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A Modernist in Yorkshire

Sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi crossed many boundaries – his Japanese-American background transcended East and West, and his work also spanned art and design. He considered himself a sculptor of spaces and his influential body of work includes garden and landscape design, vast public sculpture and stage sets. His elegant and much-copied Coffee Table is […]

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Uncovering the difference

Design groups need to have a clear vision of their strengths to market themselves effectively, says Karla Mercedes MoralesThere are many philosophies on how to win new business. ‘It’s not what you know, but who you know’ or ‘New business is a numbers game’. They all have an element of truth, but the lack of […]

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What the papers say

Textured, translucent or scented? Scott Billings discovers a new generation of special paper stocks that are spurring design ideas. They’re also a critical choice for clients as they convey a clear message about the brandHave you ever asked what a brand ‘feels’ like? Not emotionally, but literally, tangibly. There are lots of ways to translate […]

‘Turning a blind eye’. Handmade vertical blinds featuring living room and bathroom scenes

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Textile artist Caren Garfen is not long out of college, but she’s already caught the eye of award-givers and opinion-formers. Sarah Frater meets the witty embroiderer whose dainty work belies its gently subversive themesWhy is miniaturisation so appealing? Is it simply the painstaking work we know is involved, or does it somehow trigger our longing […]

The Design Council needs to adopt a joined-up approach

I read with interest ‘Design Council kicks off drive to promote UK design overseas’, on which DW editor Lynda Relph-Knight duly commented that a joined-up approach is vital for the council to achieve its aims (DW 3 July). I recommend that the Design Cou

The Dutch make the most of their stars – why can’t we?

I’d just returned from a long weekend visiting relatives in The Netherlands to read Michael Johnson’s entertaining piece on the world’s first graphic design museum in Breda (DW 3 July). The reason the Dutch seem so much more prepared to embrace the graphic arts is that the nation is so steeped in visual culture – […]

Strength through unity to control free pitching

There seems little point in writing to Kingston Council (www.designweek.co.uk, 8 July) to complain about their attitude to free pitching when 300 designers are chomping at the bit to take part. I suspect Kingston will receive far more expressions of interest to free pitch than complaints. We are unfortunately in a culture of free, if […]

Lets make design for the 2012 games accessible to all

Bloody RNIB guidelines! Richard Williams’s Sounding Off (DW 26 June) was read with great interest at RNIB. We are delighted to know that organisers of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are taking accessibility so seriously. We were unaware that the committee was using RNIB’s guidelines, and cannot comment on how the guidelines were […]

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Inspired, Piers Kimlosy: Purpose

Daily inspiration supplied by: Adam Loxley, for being the funniest man alive; Alex Komlosy, for being a dad and my brother; Alice Reynolds, for her command of a tight schedule, with a broad smile; Catriona Allison, for being Scottish; Charlotte Cline, for never getting fazed (how does she do that!); Clive Challis, for opening my […]

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Driving through change

The array of technology developed to aid drivers multiplies daily – and environmental concerns will only accelerate the pace of invention, says Jim DaviesI’ve never sat through an edition of Top Gear, nor do I intend to. Watching a clutch of chummy petrolheads drooling over the latest automotive porn isn’t my idea of entertainment – […]

Watch out: co-design is as big a threat as free pitching

You can almost hear the yawns at the mention of free pitching (see News Analysis, page 9). But it’s a good time to revisit the subject of industry ethics as design faces a tight future, according to luminaries such as WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell, and as a new generation of creative graduates enters the […]

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