20 March 1997


Artist George Grosz’s ability to capture the acrid whiff of 1920s Berlin is being celebrated with an exhibition at London’s Royal Academy which opens today. Publicity material for the show is designed by Oxygen. The posters, leaflets and invitations make varied use of the prostitutes, pimps, beggars, bankers and bureaucrats immortalised by Grosz.

Reasons to be fearful

The Marie Celeste of academia or an oversubscribed, pick-and-mix jumble of courses? Design education is seen as both – and it doesn’t bode well for the future, says Jeremy Myerson

Working on the railroads

Weston Williamson is undertaking a feasibility study for London Underground’s Northern Line project team on ten of its stations. Consultancy director Chris Williamson hopes that the results of the study, to be completed next month, will be incorporated into any plans a future government might have to bring private investment into individual stations or the […]

Brown Inc to set up in Paris

One of the UK’s fastest growing branding design groups is expanding into Paris to service its eastern and southern European clients. Brown Inc also has longer term plans for the Middle and Far East. The Paris office will be headed by Francis Gosset, formerly development director at Landor. It will have five staff, but managing […]

Optimistic Top 100 survey

The Top 100 design consultancies saw design fee income rise by 19 per cent during 1996. Projections are for a further 17 per cent growth by the end of 1997. Product research and design group Cambridge Consultants tops this year’s chart, which is based on design-related earnings by UK offices. For details, see pages 47 […]


Pyott Design’s Martin Bacon, Marc Ward and James Pyott have designed the new British Airways duty-free goods catalogue. Photographers Tim Evan Cook, Joseph Hunwick and Paul Massey helped add ‘imagination and flair’ to an item which has often lacked style in the past, says Pyott. The brief called for a total change of image for […]

Hail a more prosperous and complex industry

If you don’t trust the optimism designers currently project, this year’s Top 100 survey proves that the UK design industry has turned a corner and bears a promise of prosperity all round (see page 47). Even without megagroups Landor and Imagination, whose accounting systems prevent them from complying with our survey conditions, and “spoilt” survey […]

Agenda pulls a pub change

Agenda Design is to create a “gentle evolution” of formats for the Slug and Lettuce chain of pubs following changes at parent company Grosvenor Inns. Grosvenor has announced that it is to shed its other brands to concentrate solely on the Slug and Lettuce name. It will also change its name to Slug and Lettuce […]

Boarders take the piste

Janice Kirkpatrick sussed out the Scottish skiing set and was surprised to find that stereotypes of snowboarders being cool while skiers are naff, were all true

Lopex profit in action

Design in Action’s parent group Lopex has reported pre-tax profits of 3.4m for 1996, up 51 per cent on 1995. Chief executive Peter Thomas says Lopex has reserves of 4m, compared to net debts of almost 12m in 1990. Lopex has appointed former Interbrand European chairman Paul Stobart as a non-executive director.

Continental drift

Alan Morris and Neil Poulton are two of the UK’s most successful design exports to mainland Europe. One can’t get enough of it, the other is becoming increasingly wary. Lynda Relph-Knight spoke to Bologna-based Morris, and Conway Lloyd Morgan travelled to

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