23 August 2007


The Design Business Association has introduced a three-tiered system of gold, silver and bronze for its Design Effectiveness Awards. Does this answer concerns that the awards do not take account of creative excellence, following the award of last year’s Grand Prix to BR&Me for the Foster’s multipack? Lots of products now seem to have tier […]

Schools deserve better than mere quick-fix Portakabins

It is encouraging to read that the Design Council (among others) is voicing its concern that consideration needs to be given to the design process in the Building Schools for the Future programme. To adapt in order to accommodate a changing curriculum, or to specialise in specific areas and meet an increase in pupil numbers, […]

On the difference between ‘informed’ and ‘arrogant’

Designers are arrogant. We all feel we could have done better, and are happy to criticise others’ work. None of this surprises me. However, I am a little confused by what you term ‘informed criticism’.You hold Michael Wolff in high regard, but what makes his opinion on others’ work ‘informed’? Can every criticism from a […]

Arik Levy

Random sittings

Jonathan Root has photographed designers and creatives along with their favourite chairs. But Edward Barber is not convinced that his latest show amounts to much more than a loosely strung together promotional effortPortraits and chairs: two of my favourite things. Sitting Pretty, an exhibition by photographer Jonathan Root, should be my cup of tea then, […]


Long-distance runs

Working with overseas printers can be just the way to achieve that special quality and make your publication stand out – though there are some drawbacks too. Yolanda Zappaterra investigatesSince the advent of desktop publishing and the Internet more than a decade ago, people from all walks of publishing have been lamenting the imminent death […]

Tregothnan tea

Backwater hub

The Design Centre at University College Falmouth is shaking up the creative scene in Cornwall – helped along by an influx of EU funding. Clare Dowdy checks out what’s happening in the far South West at the momentCornwall has long been regarded as a backwater, but in recent times the county has been earning a […]

Architecture of Harrods store inspires Honey packaging

Department store Harrods is to launch two umbrella brands, comprising a variety of luxury food products. The identity and packaging for the products – designed by Honey – is inspired by architectural features found in the store.Harrods Food Hall Collection is a range of about 200 products, including premium teas (pictured), coffees and pantry goods, […]

Christine Losecaat

UK Trade and Investment on Asia mission

UK Trade and Investment has confirmed the dates of its design trade missions to Asia, which are set to take place following next month’s London Design Festival.The Taiwan mission, which takes place from 16-21 October, coincides with the Taiwan Cultural and Creative Industries Expo.The China visit will coincide with the second China Beijing International Cultural […]

St Moritz

Absolute Design tackles St Moritz hotel

North Cornwall is to receive a boost to its luxury hotel market, with the launch next month of a locally designed development, St Moritz.The £13.5m hotel and leisure facility is the conception of Steve Ridgway, chief executive of Virgin Atlantic Airways, and his brother Hugh.A swathe of South West designers and architects has been working […]

British Council announces contenders for IDEY award

The British Council has named the ten finalists for its third International Design Entrepreneur of the Year Award.This year finalists from Estonia and Venezuela have been listed for the first time ever, alongside candidates from Argentina, China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Poland, Slovenia and Thailand.Contenders taking part in this year’s scheme will be judged on ‘significant […]

Momiji dolls

News in Pictures

North London estate agent Hotblack Desiato has commissioned designer Paul Crofts Design to create an installation that will be shown at its Islington office, in Upper Street, London N1.

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