Where’s the Old Bill when you need ’em? Well, they’re all in bleedin’ America, aren’t they. Actually, it’s 1500 cardboard cut-outs of coppers, attached to stairlifts for the elderly, which are being sold Stateside. The stairlifts, designed by Pure Design for Acorn Stairlifts, have proved a huge hit in the US, where they are providing ‘a degree of reassurance to a customer base that demands sensitivity, safety and comfort’. Good God, do they know what our bobbies are really like? If the British police force is anything to go by, the stairlift will turn up about three days after you’ve called for it.
A round-up of moves, changes and appointments in the design world.
From a fully functional American diner through to Google’s unnerving house showing how technology has taken over our lives, we round up our favourites from this year’s Italian design festival.
Research conducted into the diversity of the creative industries shows the sector on the whole to be hard to access for ethnic minorities, women and those from low-income backgrounds.
Japanese designer Kosuke Takahashi talks about why he decided to create a new typeface that incorporates braille and letters to cater for both blind and sighted people.