London’s Walthamstow Central to re-open

London’s Walthamstow Central bus station re-opened on Saturday, following an extensive £6m refit which included signage and graphics by London Transport’s in-house team. The station has been redesigned to open up access to surrounding buildings and the local environment, with improved passenger information systems. The architect was Burks Green.

999 Design swallows Blue Peach

Glasgow group 999 Design has acquired local competitor Blue Peach for an undisclosed sum, as it moves to strengthen its creative offer in the Scottish market. The £3m turnover 999 Design, which currently generates almost 75 per cent of its business in England, hopes to double its Scottish business through the acquisition of the £1m […]

GM rationalises European arm

General Motors is to restructure its European operations, including its design team, in a bid to cut costs. A single, pan-European design division, headed by former Opel head of design Bryan Nesbitt, will be responsible for Vauxhall, Opel and Saab brands, as well as advanced vehicle design. The reorganisation follows two dismal years of trading […]

Wire framework for RSA website

The Royal Society of Arts launches its Inclusive Design Resource website next week, which aims to help designers, manufacturers and service providers ensure that their designs are accessible to the widest possible audience. Created by Wire Design, the resource will provide access to information on strategies, tools and methods that can assist designers in acknowledging […]

SteersMcGillan strip for Panopticon

The last remaining bombsite in central London is in line to receive an eight-storey museum and exhibition centre called the Panopticon, which will be designed by architect Dixon Jones for University College London. SteersMcGillan is creating branding and signage for the building. The Panopticon will act as a gateway to the campus and will house […]

Fashion designs open out with Aloof Design

Aloof Design has created a ‘look book’ for fashion designer Georgina Goodman’s Autumn/ Winter 2004 collection of shoes and handbags. The brief was to create a poster within a book, which could be opened out, like a pop-up book, to reveal a far larger piece of work. ‘One side of the poster displays the collection […]

Arthur Steen Adamson cuts Body Guard key

Arthur Steen Adamson has designed the identity for an innovative insurance product that provides protection against acts of mugging and road rage. Called Body Guard, the product is being launched by Acumen Insurance Services. According to Arthur Steen Adamson founder Marksteen Adamson, the design aims to represent graphically the ideas of simplicity and value for […]

Ride waves on a fin and a prayer in Tsunami wetsuit

A new and intriguing addition to the world of extreme sports was unveiled recently, providing a fresh opportunity to do yourself untold damage while wearing an eye-catching neoprene suit. Described as an evolutionary step in surfing, the Tsunami wetsuit, created by Israeli design consultancy I2D, adds fin-like ridges down the chest and thighs of the […]

A decade on, the message is finally getting through

Think back ten years to a time when design was emerging, somewhat battered but undaunted if decidedly trimmer, from a major economic downturn. The business issues dominating the industry then were free-pitching and rosters, the first an age-old complaint for which no remedy could be found, the other a relatively new initiative as clients started […]


French architect Dominique Perrault is giving this year’s Royal Academy Annual Architecture Lecture, which takes place on Monday 28 June at 6.30pm. Entitled Would You Like It Wrapped, the talk is accompanied by an exhibition that will feature some of his recent projects. Tickets are £10 and £5 for students. Contact: for full details and […]

A diet of deep-fried batter produces fresh thinking

Following on from our previous report on the specially designed low carbohydrate potato, we have more edible tuber news. In a landmark case that will challenge the anti-obesity drive, the US department of agriculture has reclassified frozen, battered chips as being ‘fresh vegetables’. Arguing that the process of coating or battering a vegetable does not […]

Science Museum hails Taxi for events brochure

The Science Museum has appointed Taxi Studio to revamp its corporate and private events brochure, with roll-out scheduled from September. The Bristol consultancy beat shortlisted groups Johnson Banks and The Holmes Wood Consultancy to the project, which carries a five-figure design budget, following a six-way credentials pitch at the beginning of June. ‘We’ve had the […]

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