2 October 2008

LDA reassures on design centre fears

The London Development Agency is pouring cold water on rumours that the International Design Centre planned for London will be scrapped due to lack of funding.‘We have no reason to assume this won’t go ahead,’ an LDA spokeswoman says. ‘The IDX programme is going through our approvals process, and the next phase of the business […]

How design drives consumption

Any analysis of contemporary visual culture tends to major on art, but Deyan Sudjic suggests students of human behaviour shouldn’t underestimate the role
played by design in creating the perceptions that drive us all to consume

Sarah Frater meets Tate Media¹s Jane Burton

Tate Media creative director Jane Burton knows a thing or two about digital. She helped to forge Tate’s online offering and is now morphing it into a broadband arts channel. Sarah Frater asks her how it’s done

Wearable games console launches

The first games console to use radio frequency identification technology, designed around interaction, launches in the UK today.The designer behind some of Nokia’s most popular handsets, Khodi Feiz, has turned his hand to start-up brand Swinxs, initiated by its creator Govert de Vries and backed by the founder of Bugaboo strollers Eduard Zanen.Feiz, the founder […]

Snowboard scoops £50 000 Fiat prize

Independent designer Nick Rawcliffe has won Fiat’s Smiles per Hour competition, claiming a £50 000 prize for his Snowbone prototype. Under the competition brief, designers were asked to create a ‘transporter’ to make travelling more enjoyable. Rawcliffe’s design, chosen from five finalists, combines the base of a snowboard and the handlebars of a BMX. He […]

Recession-proof reads?

This month sees the launch of two design-led magazines which target the wealthy and the creative. David Benady examines their genesis

News in Pictures

Play & Soft, a range of children’s soft furnishings
created by Italian education consultancy Reggio Children, has been designed to change shape and size to encourage exploration and fit in with learning progression.

Sao Paulo’s banned adverts

When the local mayor introduced a law banning outdoor advertising in São Paulo, landmarks disappeared and citizens lost income from renting out the walls of their homes. However, Michael Canturi thinks it could spark a resurgence in creativity

Bin there

Abducting a wheelie bin is the sort of prank you associate with student dares and drunken nights out. It’s on a par with nicking traffic cones and motorway service signs, and then filming yourself doing it and putting the image on YouTube. In the case of South African design consultancy Cow, which took five bins, […]

Box matches

Whether as transit protection, branding opportunity or merchandising, electronic goods packaging is a sophisticated challenge for designers already worrying about materials reduction. Paul Gander looks at the approaches taken by four brands

Etch a text

From illuminated manuscripts to graphic novels, the work of the illustrator fashions the way readers visualise fictional characters. We take a look at a new book which traces the history of the relationship between words and pictures

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