24 February 2011

Twiggy and David Bowie on the cover of Bowie's album Pin Ups

Fashion and fame

It’s the perfect 1970s shot: two style icons – David Bowie and Twiggy – pose wide-eyed and semi-clad for the cover of Bowie’s album Pin Ups. The iconic photograph was taken by Justin de Villeneuve, who will be the subject of an exhibition at London’s Fashion and Textiles Museum later this month. Although it is […]

A postcard from the launch of Birdwatching

Women in design

As you’ll no doubt have already noticed, today is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the achievements of women, whether that be political, economic or social. We were pleased to see women from the creative industries, such as architect Zaha Hadid and graphic novelist and Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi, represented in The Guardian’s Top […]

Ai Weiwei, Colored Vases, 2006. Neolithic vases (5000-3000 BC) and industrial paint, 51 pieces, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist

After the seeds settle

Ai Weiwei is certainly no stranger to controversy or headlines. The Beijing-based artist was recently forced to cancel plans for his largest ever exhibition in China after being told it was too politically charged. Last month, when his famous sunflower seeds – which carpet the floor of the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall – went up […]


Sustainability in focus at Somerset design conference

Design professionals, business consultants and the public sector will meet in Somerset next month to discuss the competitive advantages of increasing sustainable practice and to advise designers on how best to market sustainability to their clients. The conference, Sustainable Business by Design, will also look for new design solutions to evolving sustainability problems. Run in […]

The Dublin Super Cup

Magpie kicks off

A new pre-season football tournament, The Dublin Super Cup, will launch in July with an identity designed by Magpie Studio. Appointed by tournament sponsor Endemol in January, the studio says it has looked to reference Irish heritage through football-shaped Celtic knotwork in a ’modern way’. The tournament, supported by the Irish FA, will feature Manchester […]


Community spirit

GD/HTA has created an identity for the Institute for Education and Business Excellence, an organisation that develops links between schools and businesses. The consultancy has also worked on IEBE’s brochures, wayfinding for its seminars and its website, which will launch on 31 March. GD/HTA is currently developing expressions of the IEBE logo that explore the […]


Bravissimo branches out with ‘light-hearted’ brand and a clean look

Bravissimo lingerie company has set up a new clothing and accessories retail offering, Pepperberry, with a new website and print communications launching next month. The Bravissimo in-house creative team worked with consultancies including Dig For Fire on brand guidelines, Paul Lewis Design on the website and Design Takeaway on the catalogue. Dig For Fire was […]

Wales rolls out service design programme

Design Wales is rolling out a Welsh Assembly Government-funded programme to develop service design in the country. The Service Design for Designers initiative aims to train 36 Welsh design consultancies in service design methods over the next three years. It will run alongside another programme to raise manufacturers’ awareness of service design. The overall programme […]

Pure France

Kimpton Creative dreams of place in sun for Pure France

Kimpton Creative has created an identity for holiday rental property company Pure France. The consultancy was appointed in November 2010 and was briefed to develop the exisiting sunflower-inspired identity, as the business had grown into different regions of France where the sunflower design wasn’t so relevant, says Kimpton Creative founder David Kimpton. The new identity, […]

Nottingham's Cultural Partnership

Sherry develops a sophisticated, layered style for Nottingham’s Cultural Partnership

Design consultancy Sherry has created branding for the Nottingham Cultural Partnership, including logos, tone of voice and marketing strategy. The partnership is made up of arts venues, museums and galleries together with city-centre restaurants, pubs and bars and is funded by Greater Nottingham Partnership, Arts Council England East Midlands and various partners. Sherry was appointed […]


Tile Zone mixes touchscreen innovation with enjoyment

Next month the sixth Tile Zone London conference will take place at the London Transport Museum, looking at new technologies informing exhibition design. Richard Curtis, managing director of Andrich International, which organises Tile Zone, says, ’I’ve noticed over the years that, while there are two different markets – entertainment, and museums and science centres, there […]

Slice Design

Real cheerleaders

Forget flat-capped individuals and old country pubs, real ale has a growing audience of young aficionados, including women. Angus Montgomery looks at how a range of brands are being revamped for a modern audience

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