24 August 2006

Gutiérrez quits Pentagram to set up London studio

Fernando Gutiérrez is to leave Pentagram Design at the end of this month and is to set up his own design studio. The high-profile graphic designer will relinquish the title of partner, plus his directorial responsibilities and an equity stake in the design consultancy’s London studio on 1 September, moving to what he says will […]

Going digital

In an increasingly hi-tech world, digital printing has yet to persuade many graphic designers of its benefits. Yolanda Zappaterra speaks to printers to find out why

Portland picks Allen for board position

Portland Design has promoted Lewis Allen to director of environments and given him a position on the consultancy’s board. Allen joined the group from HOK in June (DW 15 June). At the same time, senior designer Michael Fern is being promoted to the role of

Design Week provides plenty of hot topics

I am just reading Voxpop (DW 10 August). In last week’s Hot Topic on my website I addressed your excellent review of Chiho Aoshima’s City Glow, Mountain Whisper (pictured) and also briefly the pull of book cover design. Like Michael Wolff, I almost bought

Major relaunch for Design Council site

The Design Council is planning a major redevelopment of its website – www.designcouncil. org.uk – for a relaunch this October. A spokeswoman for the Design Council declines to reveal the details of the site’s design at this stage, but confirms that a project has been in development ‘for some time’ and an appointment has been […]

Profile: Tátil

Brazilian design group Tátil works in an extrovert creative environment, yet manages to produce serious work for big clients. Lynda Relph-Knight meets up with charismatic co-founder Frederico Gelli in Rio It was hard to believe that the exuberant man dancing the samba in a Rio de Janeiro nightclub is creative head of a 17-year-old design […]

Fly high in the design world

Allison McSparron has identified the personality types that a design group needs to soar above its rivals in the creative business world Given half a chance I suspect most designers would spend all day just being creative. However, in the real world there’s a need to make money, so creativity must go hand-in- hand with […]

Burn designs interiors for Alma de Santiago

Liverpool graphics consultancy Burn has designed interiors for Alma de Santiago, a ‘bar, bodega and restaurant’ opening in Liverpool. The South American-inspired scheme includes cues from ‘aging Cuba’, religious iconography and military motifs. The group also designed the bar’s visual identity, applying it to print materials and external signage.

Overseas rivals may hinder the expansion of UK design

Much has been said about the Government’s bid to achieve world economic domination, embracing the creative industries as an important weapon in the fight. It is intent on boosting the competitive edge of UK business through design – a task firmly on the shoulders of the Design Council but also of interest to the Institute […]


During last week’s heatwave I took a call from one of the lawyers I work closely with and she suddenly asked, ‘Are those seagulls I can hear?’ I was forced to reveal that I was working from Cocker-Doodle, my beloved beach hut on the Suffolk coast. Being a businessman rather than a designer, I’m not […]

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