Sneaker pimps

Trainers are arguably the most overtly designed product on the market. Ahead of mobile phones and CD covers, they seem to me to be the most design-dependent style accessory around.

Straw rejects Bruges Group’s plagiarism claims

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has ‘strongly rejected’ claims that the UK’s European Union Presidency emblem is a plagiarised version of the logo used by Eurosceptic think-tank The Bruges Group (DW 7 July). In a written response seen by Design Week to the group’s co-chairman Lord Lamont, Straw defends the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s procedure in […]


There is such a thing as a free lunch for Lisa Linder, who ditched her advertising job to become a jet-setting photographer in the rarefied world of travel and gastronomy. Hannah Booth asks how it’s done

Bad timing to move World Creative Forum out of London

Your recent Vox Pop question (DW 14 July) asked about the potential of the World Creative Forum to promote UK design at home and abroad if it is based outside London. The forum could potentially change the way that design is perceived throughout the UK, because it will be staged at the same time as […]

If you sidestep health restrictions you betray the public

Work by Fitch, Design Bridge and Dragon Rouge for tobacco companies is innovative I’m sure (Feature, DW 30 June), but how admirable is applying creativity to get around health restrictions? Oliver Grenier seems to express the view that finding ways to circumnavigate such rules is what makes a designer’s job fascinating. Rising to such a […]


As the successful Olympics bid team regroups to organise the 2012 games in London, what steps should the fledgling London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games take to ensure effective design management in the run-up to the event?

In-house transformation for Evans

Arcadia-owned fashion retailer Evans is redesigning its Oxford Street shop using an in-house team. ‘It will be a totally different store,’ says a spokeswoman. The shop is due to re-open in October.

Yo! Sushi on a roll with Intro rebrand and diverse expansion

Yo! Sushi, the Japanese restaurant chain, is poised to launch a raft of design-led projects as it rolls out an ‘aggressive’ expansion plan over the next two years. Georgia Hall, head of marketing at Yo! Sushi, is overseeing the work and gave details of the forthcoming initiatives in an interview with Design Week. She revealed […]

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