21 August 2003

Design mission to drum up Japanese business

As British designers prepare to head to Japan on a Trade Partners UK mission, the organisation is counselling that groups need to work to convince Japanese clients of the value of design. Trade Partners UK export promoter Alison Scott says Japan offers real opportunities for designers, but clients need to be educated about the value […]

Future date

In’nova is a new international trade fair for professional exhibitors and buyers of tableware, kitchenware, home textiles and housewares. The fair is launched by FIL/International Fair of Lisbon, Portugal, and runs from 19-21 September. Contact: www.fil-innova.com.

Dr. Martens steps up youth appeal

Iconic footwear brand Dr. Martens is in talks with design consultancies to create sub-brands aimed at widening its appeal beyond ‘the industrial sector’ and youth culture, Design Week has learned this week. It is understood a brief has been issued to address how Dr. Martens is positioned, and look at the possibility of creating sub-brands […]

Bayley chucks brickbat at new series on the Beeb

Sometime Vox Pop contributor Stephen Bayley has really set the mink among the poodles with his Independent article that slams Restoration, the BBC’s Pop-Idol-for-architecture programme. ‘Stuff the National Trust’ was essentially the line from Bayley (pictured), but his views attracted more horrified letters than the Hutton Inquiry. Mind you, when his e-mail address includes ‘opinions’ […]

Never a better time to help design reach board level

The saga of Samsung Design Europe is interesting, throwing up a number of things of which the UK design community can be proud. It goes without saying that the small London team involves top talents, most of whom are from the UK, but the great thing is that the Korean home electronics giant has recognised […]

Interbrand director Simmons quits

John Simmons, Interbrand director of verbal identity, has left the group after 19 years to work as a consultant and writer. He plans to work with writers’ collective 26 and www.thewriter.co.uk, as well as corporate clients. Interbrand chairman Rita Clifton says a decision has not yet been made on replacing Simmons. Simmons (above) joined Interbrand, […]


A Cut Above the Rest, from 23 August to 26 October, features blades – from scissors to scythes, surgical saws to ice skates – taken from the Hawley Collection at the University of Sheffield. Venue: Millennium Galleries, Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PP. John Piper: A Versatile Artist, from 23 August to 21 September, showcases Piper’s […]

Vodafone calls up duo to build global CSR strategy

Vodafone has called in Corporate Edge and organisational change specialist Harkness Kennett to devise and implement a corporate social responsibility programme for its global workforce by March 2004. A research phase will kick-off next week, with creative work expected to begin in October. Likely outputs will include employee magazines and other print material, an on-line […]

Digit staff set up breakaway group

Three Digit directors, including founding partner Simon Sankarayya, are leaving the group to set up a breakaway consultancy, All of Us, it has emerged this week. Sankarayya will be joined by Digit interactive director Orlando Mathias, design director Nick Cristea, new business manager Phil Gerrard and Random Media creative director Mickey Stretton. The move leaves […]

Directory enquiries calls on design for assistance

The directory enquiries market rings in the changes on Sunday, with BT’s 192 no longer available, but designers believe very few of the 15 companies operating the new 118 numbers have made a strong connection with consumers as yet. Oftel has handed licences to around 80 companies in all, though only ‘four or five’ are […]

Mintat rebrands Iranian oil group

Minale Tattersfield is presenting first concepts next month to Iran-based automotive oil company Caspian, following its appointment in June to redesign the company’s identity and develop a series of sub-brands. The project’s details are still to be defined, but it is likely to be worth close to £100 000 in fees to the consultancy. It […]

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