The Clio Print, Poster & Package Design Awards honoured three UK consultancies last week. Design Bridge picked up a Gold for its work on Drambuie, while Turner Duckworth and Brewer Riddiford both received Silver Clios.

Clinic brands Lego Media

Clinic has created the identity for Lego Media International and is developing product packaging and corporate literature. The move is part of a drive to make Lego the most powerful international brand among families with children by 2005. The client is the youngest company in the Lego group. Its new ranges will include software for […]

Fitch floored by celestial poser

Rodney Fitch & Company is to redesign Heaven, a claim most designers would pay dearly to make. – The Heaven in question is, however, an after-pub rather than an after-life venue.

Multi-skilling is getting me nowhere

I was interested in the question raised by Tony Huggett of Quarto Design (Letters, DW 1 May) regarding cross-over and specialisation, particularly in regard to young/graduate designers. I have a first-class degree in Design and Technology plus a masters in Industrial Design from Central St Martins. The MA allowed me to undertake generative and analytical […]

Laura Ashley plans for survival

Fashion and home furnishings chain Laura Ashley is not to change its logo, but may make adjustments to its store interiors, confirms a spokeswoman for the retailer. The troubled chain, which recently saw the departure of chief executive Ann Iverson, is thought to be seeking a more contemporary image to boost its flagging performance. The […]

Cambridge wants more product design news

With reference to your comment entitled Good design is not limited to London (Comment, DW 8 May), I would like to point out that virtually all the successful new-product development work done in the UK is centred around Cambridge. Cambridge Consultants and its local competition undertake world-class work for global companies in telecoms, healthcare, consumer […]

Tea shops to follow in coffee’s footsteps

The growth of US-style coffee shops is set to accelerate with a chain planned for Eastern Europe and two tea manufacturers looking to apply the concept to the UK tea sector. Newly created company Coffee Plus is to open ten coffee shops in Prague to cater particularly for the tourist market. Soon-to-merge groups F15 and […]


A baby’s sound, movement, breathing and room temperature can all be measured by the new Intouch baby reassurance monitor. The product, launched by Johnson & Johnson, has been designed by Lyons Associates for its client Kindertec. The baby unit features a liquid crystal temperature strip built into its aerial and a night light. The monitor […]

Happy with your handbag?

Plastic bags look set to remain fashionable this summer, with a new range of rucksacks and shoulders bags by Inflate. – The new products, a collaboration with designer Craig Morrison, are a move away from Inflate’s inflatable famed plastic accessories.

Aukett wins office award

Aukett Associates created the interiors for the winning urban workspace building in the 1998 British Council for Offices Awards on Monday. The most effective fit-out category went to M&C Saatchi’s Golden Square building, with architecture by Harper Mackay.

To give away creative work is to give away all

I want to support David Gregory’s views on free-pitching as expressed in his letter (Letters, DW, 1 May). – As a member of the Design Business Association, Needhams endorses the DBA’s view that to give away creative work is to give away all.

Train logos by Giant and CGI

Marsteller Giant has created the new name and identity for the former Regional Railways North East, to reflect its transition to privatisation. It will be known as Northern Spirit from today. “The name and identity reflect the new brand values: friendly, responsive and efficient. The logo is strong, bold and uses modern colours,” says a […]

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