focus on core business activity and reduce their overheads, the extraction of in-house resources is more than […]

NHM shop revamp by M-worldwide

The Natural History Museum opens its M-worldwide-designed store this week, in a project believed to be worth more than £100 000 in fees to the group. The project sees the museum’s existing series of smaller shops consolidated into one 557m2 flagship and comes as the museum seeks to significantly increase income from its retail offering. […]


Slow, from 18 December until 30 January, is a project by third-year Product Design students from the School of Art in Glasgow, who examine the issue of speed in modern society. Venue: The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1. Joris Laarman applies advanced technologies to evoke the ornate forms traditionally associated with hand-craftsmanship. His exhibition […]

DCMS reviews arts spending

The Government’s review of spending on the arts will see only modest increases in spending on museums, libraries and galleries over the next three years. The Department for Culture Media and Sport says it will increase funding by 4.4 per cent, though regional galleries and museums will see higher percentage increases. Arts bodies the Arts […]

Don’t let design suffer the same fate as industry

We heard a marvellous Dimbleby lecture from James Dyson last week, whose views on the folly of giving up our UK manufacturing base I totally support. We shall soon be reliant on imports for all our product needs. This may, indeed, be a threat to UK independence, since we are fast becoming a mere commodities […]

Mark design rolls out poster and booklets for ABN Amro

Mark Design has created a raft of posters and booklets for global banking group ABN Amro to increase awareness of the bank’s vulnerability to money laundering. The design concept is based on the theme of looking more closely at everyday objects.

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