23 January 1997

Confusion over copyright laws

Experts are still unclear on how updates to the Berne Convention on international copyright laws will affect designers. The changes, agreed this month in Geneva, will not take effect until at least 30 countries have ratified them. Representatives from more than 150 nations gathered to formulate the changes, which aim to bring the convention up […]

Birmingham furniture show is a tack haven

I have just visited the International Furniture Show in Birmingham. I think that a visit to this exhibition should be built into the curriculum of every design course in this country, for as a celebration of popular taste it is surely without equal. After three halls of upholstery that owed more to Miss Piggy than […]


Taking place at 7 pm on 29 January at Bartle Bogle Hegarty is a lecture by Graham Watson, a freelance who’s worked on award-winning campaigns such as Levi’s. His talk will focus on where an idea comes from. Details: Contact Melissa at Real Time Studio on 0171-544 4600.

Far sited

The hype around the Web is starting to abate and its power as a sales and marketing tool is becoming apparent to clued-in clients, reports Paul Murphy


Michael Stewart Design has redesigned the packaging for Woody’s alcoholic fruit drinks in response to concern over the product’s appeal to underage drinkers. Pressure group Alcohol Concern is calling for an independent body to replace the drinks industry-funded Portman Group for the monitoring of alcopops packaging.> Light & Coley has designed a new identity for […]

Duty-free job for Pyott

Pyott Design has won an unpaid creative pitch to design British Airways’ duty-free catalogue. – Consultancy founder James Pyott says: ‘BA wants the catalogue to be a contemporary piece of design.

French bistro expands

Jestico and Whiles is redesigning the Café Flo chain of French-style bistros. There are currently seven branches of Café Flo with plans to open between three and six more this year.

Modern management will prevent disasters

The last of the grimy snow had melted, the sky was almost blue and I was feeling quite good about the “feelgood factor”. Then I read Jeremy Myerson’s rather gloomy article Cool Runnings (DW 10 January). Why must we always try to live in and not learn from the past? Yes, the Eighties were great, […]

Around the world in ’97

What does 1997 hold for the design industry in key overseas markets? Clare Dowdy sounds out designers around the globe on issues such as technology, politics, major national events, business realignments and the globalisation of clients’ needs.

Ellery to develop growth at Sampson Tyrrell

Designer Jon Ellery, formerly head of graphics at Pile Probert Kelly, has moved to join Sampson Tyrrell Corporate Marketing as creative director. The stand-alone company, which was formed 18 months ago, now has a staff of 15. Ellery took up his new position at the end of last week. The appointment marks Ellery’s return to […]

Green light for Greenwich

The threatened Millennium celebrations at Greenwich are now set to go ahead, after last minute agreements were reached between political parties and event organisers. Labour has now agreed to the Imagination-designed plans on the condition that it can, if elected, review the project to ensure it remains within budget.

A system wear-by fashion victims win

So, replica football strips are to have a “wear-by” date in an attempt to stop cries of foul play when they are repeatedly updated. The parents and spouses of footie-crazed kids will undoubtedly be heaving sighs of relief in anticipation of their sportswear bills dropping. Perhaps the idea could be extended to fashion generally, so […]

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