17 January 2008

Exterior and interior of the new 500 in ‘lounge’ trim, which includes a cream-coloured steering wheel and a nude-coloured dashboard

That’s amore

As the new Fiat 500 starts to grace the nation’s highways and byways, John Stones wonders whether this car is as innovative as its 1950s namesake. Just to make sure, he takes a turn behind the wheel of both to find outLong before emotional design was a term being bandied about in marketing seminars, Fiat […]

Peter Doig’s posters for StudioFilmClub screenings in Port of Spain, Trinidad. All images © Paul Murphy

Tate Trinidad

Artist Peter Doig has been working in Port of Spain, painting subversive film posters for a series of indie screenings. Yolanda Zappaterra pays a visit to his StudioFilmClub, ahead of a retrospective at Tate Britain (All images © Paul Murphy)When the Tate’s new Peter Doig exhibition opens next month, it promises to include a sizeable […]

Stockport Viaduct, 1986, by John Davies

Art of darkness

The four photographers shortlisted for this year’s Deutsche Börse prize are far removed from the mainstream, each of them unafraid to put strong and personal statements at the heart of their work, reports Gareth GardnerAt first glance, the photographs couldn’t be more diverse: buildings cluttered around a Birmingham railway station; an American family proudly showing […]

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Creative sector to play vital role in Sheffield economic masterplan

Design and the creative industries will play a key role in the economic advancement of Sheffield, according to a masterplan launched this week by the city’s development agency, Creative Sheffield.The masterplan contains a number of goals, including the creation of 30 000 jobs across the creative industries, e-learning and digital sectors, as well as financial […]

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Pentagram and All of Us collaborate on resort rebrand

Pentagram Design and All of Us are collaborating on the relaunch of Mauritian luxury hotel resort Le Touessrok this week.The rebrand follows the resort’s departure from the One & Only hotel chain, which Pentagram also helped to design.Pentagram partner John Rushworth says that, after the recent management changes at Le Touessrok, his consultancy’s strategy was […]

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NMNI appoints Belfast group to museums task

National Museums Northern Ireland, the umbrella organisation for four of the country’s museums, is to rebrand in an attempt to modernise itself.The organisation has appointed Belfast-based advertising and design consultancy AV Brown to carry out the work following a tender process.As part of the rebranding exercise, the consultancy will develop a new unifying brand identity […]

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Love founder forms graphics consultancy

Love founder David Simpson has formed a new design consultancy called Music.Simpson, who left his position as creative director of Love in March last year, is founding the group with former Love production manager Matthew Beardsell and designer Anthony Smith.The Manchester-based consultancy, which started operating in December, will focus on graphic design.‘One of Love’s founding […]

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Snapshots of the future

Another rich seam of material issues forth this week from the reliably creative terrain of Onedotzero, in the form of a follow-up edition to its successful Motion Blur book and two-hour DVD package. Everything you could want to know about the international practitioners leading this field is packaged stylishly in this tactile felt-bound and embroidered […]

Aiming for a market listing

We floated Conchango on the Alternative Investment Market on 15 January. Getting there took a serious amount of work, but we learnt a lot and it’s been very rewarding.

Scenes from 3 Mobile’s annual conference, and a still from the opening video

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The duo behind Silent Studios combines hard-hitting visuals with original music compositions, and is keen to promote the virtues of ‘sound design’. Fiona Sibley meets the collaborators who like to make you cryNathan Prince and Liam Paton aren’t impressed by the sort of music often churned out to advertise and market brands. Cocking a snook […]

UK product design needs indigenous industries to prosper

I was very interested to read Jim Dawton’s piece on product design in the UK (News Analysis, DW 10 January). Only a handful of names in the UK could be considered as having raised the product design bar, in international terms. The problem is that we don’t have any factories left. Consultancies in the UK […]

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Jaywing creates branding for cultural initiative Hull 2017

Consultancy Jaywing has created the place branding for Hull 2017, the initiative marking the northern city’s status as UK City of Culture. The logo is an “H” shape constructed out of a series of geometric lines, used against a colourful palette of purple, green, yellow, blue and pink. Gavin Shore, creative director at Jaywing, says […]