20 March 2008

Coke bottle

What’s driving innovation in food packaging

Packaging designers need to think more laterally, and in terms of systems, rather than discrete elements, says a report into food packaging by trend research group The Future Laboratory.Its forthcoming Food Futures book, published on 21 April, claims packaging designers need to think about the challenges facing them – from preservation, cost-effectiveness and brand experience […]

Discover Ireland

New identity for Discover Ireland

Consumer travel brand Discover Ireland is getting a new identity, by Irish consultancy Designworks, which will be applied across Ireland in coming months.Spearheading the country’s ‘largest-ever’ domestic tourism push, the branding is a bid to challenge people’s preconceptions of what is available in Ireland and to encourage them to discover the country.The logos have been […]

Las Vegas double-decker bus

Contemporary Routemaster designer revealed

After setting up automotive design studio Capoco in the 1970s, Alan Ponsford found his niche in bus design. Three decades later, demand for his experience is greater than ever. John Stones catches up with a seasoned veteran


Lighting designers to shine at Luminale 08

Clients’ concerns are evolving and sustainability is often now part of the brief. But it wasn’t always this way, so Clare Dowdy asked five consultancies how they would redo past projects to fit the new eco-conscious consensus

Marketing collateral

Brand reaction to Green fatigue

If 2007 was the year the public finally ‘got’ climate change, 2008 looks like it might be the year of the ethical backlash. Indeed, a term has already been coined to describe growing public cynicism and boredom with all things eco: ‘Green fatigue’.The issue is, unsurprisingly, filtering down into design briefs. When Ico Design, the […]

Stefan Hoenerloh

Stone cold

London’s Westway – the elevated section of the A40 – has a certain urban grit, and has been honoured by a line in the Clash’s White Riot. But it has never been shown alongside the work of Neo-Classical architect Sir John Soane – until now. For in Pitzhanger Manor’s PM Gallery, the house designed by […]

Bill Wallsgrove

Time to topple the pyramids

Networks, clusters and ‘hub and spoke’ arrangements – rather than big consultancies – are the working models of the future, says Bill Wallsgrove

Oper 46, a light installation by Klima

Night and day

With Luminale light festival opening next week in Frankfurt, Trish Lorenz wonders how much longer such showcases for technology can continue to skate over issues of sustainability, while Henrietta Thompson looks at the work of a designer keen to take a hu

Silver Cross packaging, designed by Love

Buy buy baby

The market in premium baby design seems to be well and truly bouncing. ‘One of our best sellers is a Maclaren buggy with leather seat, at £800,’ says Janet Rawnsley, co-founder of The Baby on-line retailer, which has just been redesigned with a more lifestyle-led image by consultancy Caulder Moore. She reckons that her customers […]


This month sees the launch of a host of China design initiatives. Are we right to be celebrating China’s design achievements? Do politics get in the way? At my old college, the head of graphics’ claim to fame was that he’d designed the iconic Che Guevara image, adopted by so many students the world over. […]

Richard Williams, Founder, Williams Murray Hamm,

Williams Murray Hamm didn’t work on Grant’s whisky

I spotted on the Design Week website that in 2006, Williams Murray Hamm was involved in a three-way strategic pitch for Grant’s whisky. It’s untrue. We were approached about the project and decided not to participate because the terms, imposed by an external procurement resource, were completely unacceptable to us. Richard Williams, Founder, Williams Murray […]

Don’t push school children into the commercial world

Regarding your Voxpop about apprenticeship placements for school children (DW 13 March), I’d say that traditional apprenticeships have always worked well based on a system of mutual benefit. Although changed, it is still an effective system for learning creative and practical disciplines. Standardising the existing practice of ‘work placements’ would benefit all involved. I would, […]

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