21 November 1996

Graphics list circulated to rail design buyers

A line-up of approved graphic design groups is about to be created for circulation to all UK rail industry design buyers. The qualified vendor’s list is a quarterly bulletin compiled by Link Up, the rail supplier qualification company, and is sent to all privatised and British Rail organisations. It allows buyers to select services for […]

Criticised DBA website has at least one admirer

Contrary to Michael Johnson’s comment about the Design Business Association’s website being “shocking and horrible”(DW New Media supplement, 1 November), I think it is brilliant. We view it here on 14in to 20in monitors and so far have not had any trouble navigating. It is fast, highlights the aims and activities of the DBA, and […]

Sticking to the streets

With images being paraded down the glitzy highways of moving media like the Net, communication to a guaranteed audience could become a thing of the past, so the poster has never been more powerful. Peter Hall reports from a symposium which explained why

Appropriate research is key to helping dyslexia

It’s hard to describe how good Qona Rankin’s letter made me feel (DW 1 November), principally because she understands that dyslexia affects more than spelling – and includes the studio situation. It’s especially important to understand that many of our students fail to operate at their full capacity if they are taught in a sequential […]

DoE identity – or is that DIY?

A new identity is such a wonderful opportunity to iron out all inconsistencies in style. Especially for the Department of the Environment, which told DW that it was very keen to standardise its many sub-identities and “fly under one corporate flag” (DW 15

Intrepid cyclist raises charity cash

It may be a case of mad dogs and Englishwomen, but it’s all for a damned good cause. Webb Scarlett Design’s Diana Hawes is heading over to Egypt to cycle 100km a day around the Egyptian desert in blazing sunshine to raise money for Mencap, the charity for

Amateur dramatics

Dick Petersen, sceptical of the way architects handle interiors, checks out the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts to see how it’s faring one year on. Dick Petersen is a design consultant and senior lecturer in design management at The Surrey Institu

Future Dates

Friday 13 December Make a note of the Design History Society Annual Conference, this year hosted by Middlesex University.

Six depart in WTS reshape

Wickens Tutt Southgate has made six people redundant, including a design director, as it “reshapes” to complete its deal with Rodney Fitch and Virgin. Design director Ashley Carter was one of two creative staff to leave the consultancy last week, the other being a junior designer, according to WTS chairman Mark Wickens. The other four […]

Sands condemns EU directive

The European Union directive ruling that employees should not work more than 48 hours a week is “against the spirit” of the design industry, according to Design Business Association chairman Jonathan Sands. The ruling could prove detrimental to the profession, which notoriously relies on designers working irregular and long hours, warns Sands, though he is […]


The Branding Iron’s campaign promoting Tesco’s commitment to selling Scottish produce is proving so successful its run is being extended throughout its 66 Scottish stores. The campaign promotes a variety of products ‘caught in’, ‘made in’, ‘baked in’ and ‘grown in’ Scotland via posters and other point-of-sale material. The Branding Iron, part of Tayburn Group, […]

Never do it. You’ll never get out of the business once you’re in it.’ Advice from French design guru Jel Desgrippes to people contemplating setting up a design group

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