Faced with a 15cm long branch from a dead oak tree, not everyone has the imagination or skills to turn it into a piece of art or a functional design masterpiece.
Every design practitioner seems to have their own idea of how to define the discipline. Nick Sunderland is on a mission to pin it down
As big, high street brands and smaller retailers alike are embracing more unconventional store design, cultivating that ’one-off’, local look for their latest outlets, Anna Richardson takes the measure of the creative vision of a range of innovative shops
While traditional video games rely heavily on visuals to create exciting worlds, a few brave pioneers are foregrounding sound as the key – and sometimes only – element. Scott Billings finds his way through some thrilling, three-dimensional soundscapes – and discovers more practical audio developments too
Designing her own books has allowed Judith Schalansky to explore theories about matching form and content, and build on a childhood fascination with atlases. The German-born author and graphics specialist talks to Anna Richardson
What do you think can be done to raise the standard of design education in the UK?
Bin 2 Bin – what a fantastic collaboration (The Art of Plastic, www.designweek. co.uk, 25 August). Love the Nature Step (pictured).Perhaps this should kick off a series of mash-up exercises that bring together ideators from various corners to create new, sustainable ideas. Any suggestions? John Root Stone, Leading the Brand, by e-mail
In 21 years of working in this industry I have never officially been given a job title (Voxpop, DW 26 August). When I worked at my previous consultancy there were 14 designers and one boss. We just got on with the job without the hierarchy of a title structure. Crush is six people and we […]
I was interested to read Jim Davies’ lament about the state of rail in the UK (Private View, DW 19 August). I agree that there are some much better rail experiences to be found elsewhere in the world, but with the coalition Government’s commitment to High Speed 2, we are at an exciting point in […]
Not everyone loves a rubber stamp, but I’m hooked – there’s no better way to set foot on new soil than with a freshly inked passport. It sets the scene for what’s to come and sparks the inspiration. It all starts at passport control. Homing in on the stamp-happiest attendant, I join their queue and […]
http///verynearlyalmost.com/blog/?p=2901Very Nearly Almost is a blog that documents street art and graffiti. A recent post displays WWF’s latest campaign, which has been created by Ogilvy Paris. It features Photoshopped images of wild animals covered in graffiti, intended as a metaphor for vandalism and the destruction of the planet. http://tiny.cc/i4fh9London Design Guide has teamed up with […]
Finding work is difficult, but graduates should still be wary of crowdsourcing, says Caroline Roberts. What sort of client would commission design services using this phenomenon?