22 March 2007

Vespa

Stick and go

Stand out from the crowd with custom decal kits that give your scooter a bit more zip. Liz Farrelly checks out the illustrations on offer for those who want to pimp their Vespas

Las Vegas Bay Sands

Place your bets

The new breed of supercasinos – complete with lavish arhitecture, restaurants, sports and shopping facilities, hotels and even museums – could offer interesting opportunities to designers

World of Monsterism

Move with the times

If illustrators are prepared to animate their characters, they are more likely to appeal to the commercial sector. For many, it’s a natural progression

Mark Gandy

Brandhouse WTS chief Gandy leaves

Brandhouse WTS managing director Mark Gandy has left the consultancy after 12 years to pursue other interests.He is expected to take some time out from the industry to decide on his future path. He will not be immediately replaced and consultancy chairman Mark Wickens will step into the role of managing director to handle the […]

Kohler Hat Box with Model

UK misses top spots in Red Dot awards

British designers took only ten of the 523 gongs given at this year’s Red Dot product design awards, announced in Germany last week. None of the 43 Best of Best awards went to British designers.However, Softroom and Virgin Atlantic, Best of Show winners in the Design Week Awards, also picked up a Red Dot for […]

Fascination Records

Red Design creates sleeve for concept CD

Start-up label Fascination Records this week launches the debut album from Paul Steel, its first signing, with sleeve design and art direction by Brighton consultancy Red Design.April & I is a concept album about a boy and his imaginary friend, April. It chronicles how April helps him with the struggles of growing up. To illustrate […]

Clicquot Loveseat

News in Pictures

Karim Rashid has designed the Clicquot Loveseat, the first piece of branded furniture from champagne producer Veuve Clicquot. The ‘lovers’ seat’ is presented in soft pinks to complement the company’s rosé champagne.

Ola Kolehmainen

Finnish abstraction

For many years, Germany was the hot zone of European art photography, thanks to the alumni of photographic pioneers Bernd and Hiller Becher from the Düsseldorf Academy. Now it is Finland’s turn, with Helsinki’s University of Art and Design the star turn at art fairs and biennials. For about 30 years this art school – […]

Voxpop

The Chartered Society of Designers has signed up the first accredited design group to its Design Association, following a four-month assessment process. What is the value of consultancy accreditation to the design industry? I can see the value of accreditation within professions where the public’s safety is at risk – engineering and medicine, for example. […]

Pizza Hut

Can design stop Pizza Hut going down the deep pan?

I would like to respond to last week’s Voxpop (DW 15 March), which asked/ what can design do to improve the Pizza Hut experience without losing its core values? As ‘America’s Favourite Pizza’ becomes the ‘UK’s most reviled’, you imagine that the current sticky, noisy, smelly, badly serviced and cheese-rimmed-with-four-dessert offer must overhaul everything it […]

New Balance

Is graffiti ‘vandalism’? Should it be boycotted?

This e-mail responds to a news story on the Design Week website, which reported that Adidas will be applying the work of seven graffiti artists to one of its clothing lines. ‘We are members of the anti-graffiti association, whose aim is to reduce the impact of graffiti in our society. To any sensible mind it […]

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