Widely predicted for the end of this year, Hewlett-Packard has managed it several months early. It is the sub thousand dollar CD-ROM writer, in our money 829. It’s called the HP SureStore CD-Writer 4020i which you may need to write down before going down the Tottenham Court Road to buy one. Unlike the earlier two grand or so marques, which were almost as big as a Mac case, this fits into a – sorry – PC drive slot, a 51/4inch one at that. In small numbers CDs cost about a tenner but in bulk rather a lot less than that. At least one design group we know backs up all the day’s graphic work on CD. Ring HP and ask about Mac availability on 01344 369 222.
As we approach the most wonderful time of the year, we ask creative directors what gift someone should buy a designer for Christmas.
The digital design consultancy has appointed a new head, who will oversee its six global offices and lead on growing the business in size and helping it make more money.
Send us photos of your offices decorated for Christmas, and we’ll be publishing a selection of the best ones next week.
A report on the potential impact of plain food and drink packaging, Pantone’s purple hued colour of the year and Mini’s new, monochrome logo – the news from the last