19 August 2010

Art director’s choice

For many designers of my generation, my introduction to graphic design was presented through vinyl record sleeve artwork – and namely hip hop releases. From early Cey Adams and Haze creations for Def Jam records, through to Ben Drury’s inspiring artwork and packaging for Mo Wax, I was always inspired by the 12” x 12” […]

Life on wheels

Perfect for the extravagant festival-goer, or the spouse often banished to the sofa after a row, Cornelius Comanns’ Bufalino tricycle is a miniature home on wheels. Made as part of Comanns’ degree in industrial design at the University of Applied Science in Munich, the Bufalino is a handy rethinking of an existing Piaggio APE 50 […]

Emmanuelle Bonzami/Veer

On the lightbox

How do you find that perfect image for a specific design task, be it creating a cover for a novel, designing limited-edition vodka packaging or putting together a road show of inspirational imagery for a global firm? Suzanne Hinchliffe puts a range of top image libraries to the test

Emma Dibben

This is red hot

Sometimes it is good to get back to basics – and for illustrators, the primary colours of red, yellow and blue are the most basic tools in the box.For a new rolling exhibition at St George’s in Bristol, studio Jamaica Street Artists challenged its illustrators to respond to the colour triptych – starting in September […]

The Nest That Sailed the Sky

Cyber dynamics

Next month in London sees the second annual festival organised by digital arts organisation Alpha-ville, on the theme of cities of the future. Anna Richardson takes a sneak preview of some of the work that will be on show


Young at heart

From mass-produced value clothing sold in supermarkets to luxury toys and upmarket hotels, there are plenty of opportunities for design to make a difference in the children’s sector, argues Clare Dowdy

David Pearson

Profile: David Pearson

After early success with covers for the Penguin Great Ideas series and then going it alone, this book designer is taking an even bigger plunge now and setting up a publishing firm. John Stones chats with him about the good old realm of print


Director Gary Hustwit is completing his design film trilogy with Urbanized. What design story do you think should be immortalised on film?

…Or aluminium Coke when it comes to nurturing desire

I have two favourite packaging designs (Voxpop, DW 12 August), and they sit on my desk as a reminder of why design creates the future.One is the aluminium Coke bottles by Turner Duckworth, as they show how design can nurture iconic brand desire. And the other is the Help remedies in New York, which show […]

You can’t beat the classic HP sauce bottle design…

In last week’s Voxpop you asked about favourite packaging designs (DW 12 August). My favourite is the reason thatas a child I set my path in packaging design – the classic glass HP sauce bottle. Was it that it came from Birmingham, the city of our parents? Was it the colours of claret and blue […]

What was Brody on about on Newsnight?

I found the exchange between design writer David McCandless and graphic designer Neville Brody on the BBC’s Newsnight on 9 August infuriating (www.designweek.co.uk, 10 August). Is Brody (pictured right) seriously arguing that presenting information in an attractive, easy-to-understand format is a bad thing? He repeatedly stated that it didn’t have enough content (clearly untrue), and […]

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