2 September 2010

Oak challenge

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.

Herman Ze German sausage takeaway concept, created by Campaign

Independent touch

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

In the dark

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

Judith Schalansky

Profile: Judith Schalansky

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?

Don’t let the grass grow under the feet of this idea

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

UK plc needs train designs as sexy as this

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 […]

Inspired: Jesse Boyce – Lethal

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 […]

Best of the Web

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 […]

Crowd dynamics

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?

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