19 January 1995

Reliving former glories

The new leaner Design Council fails to realise that resurrecting the short-term design strategy that served it so well in the affluent Eighties isn’t going to help anyone. What we need is a policy for the times we live in, says Emma Dent Coad

SBG spices up new food range

SBG Partners in San Francisco has created packaging for a new Spice Islands Quick Meals range. – Currently being launched in the US, the range uses robust colours “to enhance the strong flavour association”, says SBG managing partner Flavio Gomez.

Pews move in mysterious ways

Churchgoers might be horrified to learn that pews are frequent features in heathen pubs and restaurants – they might even think the activities of designer Mark Groes are sacrilegious. Groes runs Pew Corner, a Surrey concern offering “fine reclaimed church interiors”. “There are people who do think it’s a bit strange,” admits a spokeswoman. “But […]

Background information

Texturescape 1.5 is for designing background textures for illustrations. You create repeat patterns from Postscript shapes, then specify colour, spacing and lighting to get your final image. Because it’s Postscript-based, textures can be rendered at any size but are stored as 20K to 40K description files. Texturescape also allows you to morph textures together to […]

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The Central Ergonomic Cooker took first prize in a competition for design students at the University of Central England. The brief for second-year students was to rethink the design concept of gas cookers using the findings of a survey on consumers’ needs now and in the future. Mark Teucher, Peter Anderson, Ayse Mustafa and Rajesh […]

Apple DOS on the cards

Apple has announced a card for Power mac 6100 users enabling them to run Dos and Windows software, should that be their bizarre desire. This is actually to persuade DOS-users to buy an Apple at their next upgrade. The DOS Compatibility Card has a reasonably fast onboard 486 DX2/66MHz processor which, and this is the […]

Chloâ Cheese

Exhibition of prints and watercolours of everyday objects. Until 11 February. – Venue: CCA Galleries, 8 Dover Street, London W1.

Search and you’ll find some bargains

It is true that qualifications are a good weed killer (Les J Curtis, Letters, DW 6 January). It may weed out the so-called undesirables in the design industry, but surely it all depends on the type of work, budget and quality of design that you are after. In this ever-competing world, cheapness and speed count […]

Saatchi row draws the attention of the media

It had to take a scandal to get the creative industries back into the national press. The shenanigans at Saatchi & Saatchi have made headlines in the broadsheets over the past few days with a regularity that no other creative group can boast.

Drawing the Line

Show of line drawings by artists from the Renaissance to the present day. Until 5 March. – Venue: Southampton City Art Gallery, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LP.

A serious Diskussion

High-end video manufacturer Abekas has brought out a Mac-compatible digital disk recorder. This lets you record and play video footage, use it in Mac applications, and output both graphics and videos at broadcast TV quality. The Diskus, in its basic configuration, stores 30 seconds of component digital video, making it more suitable for serious animation […]

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