Decision held on RCA post

A decision on who will lead the Royal College of Art history of design department is not expected for a month. Catherine McDermott, reader in art and design history at Kingston University is believed to be among the contenders. She was unavailable for comment as Design Week went to press. The post becomes vacant next […]

Pope-on-a-rope now available on the Net

Those seeking divine inspiration may soon have access to a selection of holy items. The Vatican is planning a chain of up to 700 stores worldwide. The first is set to open in New York within a year. Trading under the brand name Vatican Treasury Collection, the shops will sell licensed products and gifts inspired […]

Open goes to Disney

The Open Agency has been appointed by The Walt Disney Travel Company to design its forthcoming tour operator brochure for the 2000 season. The London consultancy’s appointment follows a new business tender for a brochure design brief (DW 11 June). Rivals for the job are understood to have included Wolff Olins, Interbrand Newell and Sorrell, […]

Digests

Heinz is to spend more than £30m to achieve a consistent global image for its tomato ketchup brand. New packaging created by Jones Knowles Ritchie removes regional variations, as the manufacturer starts a push to gain leverage in the teenage market. The JKR packaging was omitted from last week’s article (DW 11 June).

Awards

The closing date for entries to the Alliance 1999 Galerie Art Design & Print Awards is 30 June. Categories include annual reports and accounts; promotional, corporate and environmental literature; and direct mail. Prizes vary from an African safari, an Al

Scrambling into the Net

Intuitive, quick-to-use portals are no longer enough for Internet users. The new generation is being targeted with highly branded portals specifically aimed at them, says Clare Dowdy

Start to brand Virgin phones

Start Design has won the contract to design packaging and branding for the new Virgin mobile phone service due to launch at Christmas. Virgin Group, which is in discussion with One2One about a joint venture, confirms that Start is the only graphic design group involved, though it refuses to disclose the exact nature of the […]

Freedom from the press

Reading the print industry press, you’d think the whole market was going digital. And so it is. But while big print companies are spending millions investigating computer-to-plate systems to work with their long-run offset litho presses, it’s the emergence of short-run all digital presses which promises to turn the print design industry upside down. For […]

Four jobs axed at Siebert Head

Branding and packaging specialist Siebert Head has axed four jobs from its London office. The move is part of plans to “refocus” the business, according to sales and marketing director Satkar Gidda. “We have let four people go, including one unnamed middleweight [designer] and three administrative staff, in an effort to realign the business,” he […]

Asda takeover could hit design

Asda’s rostered packaging design consultancies are likely to be severely hit by this week’s £7bn takeover of the supermarket chain by Wal-Mart, the world’s biggest retailer. Though Wal-Mart and Asda executives told staff at Asda’s Leeds headquarters on Tuesday morning that it will be business as usual, industry watchers say the US giant’s successful global […]

Royal honours for designers

THREE leading figures in the design world have been rewarded for services to their respective industries, with awards in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Sir Norman Foster is now a life peer and Professor Will Alsop has been made an OBE. Wally Olins of Wolff Olins becomes a CBE for services to design in business. […]

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