18 October 2007

Growing pains

India’s enviable economic growth is fostering a burgeoning design scene, but can the country’s infrastructure develop quickly enough to support it and will this new industry manage to retain links with the nation’s past? David Kester finds out

Stock options

Paper production is becoming ever more commodified, but there is still a vast choice of stock available to designers, and more should be specifying papers to suit each brief, says Daniel MasonTHE RANGE of papers in the UK appears to be infinite. From the small numbers of speciality producers and suppliers, through to the large […]

A call to arms

Internet blogs and hacking may now rival posters as means for popular protest, but designers are still using their graphic arsenals to expose injustice in the political and commercial world, argues Yolanda Zappaterra

Architecture festival to welcome designers

For the first time, designers and design consultancies are to get the chance to take part in the London Festival of Architecture, which takes place next summer for one month. The 2008 event, which is in its third year, is calling for design consultancies, individuals, artists and organisations to contribute concepts for exhibitions, installations, talks, […]

The Building Centre bags a fresh new face

The Building Centre, a built environment services centre in London, is relaunching with a fresh look this week, designed by ex-Pentagram partner Fernando Gutiérrez. The ‘independent forum and service provider’, which houses New London Architecture and the Sustainable Buildings Trust, as well as a number of architects and construction organisations, has been overhauled in a […]

Sainsbury’s cleans up with Parker Williams

Sainsbury’s will this week launch a new environmental range of household cleaning products called Cleanhome, with branding and packaging by Parker Williams. The seven-product range has been developed to be fully biodegradable and spans the major household cleaning categories.Parker Williams’s design uses a key branding symbol of a grass-outlined house, to represent a better environment […]

Airwick design rights ruling could lead to further appeal

A trademark lawyer has condemned a design rights ruling made last week by the Court of Appeal, saying it is ‘bad news for designers’, despite it being met with enthusiasm from Anti Copying in Design.In the Procter & Gamble vs Reckitt Benckiser case, the Court of Appeal overturned a previous ruling that Reckitt’s Airwick pack […]

UK will need better skills to retain edge, says Treasury committee

High-level skills in all sectors will have to be developed if the UK economy is to retain a competitive edge against emerging economies like China and India, according to a report published this week by the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee.Globalisation: Prospects and Policy is the latest report into the impact of globalisation on […]

Planet Earth revisited

The song A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall was written by Bob Dylan during the Cuban Missile Crisis, as the world faced the threat of nuclear fallout. How universal its lyrics remain is rendered clearly by Hard Rain, a campaigning photographic project led by British photographer Mark Edwards to expose and address the threats of climate […]


The iconic figure of Ivan Chermayeff is still going strong well into his 70s, and has won every accolade worth having. Mike Dempsey reflects on the work of this veteran, and very individual, graphic designer

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