Obituary: Saul Steinberg

Missing out on a complete collection of books by the artist/ illustrator/cartoonist Saul Steinberg ten years ago left such a scar on me that the painful healing process of collecting his work, bit by bit, made me appreciate it even more. While less known in the UK, his exhibitions, books and work in The New […]

Tensions build at BDI meeting

THE BRITISH DESIGN INITIATIVE’S first closed meeting of industrial product designers is understood to have reinforced tensions between the engineering and non-engineering fraternities of design. Last Wednesday at Pankhurst Design and Development’s studio in Hammersmith, 30 directors met for the first event. The aim was to discuss industry issues and how to address them collectively. […]

Fitch in sports role

A 57m sports village development in Milton Keynes is being designed in conjunction with Fitch. Capital and Regional’s development, due to open in summer 2000, will feature an indoor ski centre, a 16-screen multiplex cinema, health club and various retail outlets. Fitch senior consultant David Fraser confirms Fitch is involved in the design. He says […]

Silber & Fleming dolls house

The Stock Illustration Source features the work of Vicky Emptage, Paul Garland, Michael Sheehy and Nancy Tolford at Illustrate your point until 23 June.

Mobiles to get Smart alphabet

NEW YORK product design and development group Smart Design is developing a sophisticated text messaging language for mobile communications products using a nine-button keypad. Thumbscript, which is awaiting US and international patents, claims to solve the problems of alphanumeric systems in use in the UK: slowness, the need to see the keypad and the lack […]

UCI drops Fitch for UK work in favour of RTKL

United Cinemas International is ceasing to use Fitch for its cinema design in the UK and will instead work solely with London design and architecture group RTKL. “We are not working with Fitch [in the UK] any more – we are working with RTKL” says UCI senior vice-president northern Europe Steve Knibbs. He adds that […]

What good is design if the client can’t make use of it?

Regarding the comments made by Revolution (DW 7 May), I suspect that they are merely highlighting the fact that a lot of implementation is tiresome and dull. It is more enjoyable to be involved in conceptual and creative design work. But correct and thorough implementation is crucial to the success of a project. A designer’s […]

Passion for the message will show in the design

Clarity, generosity, skills and… passion! I would add this quality to comments (Comment, DW 14 May) on the definition of creativity. Communicating the message with passion means putting something of yourself into every project. Some designers even sacrifice career prospects because they care so much about their work that they are unwilling to compromise. Don’t […]

CDG picks First Choice brand

CONRAN DESIGN GROUP has created the summer/winter 2000 brochure for First Choice, the UK’s third largest tour operator. The brochure represents part of the travel company’s brand communication review. The changes seek to reflect First Choice’s desired image as a “younger, more responsive and imaginative company offering an individual and flexible service”. CDG managing director […]


Design Bridge has created a new brand identity for the Wall’s Viennetta range of ice cream products. The new livery goes is launched in 16 countries this week. Featuring soft-focus photography and a graduated colour scheme to represent different flavours, the brand targets female customers in their 30s with families.

Everyone brightens their day the Playtex way

Possibly unaware of the end of the world in just two months time, Playtex has developed a new range of colourful underwear without any hi-tech gadgets. According to the company’s press release, colour ‘affects our mood, outlook and behaviour so wearing colourful underwear can brighten your day’. Never mind that the traditional method of wearing […]

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