20 September 2007


Other worldly

Simple techniques are often the most effective, and paper cut-outs – perhaps the most basic of all – can achieve striking results. Lydia Fulton looks at the work
of two exponents of this time-honoured craft


Corporate responsibility reports are never going to top the bestseller lists, but social and financial pressures are forcing even the biggest companies to show their caring side. Clare Dowdy looks at the genre’s short history, and deconstructs three examplesAS A GENRE of reporting, it’s relatively fledgling, increasingly obligatory,fraught with pitfalls and often unread. Corporate social […]


The golden rates

Skills shortages are driving up the demand for certain freelances, leading to inflation-busting increases in remuneration and warping the market for permanent staff. Fiona Sibley analyses the findings of our survey of freelance salary levelsPERHAPS there has never been a better time to go freelance. Fulfilling a role traditionally played down as the least secure […]


Liverpool plans city rebrand after European year of culture

Liverpool Culture Company plans to launch a tender to rebrand the city following its reign as European City of Culture in 2008. The process could begin in the spring, according to LCC marketing director Kris Donaldson. ‘We are currently exploring where we take the city beyond 2008 in terms of brand positioning,’ says Donaldson. ‘We […]

Survey shows it pays to go freelance

Remuneration for freelance staff has risen dramatically over the past 12 months, Design Week’s freelance salary survey reveals. In some sectors, where a high demand for design skills outstrips supply, those going freelance stand to earn higher fees than permanent staff paid annual salaries. These include the digital sector, where recruitment consultants report a higher […]

National identity explored at 100% Design discussion

National identity was the subject of a discussion on European design at trade show 100% Design last Friday. Spanish designer Jaime Hayon compared notes with Danish-English designer Louise Campbell and English-Indian duo Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien, at what organisers claimed was the best-attended talk at this year’s show. Hayon asserted that he feels London […]


H Studio cooks up Law Society restaurant

The Law Society has opened a new restaurant, designed by H Studio. The Six Clerks Restaurant and Bar will serve the society’s members and their guests, as well as ‘social members’ allowed in under a new paid membership scheme.Although it was located in The Law Society’s distinguished 19th century building on London’s Chancery Lane, H […]

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Bath urgently needed Dyson’s design school

As an ex-Dyson designer, now running a product design consultancy in Bath, I want to express my dismay and huge disappointment at the council’s decision not to sell the South Quay site to James Dyson for his School of Design Innovation. For a city that recently has been slated in The Observer, described as lacking […]


Musical mystery tour

When Julie Taymor announced she was creating an original 1960s-set big-screen musical using songs by The Beatles, the director’s fans knew that, at the very least, the result would prove a visual feast. And Taymor, who created The Lion King musical on Broadway in New York, has not disappointed. Her politically charged love story, which […]

Savile row in a primark world?

Virtual agencies offering bespoke ‘total solutions’ for each brand or campaign are the future, Simon Barbato argues. They can also be a lot cheaper than traditional creative groups

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From Carmen to Kanye West, stage designer Es Devlin’s talents have been much in demand throughout her career. Talking to Yolanda Zappaterra, she reveals that she is still in thrall to the lure of live performance

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