2 February 2006

Orbital hails a Design Conspiracy identity

An alternative taxi service, called Orbital, will launch in central London next month, with branding created by Design Conspiracy. The private hire business has been set up by former London police officer Rod Hutton to address the problem of illegal minicabs and the associated assaults on women. The branding positions the service as a safe, […]

Design for tourism piece states the obvious

Although Jeremy Hildreth makes valid points in his article regarding design in the tourism market, some of his assessments border on simplistic naivety (DW 26 January). For nearly ten years my consultancy has been working with global tourist boards and specialist tour operators. Ultimately, the tour operator is in the business of creating or realising […]

Part of the furniture

The Cologne and Paris furniture fairs are in flux, as they continue to face challenges from rival events. Lynda Relph-Knight and Natasha Edwards return underwhelmed by the amount of new products on show. IMM Cologne 2006 By Lynda Relph-Knight ‘YOU see, now we can deliver.’ The words of a representative of Italian manufacturer La Palma […]

The Great British Design Quest

A search to discover the public’s most-loved example of British design has been launched by the Design Museum and BBC 2’s The Culture Show. The Great British Design Quest is asking for nominations on the best design since 1900 from a longlist of 25 designs. The list includes the Anglepoise Lamp (pictured), designed by George […]

Yauatcha brand repositioned for retail ahead of expansion

Hakkasan founder Alan Yau is looking at ways to evolve his Soho eatery and tea house Yauatcha from a restaurant to a luxury retail concept, working with product designer Shin Azumi and graphic design consultancy Made Thought. The moves come ahead of plans to open additional Yauatcha venues in London, as well as to expand […]

The estate we’re in

When choosing a car, there are lots of factors to consider, including branding. But some manufacturers are taking it too far, says Adrian Shaughnessy.

Design Museum seeks director after Rawsthorn’s exit

Alice Rawsthorn has unexpectedly left her post as director of the Design Museum. The sudden announcement of her ‘departure’ came from the museum at the end of last week. It is still not clear if she resigned her position, or if she was asked to leave by the museum’s board of trustees, however the terms […]

Design Museum should keep up Rawsthorn’s legacy

Some say it’s healthy to switch courses every five years, transferring experience and building on it. But few senior players in design follow this line, which is why it is a surprise that Alice Rawsthorn has quit as director at the Design Museum. Previously a journalist on the Financial Times, Rawsthorn has had a controversial […]

Krassa creates Green packs for Pret A Manger

Pret A Manger is planning to revamp its designs across a number of key product lines. The fast food takeaway chain has appointed Afroditi Krassa to redesign the packaging across its dessert range, according to Pret A Manger commercial director, Simon Hargraves. Although the project is in the early stages, the packaging designs will reflect […]

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