23 October 2008

Zip Design moving record sleeves

Album sleeve art could change forever following the introduction of animated covers, designed in anticipation of MP3 players capable of displaying the new files coming to market.London-based consultancy Zip Design has created an animated sleeve for McFly album Radio:Active, which launched in hard copy on Super Records on 21 September. The animated version, due to […]

True North wins People’s History Museum rebrand

True North has been appointed to rebrand the People’s History Museum in Manchester, ahead of its reopening in 2009.The museum’s base, at the Pump House in Bridge Street, is being refurbished, with a new extension by architect Austin-Smith Lord to be added.After a five-way pitch, True North was appointed to design a new logotype for […]

RCA gains more space in campus expansion

Royal College of Art rector Sir Christopher Frayling says the college’s expansion to a new Battersea campus will give the design school ‘room to breathe’.The proposed £33m new campus (pictured) on Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11, which will house the schools of fine art and applied art, was granted planning permission by Wandsworth Council last […]

Minnows pack a punch

Nimble-footed small design groups are outwitting bigger rivals by targeting clients keen to cut costs in the credit crunch, says Angus Montgomery

Excience creates Comet signage

Brand consultancy Exience has completed a nationwide signage overhaul for electrical retailer Comet, which will instruct store layouts.Appointed to the project in June following the completion of a departmental signage section for the chain known as The Living Room in December 2007, Exience was briefed to address departmental zoning, perimeter signage and staff-consultation units.Mark Saunders, […]

News in Pictures

Design gallery Dreamspace, London EC1, is hosting an exhibition of illustrations, paintings, print and photography inspired by sci-fi movies and urban landscapes. Participating designers and illustrators Sarah Fotheringham, Hannah Waldron, Claire Scully and Jim Stoten also designed the exhibition and marketing materials. This Tiny World runs from 25 November to 19 December.

Simply red

However much you see of Italian design, and however many books you read on the subject, its ingenuity and optimism still take you by surprise. The post-war industrial and design ecology that enabled the sector to flourish is also a marvel of collaboration, but it is the designs – the typewriters, clocks, cars, lighting and, […]

Fellow travellers

Graphics and illustration were closely related disciplines up until the 1970s, but the branding revolution of the 1980s saw them experience diverging fates. Adrian Shaughnessy senses a possible reconciliation, inspired by an American innovator


Wherever there’s a need to impart detailed information, conformity usually wins out over creativity. Scott Billings talks to four designers who have avoided
this trap, combining clarity and legibility with rule-breaking innovation

Chris Orr interview

During his ten-year tenure as Professor of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art, Chris Orr morphed the traditional with the digital. Sarah Frater talks to the master of the ‘tradigital’ at the print show marking his retirement

The death of graphic design – or failure to engage with clients?

Adrian Shaughnessy says that graphic design is being dictated by commercial pressure and that client-directed intervention means the ‘death of graphic design’ (Private View, DW 2 October). He cites the design of magazines to demonstrate his point, and I agree with his findings: many magazines are suffering ever-decreasing sales figures, and publishers are desperate ‘to […]

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