Friday 21 June The Wilford Stirling Wilford exhibition is the first opportunity to see the work of Michael Wilford and Partners since James Stirling’s death in 1992.

Debonair identity finally takes off

Debonair, one of the UK’s newest airlines, has finally launched with a corporate identity programme designed two years ago by Foster, Stevens, Secunda. The consultancy was bought out this February by Lawlor Property Marketing and is now called Lawlor Foster Marketing. Both companies are operating independently and Debonair’s corporate identity is being implemented by Lawlor […]

Expo ’98 signs winner

Japanese designer Shigeo Fukuda’s signage designs have been chosen for Lisbon’s Expo ’98 after a paid creative pitch (DW 7 June). The designs will be used on about 60 signs in and around the Expo site. See News Analysis, page 7.

DoH 38-strong roster

The Department of Health is this week due to announce a 38-strong design roster after an anonymous credentials pitch involving 320 consultancies.


HJ Heinz has launched its baked beans on to the Russian market with can label design by BPC International. A can for the Polish and Czech markets by BPC is also going on shelf, and a Hungarian version is planned. London News Radio is relaunching its AM frequency later this year under a new name. […]

Riders of the storm

Janice Kirkpatrick loves nothing more than the thrill of burning some rubber on her Ducati. But the pleasure of the open road is becoming an anachronism – now the average journey means inhaling huge amounts of fumes and sitting for hours in a jam. It’s ab


‘I worked on the goldfish sound’ A tongue in cheek Barrie Weaver on his input into the Response 2000, which allows you to record any sound to replace the traditional ringing tone

John Sorrell receives CBE

John Sorrell has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours. The honour is for Sorrell’s services to design – both through Newell and Sorrell and via his chairmanship of the Design Council since 1994.


Rather than being another tantalising glimpse of stylish futuristic new computer interfaces which never seem to make it to the market, these products are real and really ready. They are the outcome of a collaboration between one-year-old Californian company Diba and Pentagram’s product design partner in San Francisco, Robert Brunner. The interactive units are aimed […]


Chemical giant ICI has a new reception area at its Millbank headquarters designed by Morgan Lovell. The consultancy relocated the area to the front of the building and designed the desk so that receptionists can follow company policy and greet visitors standing up. Morgan Lovell, which had done previous work for the client, also added […]

A black square with a name in it is a put-off

The Design Council logo is a spiffing idea. Anything that creates its own “defensible space” (DW 7 June) has got to be mind enriching in some way. It has at least given us some idea of what the Design Council actually does, that is, produce small black squares with its name inside. In three years […]

Design is best left out of corporate equation

It is obviously good news to hear that prospects are brightening for design consultancies offering strategic input rather than simply selling the art and craft of design (DW 7 June), but is this really the right direction for design? Design is the poor relation in the family of management consultancy, no doubt because fashions have […]

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