Lighthouse founder picks up an OBE

Design talent was recognised and rewarded in this summer’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Stuart MacDonald, founding director of Scotland’s national design centre The Lighthouse, received an OBE, along with handbag designer Lucinda Guinness, fashion designer Julien MacDonald and Yo Sushi! founder Simon Woodroffe.

Dragon completes branding project for Symrise

Dragon has completed an 18-month brand positioning project for Symrise, a global supplier of fragrances, flavourings and ingredients for the perfume, food and cosmetics industries. The branding rolls out worldwide this month.

Build strength in numbers

If employees feel they are a pivotal part of a consultancy, the founders can concentrate on securing the future of the business, says Geoff Nicol That glass ceiling… it hurts. One of the reasons Doug Alexander and I set up Navyblue Design Group in 1994 was that we both had unsightly bumps on our heads. […]

Profile: Kurt Naef

Swiss designer and manufacturer Kurt Naef produces carefully crafted ‘toys with soul’ that capture the imaginations of children and adults alike. Yolanda Zappaterra meets a fairy-tale figure As I wait for Kurt Naef to pick up the phone, I’m trying to think of a single famous toy-maker. It seems sad that the most famous – […]

Marsteller London hires Collier as MD

Desirée Collier has joined Marsteller London, the integrated advertising, design and interactive arm of the Burson Marsteller public relations group, as managing director. She joins Marsteller as it seeks to grow its integrated media offering. She will be at the helm of this strategy, overseeing the expansion with a long-term goal to align Marsteller London […]

Family members to help design David Mellor museum

Family members of the industrial designer David Mellor are helping to conceive the interior and exhibition design of a new museum that will display his lifetime work. The David Mellor Design Museum, designed by architect Sir Michael Hopkins, will open in Sheffield in September. On show will be his cutlery designs, redesigned traffic light system […]

Ballot box branding

As the Conservative Party is considering ditching its ‘flaming torch’ identity, Scott Billings examines the story behind Tory branding Albert Speer knew a thing or two about visual impact. Even with the weight of hindsight, exposure to footage of the Nuremberg rallies in the 1930s is still wincingly affecting. And, while the movement may have […]


As a student at the Central School of Art and Design in the early 1980s, I came across a book called Forget All the Rules You Ever Learned about Graphic Design: Including the Ones in this Book, by Bob Gill, and, ever since, have found the best way to tackle any problem is not to […]

Hat Trick wins pitch for Twickenham Stadium identity

Ahead of its £100m redevelopment, Twickenham Stadium is to be rebranded as an entertainment venue with an identity and wayfinding system created by Hat Trick Design Consultants. Hat Trick was appointed to the project following a five-way credentials and strategy pitch held last month. It is tasked with creating a cohesive identity to brand the […]

AIG London signage work is still delayed

A much-postponed major wayfinding strategy for central London – created by Applied Information Group – is still without a publication date, according to a spokeswoman for Central London Partnership, the body that commissioned the scheme (DW 18 November 2004).The project will provide a signage system ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games, but is understood […]

RCA graduates take wittier approach to show

This year, The Royal College of Art Summer Show features a typically witty and eclectic mix of graphic and illustrative-led work produced by its graduating communication art and design students. Displayed at The Show, Part Two this week, which runs from 23 June to 2 July, the exhibited items are the culmination of two years […]

New world order

The makers of Renaissance would probably throttle Robert Rodriguez if they ever ran into him in one of the dark alleys of their animated science fiction thriller. While not specifically a Frank Miller adaptation, their film is obviously indebted to the graphic novelist’s starkly monochrome world. Yet, in bringing Miller’s Sin City to the big […]

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