22 April 2010

Route masters

Designers like a bit of map. City transport maps, especially, are the ultimate in graphic communication, presenting information used every day by legions of travellers. Transport maps become so familiar to a city’s commuters that proposed changes are often rebelled against. In 2007, Madrid’s residents were outraged when their city was ’redrawn’ in a new, […]

Seamless flow

Wayfinding is becoming an ever more central part of new infrastructure, and it is at its most crucial in the realm of transport. So how do you design signs that are so intuitive that they’re easy to take in under pressure, while also looking good? Anna Richardson navigates recent schemes

Jón Björnsson

Birch, fish and lava

Volcanic ash notwithstanding, Iceland’s financial crisis has paradoxically come as a bit of a blessing for its creative industries, making people more willing to take risks and put design ideas into production. Hannah Booth checks out the scene in a country that is making the most of its natural resources

Nicholas Rawling

Profile: Paper Cinema

Paper Cinema’s evocative performances work magic with film projections of puppets stuck on cereal boxes, all set to shadowy lighting and live music. Yolanda Zappaterra speaks to illustrator Nicholas Rawling about his surreal creation


Wayne Hemingway’s Vintage at Goodwood festival takes inspiration from the 1940s to today. Which period inspires you, and why?

There’s no way we can do without logos, Simon

While it might be an interesting intellectual exercise to pretend the logo is dead (Insight, 1 April), it seems that Simon Manchipp hasn’t walked down his local high street for a while. In a world full of advertising a simple and easily recognisable logo has never been a more important property. Look at shopfronts, look […]

The stories behind the manifesto covers

Whoever said don’t judge a book by its cover was wrong. The design semiotics of the main political parties’ General Election manifestos leave you in no doubt as to their underlying philosophies. On the left, Labour with a postwar retro socialist look, complete with family staring towards a future overflowing with milk and honey. With […]

Inspired: Ian Hambleton – Studio Output

It’s probably not the best thing to say, but I don’t get out anywhere near enough. Certainly not to take in everything I need too, to filter the world and its culture, to seek out inspiration and new things. Of course, like everyone I have my hobbies and interests… film, TV and an unhealthy obsession […]

Best of the Web

www.core77.com/blog/featured_items/design_thinkingeverywhere_and_nowhere_reflections_on_the_big_re-think__16277.asp Last month, The Economist teamed up with the Design Council to produce the The Big Rethink: Redesigning Business Summit in London. Core 77 asked Kevin McCullagh for his reflections on the event and the state of design thinking. www.thehundreds.com/wordpress/?p=15080 Bobby Hundreds reviews the US premiere of Banksy film Exit Through the Gift Shop, at […]

Yesteryear’s ads

Somehow, defying the elements and the passage of time, a few fading wall signs of long-gone eras are still with us. David Bernstein ponders the paradoxes they present

Perfect Day

Party poopers

The election manifestos of the main political parties contain scant pickings for design, and commentators are also concerned about the collective failure to address the gaping hole in public finances. Angus Montgomery reports

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