18 February 1999

Small but perfectly formed

‘The buzz word is organic future,’ says Paul Daly of the new Soho bar and restaurant he has designed. Lab, which opens next month in a former strip joint on Old Compton Street, will avoid emulating what else is going on in the London bar scene. ‘It has its own look… accessible 21st century,’ adds […]

It’s snow joke

The Skidmore Turnbull Group has just returned from a gruelling weekend away at a ski resort in Verbier, Switzerland, organised to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Group managing director Mark Turnbull says he chose the location because it was the ideal setting to assess the last ten years of the business and to set out his […]

Holy washing powder

Religious symbolism has been in design for ages and is probably here to stay for far longer (Private View, DW 29 January). A vivid example is Daz packaging. Using the colours of the Virgin (blue, white, red) and implementing a “holy shine” behind the name is nothing more than the Christian iconographic representation of purity. […]

Old Rep seeks The Design Advantage

BIRMINGHAM design consultancy The Design Advantage has won a two-way paid pitch against an unidentified local consultancy to create the new identity for the Birmingham Old Rep Theatre. Consultant Paul Thwaites explains that the project has been commissioned to establish a standalone identity for the theatre, which has traditionally taken the same branding as its […]

CSD needs a solid foundation to support design professionals

The letters from Jonathan Sands and C2 (DW 22 January), neatly illustrate different contributions to the on-going debate on how to strengthen design representation. Jonathan typically takes a positive attitude to the opportunities for improving the Design Business Association and gets involved. Also, as a member, he gets far more information about our activities. He […]

CSD needs a solid foundation to support design professionals

Well done to Maxine Horn, for expressing her views on the need for a solid professional base in the design industry (DW 12 February). However, I think we should be careful to design our foundations to suit the appropriate buildings. The Design Business Association is a trade association and as such is there to focus […]

See in a different light

Janet Turner is a stalwart of the design world. I would rank her beside Richard Seymour and Madeleine Bennett as someone who not only looks, talks and acts like a designer, but is also enviably talented in her chosen subject. The fact that she has produced her second book about lighting, now focusing specifically on […]

Joining an industry body is a positive move

I am writing in response to Ian Silverstein regarding his experiences of the Design Business Association (DW 5 February). As an expanding marketing-led graphic design agency, Aricot Vert Design Communications has turned to the DBA for advice and help in recruiting new creatives. Its design recruitment website (www.designjobs.com) is a convenient and speedy service which […]


BBC Worldwide global marketing director Kevin Harrington has just become the envy of every self-respecting designer in the industry. He is the lucky recipient of a signed England jersey – his prize for winning Elmwood’s spot the bauble competition. The contest gave a Yuletide spin to the traditional spot the ball competition. Harrington is pictured […]

Inspiration point

Ask a bunch of graphic designers and typographers what they think about artists who use type as their medium and how that work feeds back into the language of graphic design, and you’ll get a mixed response. Anything from “What d’you mean?” to cagey “Ummms” and affirmations of inspiration, to accusations of “It’s a rip […]

Court action at Edward Briscoe

A county court summons has been issued against Edward Briscoe Design’s parent company, formerly known as Edward Briscoe International Group, for non-payment of fees allegedly owing to a reprographics house. The summons claims that Edward Briscoe International Design owes the London company 1010.51. Albert Kampta, managing director of The Repro House, says he has not […]

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