18 January 2007

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Graphic legacy

The 1972 Munich Olympics are sadly perhaps most memorable for the massacre of Israeli athletes by Palestinians. But for designers, the games are also memorable for the identity and graphics created by Otl Aicher. The work has assured him a place in the pantheon of design greats since his unfortunate death in 1991, when, in […]

South Bank Centre

Slow start for South Bank’s new branding

The South Bank Centre quietly unveiled its Wolff Olins-designed branding this week, almost a year after the anticipated launch date.A bold graphic style of coloured, overlapping stripes and block shapes has been adopted for the visual identity, as previewed by designweek.co.uk last Friday.The identity is intended to act as an overarching style for the centre’s […]

V&A Uncomfortable Truths

NB Studio creates V&A show identity

NB Studio has designed the brand identity, exhibition graphics, signage and marketing material to promote the Victoria & Albert Museum’s forthcoming Uncomfortable Truths show.

Indian companies are willing to pay for brand ambitions

Following last week’s Voxpop on India, I’ve observed that the intellectual nature of the Indian nation, the manner in which freedom of speech is celebrated and the explosive nature of the economy makes it a vital and compelling market for brand agencies to build business and reputation. The added value of the benefits of a […]


News in Pictures

London’s Barbican this week launches Japanimation, a series of events examining the relationship between Western film and Japanese animation. Anime expert Helen McCarthy will discuss seminal manga films throughout February and March.

New markets may not be so different from the old

Not that long ago we were blithely referring to ’emerging markets’ for design, lumping together China, Russia, India and even Brazil. Some, notably China, were seen as challenges to the UK economy, given their ability to produce goods at low cost, or, in the case of India, cheap call centre services. But for design groups, […]

Fosters considers its future options

Senior partners of the design team at architect Foster and Partners could be offered a stake in the business, as founder and chairman Lord Foster appoints bankers to inspect options for the group’s future.For many years, the architect has operated its own industrial design team within the practice, led by John Small. Now, Catalyst Investment, […]


Smart move

Apple’s design for its recently announced iPhone surpasses expectations with its intuitive user interface and attention to detail. But will it take over the smart-phone market? Mark Delaney says rivals could find it very hard to compete

Supravision 1997


Best known for his adaptation of a London Underground map, multimedia artist Simon Patterson applies his dry humour to all of his collaborations. Liz Farrelly talks to him about his latest adaptation

Marc Jacobs

High profile fashion…

High profile fashion designer Marc Jacobs is opening a boutique in London this week – his first in the UK – ahead of a formal launch party on 16 February to coincide with London Fashion Week. The 260m2 store in Mayfair’s Mount Street is designed by the architect and interior designer Stephan Jaklitsch, who worked […]



The eye and its iris are the subjects of Rankin’s latest exhibition, Eyescapes, on show at The Gallery on London’s Charing Cross Road from 7 February. Rankin has photographed people’s eyes up close and then created a series of round photographic prints that show the iris exposed and enlarged. The framed prints will be on […]


Magma diversifies and Taschen refits

Magma, the designer bookshop chain (pictured), is seeking to grow its portfolio of stores with outlets that sell a different mix of merchandise.The company, established in 2000, is seeking to launch its first non-bookstore in London later this year, possibly as early as spring, according to Magma co-founder Marc Valli. A second store could also […]

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