24 January 2008

Jonas Bergdahl, Therese Johansson, Ann Carrin

Word pictures

When the Wellcome Collection wanted to develop the potential of its website, a group of interactive designers suggested running a competition that exploited the gallery’s ‘word achieve’ to generate ideas. Adrian Shaughnessy looks at the results

Laugh Now, by Banksy, 2002, which was originally commissioned for the Ocean Rooms Night Club in Brighton on sale for £150 000

Urban sell-out

As Bonhams prepares to auction a batch of urban art, Tristan Manco asks whether the big money changing hands will impact upon the genre’s rootsWith all the sexy ingredients of fame, money and celebrity, the art world is never long out of the headlines. Whether it’s Damien Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull or Madonna’s collection of Frida […]

A question of size

Controversy wisdom says big clients are unwieldy monoliths when making decisions about packaging, and smaller companies are more willing to start with a blank canvas. David Benady suggests that the picture isn’t that simple

Police investigation turns to web group

It has emerged that the investigations into the London Development Agency funding controversy involve design consultancy Ph Creative.The police are currently examining several cases of possible corruption and fraud at the LDA and its partners. The allegations involve hundreds of thousands of pounds from the public purse. A group of cross-party MPs is calling for […]

JHP flies high with expanded interiors remit at Toulouse Airport

JHP is designing the interiors of Toulouse Airport’s new Terminal D, which is scheduled to open in March 2009. The London design group is also branding and planning the terminal’s retail space. JHP clinched the contract in October, following a four-way credentials pitch in July. Last week the airport expanded the consultancy’s design remit to […]

Shoe shops need new formats to beat off rivals, says Verdict

Footwear retailers are suffering from high levels of competition from clothing chains, and should develop new store formats to catch up with rivals, according to a report by Verdict Research.The hardest hit shoe specialist is Dolcis, which has been placed in administration, while at the time of going to press Stead & Simpson had sold […]

Syzygy plans further digital acquisitions after Hi-Res deal

Interactive group Syzygy is to expand further into the digital market and consider acquisitions across eastern Europe.The news follows its acquisition of an 80 per cent stake in London-based digital consultancy Hi-Res.According to Syzygy’s chief executive Marco Seiler, ‘We believe that in the future there will no longer be a separation between on- and off-line. […]

EC bolsters design after Beda meeting

The European Commission has agreed a series of measures intended to bolster the role of design in European innovation policy.The measures follow a meeting between The Bureau of European Design Associations and the European Commission vice-president Günter Verheugen.Beda president Michael Thomson has been pressing the EC for a united European design strategy in the face […]

Statue

Beneath the surface

Historians and film-makers seem to find London a source of endless fascination: there’s Peter Ackroyd’s London.

Using feedback to get results

Handling clients’ feedback isn’t easy, but seeking out their opinions can be a wise strategy that strengthens the bon between you, argues Jan CaseyClient feedback is an essential component to offering excellent service. Working as a client for a proportion of my time, I have found that consultancies which take the time to ask for […]

Night-time facade of the Musee Champollion in Figeac, France, showing characters from different alaphabets

Profile

French typographer Pierre di Sciullo likes to woe with big, bold letters – preferably created in 3D and incorporated into the very architecture itself. Natasha Edwards learns more about some of his latest grand schemesFor someone who works with text, Pierre di Sciullo thinks big. While he continues to design typefaces, book jackets and exhibitions, […]

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