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Fighting back

As Sony Ericsson launches a striking new range of mobile handsets, Mike Exon catches up with some members of its design team at the London launch event – and gains an insight into the company’s creative philosophy

Virtual Visa building

Parallel worlds

The success of Second Life has created a need for a holistic approach from the design industry to satisfy the peculiar demands of this virtual world. Emma Rubach talks to designers and students to see how they are meeting this challenge

Golden rules for cash converters

If you’re running a consultancy, it’s good to know you can cash in at some point – but it’s only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it, says Charlie Hoult

Trainspotting

Random House opts for Vintage Classics twin approach

Book publisher Random House is redesigning its Vintage Class-ics imprint, with the first new-look titles out in August.A team of designers, illustrators and photographers has been commissioned to create limited edition book jackets to adorn ‘twinned’ pairs of modern and established classics, from Henry James to Ian McEwan.Each pair of Vintage Classic Twins has been […]

Leicester theatre

Nameless identity for ‘inside out’ theatre in Leicester

Leicester is to house a new theatre with an ‘inside out’ concept that aims to include the community in the experiences, with naming and branding by design consultancy Nameless Brands.Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, the theatre will replace the functions of Leicester’s existing Haymarket Theatre and Phoenix Arts Centre. It will open in September 2008.Leicester […]

Manchester sports

Mark Studio kicks off Manchester sports

Manchester City Council is looking to capitalise on its profile as host to a series of world sporting events in 2008, with the help of Mark Studio.The Manchester design consultancy is working with the council to umbrella-brand six sports events in a bid to raise the profile of Manchester as a premier sports destination at […]

Sugar and spice

Sugar and spice

Just how many 1980s revivals can youth culture sustain right now? While the nu-rave movement shows no signs of fading from England’s sticky dancefloors, over in Japan the kids have been in thrall to the fashion craziness of the somewhat ridiculed New Romantic movement for well over a decade now, if a new book, Gothic […]

Donna Wilson

Profile: Donna Wilson

RCA graduate Donna Wilson has resisted the lure of the mainstream fashion and textile industries to carve out a career path as a 3D designer working with ‘knit’. Fiona Sibley is mesmerised by her grotesque dolls

Airport installation

Mogs need a break too, but do they fly Cat-hay Pacific?

On several occasions during the past two years (maybe more), I’ve found myself in the baggage hall in the North Terminal, at London Gatwick Airport, waiting for my luggage. On each occasion, I’ve been trans-fixed by what appears to be six trays of cat litter wel-coming visitors from all over the world. The trays are […]

If Friends Reunited can’t help, give Design Week a try

Thirty years? Surely not. Who knows where the time goes? Although many of the Royal College of Art’s graphic design Class of ’77 have kept in touch and a handful meet up sporad-ically, the whole group is poised to suitably celebrate the 30th anniversary of its graduation with a ‘black tie and tiara’ dinner in […]

Nico Macdonald

The Guardian homepage is OK, but an irrelevance

In response to the Voxpop last week on The Guardian’s home page redesign, I should first note that Mark Porter deserves credit for being one of the few established British editorial designers to proactively embrace on-line interaction design. He can also talk about his work more cogently than some of his peers in the on-line […]

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