Briefs

Brody bunch: Neville Brody has designed a network of websites for The Guardian which will be launched next year. The ‘Unlimited’ range of sites kicks off with Football Unlimited and Jobs Unlimited. For a taster of what the sites will offer, point your browser at www.footballunlimited.co.uk

Do-it-yourself: Small design groups or freelance designers looking to explore the world of Web authoring could do worse than start with a new software program from Adobe, ImageStyler. At just under 100, you get a basic Web design graphics suite that bypasses HTML or JavaScript editing in favour of simple tools with which you work on the graphical elements of a site. Call Adobe on 0131-458 6842 or visit the Adobe site on www.adobe.co.uk

Beetle mania: Volkswagen has unveiled its new Beetle site, designed by Deep End Design through ad agency Carat Interactive. The standalone satellite site uses specially commissioned photography and QuickTime VR to allow users to explore the car in detail. VW’s Chris Craft believes the site ‘simultaneously does justice to the new Beetle in both personality and design terms’. Judge for yourself at www.newbeetle.co.uk

Tellytubby countdown: Christmas is coming and with it lots of online cards, CD-ROM cards and, of course, online advent calendars. The first we’ve heard about is the Teletubbies calendar which goes live on 1 December. Designed by Mike Slocombe of Urban 75 fame, it includes sections to colour in, games and songs. The whole thing is designed in HTML to keep it as ‘low-tech as possible’, says site producer Jem Stone, who admits ‘it’s been hard coming up with 25 ideas’. Head for www.bbc.co.uk/education/teletubbies on 1 December to see the results.

Digital doubts?: Still confused about digital TV? A one-day conference at London’s Dorchester Hotel on 24 November should offer some enlightenment. Speakers include Marc Sands, director of brand marketing at OnDigital, and Jonathan Davis, head of TV at ad agency Leo Burnett. Details on 0171-413 4116.

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