Funding boost for museums

Culture Secretary Chris Smith is expected to announce more detailed plans tomorrow from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in response to the Government’s comprehensive spending review, which was announced last week. The review means an extra 290m will be made available to the DCMS over the next three years. The bulk is likely […]

It’s showtime

Jane Lewis talks to the clients and finds a growing tendency for product design to be recognised as a tool to promote a company’s brand quality

Design House in café bar launch

The latest café bar concept to compete for market share in London was created by Design House and Hone Edwards. The Reef’s first site is at Paddington Station.

It’s the views of the public that are important

With reference to Don Grant’s letter Are we in safe hands in the Millennium Dome? (DW 17 July), let me reassure him that: – – The actual body form that has been designed for the Dome has been acclaimed by everyone who sees it as a sculptural form of grea

JHP steps into Dolcis’ shoes

former British Shoe Corporation chain Dolcis is to get yet another makeover, this time under its new owner Alexon. – The retailer has appointed John Herbert Partnership, which created the 1985 format still used at most of Dolcis’ 102 stores, to develop a

Hunting for heads

The current boom in senior design vacancies reflects a changing emphasis in the management of design consultancies. Tom Bawden looks into the reasons for this trend.

Go forth and multiply

Richard Murray mourns the decline in creative fertility in packaging design and suggests designers should take the initiative and get those creative juices flowing. Richard Murray is the “suit” at Williams Murray Banks.

DW trawl of printers

Design Week is trawling designers’ views of printing firms, with a view to ranking them in the 28 August issue according to the quality of their service and output. Call Natalie Spencer on 0171-970 4105 for a survey form.

Switchboard contest

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next March, has launched a free pitch competition for a new logo. First prize is a holiday for two in Ibiza. The closing date is 31 August.

Penhaligon’s gets new ‘liner’-style shop interior

Upmarket English perfumery Penhaligon’s opened a new shop on London’s Beauchamp Place last week, with interiors by architect Murray John. The format has references to a 1920s cruise liner, with clean simple lines, pale wood flooring and glass shelving. The look is a break from the Victoriana interiors of the Covent Garden flagship store, says […]

It’s showtime

Product design shows every sign of being on the brink of gaining a kind of celebrity status. Hugh Pearman looks at the sector’s trends, and Jane Lewis gets the lowdown from the clients.

Earth Galleries show Dome how to do it

Back to the Greenwich Dome, where talk is still of bad communication and lack of co-ordination. Now we have a new model to compare it with – the Natural History Museum’s Earth Galleries, which opened officially last week – where a handful of designers, a couple of which have also been involved in the Dome, […]

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Jaywing creates branding for cultural initiative Hull 2017

Consultancy Jaywing has created the place branding for Hull 2017, the initiative marking the northern city’s status as UK City of Culture. The logo is an “H” shape constructed out of a series of geometric lines, used against a colourful palette of purple, green, yellow, blue and pink. Gavin Shore, creative director at Jaywing, says […]