Mansfield College, Oxford is launching a new identity created by Smithfield Design. The identity has been created in conjunction with Bell Pottinger Consultants, which was commissioned to examine the Mansfield brand, and how it could become better known and understood.

CSD needs to promote business partnership

Writing as yet another past-president of the Chartered Society of Designers, I endorse the comments of Jeremy Rewse-Davies (DW 11 February). The executive committee’s attitude to design unity played a large part in my decision to resign the presidency. In a world where design must be linked to business, CSD management seems bent on isolating […]

CLK.MPL buys Brand Futures to lead sector

CLK.MPL has acquired “futures” group The Brand Futures Consultancy from the Grey Communication Group, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition forms part of CLK.MPL’s bid to become “the most innovative brand and design group in Europe”, says chairman Chris Wood. Brand Futures CLK, as it is now known, was established in 1997 with the aim […]

Graduate goals must be the same as employer’s

Having read with interest the recent series of correspondence regarding new graduate employment, it is clear that the expectations of new graduates on employment and the skills that employers expect of graduates are not the same. The main division between these two worlds has not actually been previously mentioned and it is education. The gulf […]


Surrey consultancy KW Design has created a corporate brochure for industrial minerals and chemicals supplier Omya UK, with the concept the right mix’ used as the publication’s theme.

Asia Pacific bid by Enterprise IG

WPP-owned global design group Enterprise IG has continued its worldwide expansion with the acquisition of two Australia-based companies. The consultancy now claims it is the biggest branding and identity specialist in the Asia Pacific region, employing more than 100 people. Springham Anderson, a 21 strong group based in Singapore and Perth, and Horniak & Canny, […]

Consultancy fees to rise, says Key Note report

Design consultancy fees are set to rise by 12.7 per cent over the next four years, according to the latest design sector report by business research group Key Note. The growth of the Internet and the increasingly global outlook of the industry are set to be the key drivers of this growth, says the report. […]

ITSU joins up with Grupo Sigla

Itsu, the Japanese restaurant designed by Wolff Olins, has joined forces with leading Spanish retailer and restaurant company Grupo Sigla to open its first non-UK outlet in Madrid. No additional designers have yet been appointed for the venue, which is due to open in six months time, though French designer Philippe Starck has been approached […]

DCMS says websites need EU Trust Mark

The latest Government report into the creative industries has recommended introducing an EU Trust Mark to help identify reliable Internet sites and encourage e-commerce across Europe. The publication from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport says the aims of the proposal are to boost consumer trust and confidence across national boundaries and create opportunities […]

Management is not the only way to succeed

Success for women in design needn’t be measured solely by how many of us have managerial roles. The working world has moved on a bit from conventional consultancies with fixed hierarchies. There are a lot of us out there using traditional female skills to work in a more flexible way. These are exciting times for […]


Three past presidents of the Chartered Society of Designers have aired concerns about the society on DW’s Opinion page in recent weeks. How do you think the CSD might best shape up in the future, as a membership body and an official representative of UK design? ‘Less is more! I have never understood why there […]

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