25 February 1999


Contract design and retail outlet Artworks hosts the UK launch of Fantastic Plastic Elastic by Ron Arad on 3 March. Venue: Artworks, 21-22 Upper Street, Islington, London N1.

Making light

There are three career routes into architectural lighting design – 90 per cent of practitioners start in theatrical lighting, engineering or architecture. But, the man who recently became lighting design consultant on new projects for the Louvre in Paris and designed the opening show at Glasgow 1999, did none of these things. “I can’t really […]

DCMS saves on unified identity

The Department for Culture Media and Sport is already claiming cost-savings on stationery bearing its new identity, which makes its debut this week after a two-year 79 000 project by CDT Design. Civil servants within the DCMS have told CDT that printing costs for stationery will be 20 per cent cheaper than with the previous […]

Parisian design plans

International PR and corporate communications consultancy Burson-Marsteller has plans to set up a new design and advertising division in Paris. ‘We are considering it but nothing is confirmed,’ says Burson-Marsteller marketing director Annabel James. It is not known if the proposed expansion will involve the acquisition of a French design group. In June 1997, the […]


Award winning entries from this year’s Images 23 competition will be exhibited from 2-12 March. Contact: Emily Glass at the Association of Illustrators on 0171-733 2955/5844. Venue: Royal College of Art, Seminar Rooms, Jay Mews entrance, Kensington Gore, London SW7. Vertigo: the strange new world of the contemporary city is the main architectural exhibition in […]

PC computers ‘challenge Apple Macintosh’

The phenomenal growth in the multimedia sector, which traditionally prefers IBM compatible PC computers, is challenging the Apple Macintosh’s hold on the design industry, according to the author of a new report. The report, released last Friday, finds the number of consultancies using mainly Macintosh computers has dropped from 75 per cent to 50 per […]

Ernst & Young design awards

Accountancy group Ernst & Young has launched a competition to design and manufacture the trophies for its inaugural Entrepreneur of the Year award scheme. The competition is open to any designer who can carry the project through the manufacturing stage to

Content to read

It may sound like sacrilege to the terminally trendy, but many of the current crop of fashion and lifestyle magazines go further than being a victory of style over content. Many are so stylised you can’t understand the content. Fonts change so many times you get a headache, text is printed over colours, making it […]

WPP seeks to improve despite 8bn turnover

WPP Group, parent company of design consultancies including Enterprise IG, BDG McColl and Coley Porter Bell, has announced record profits for the year to 31 December 1998. But the group is aiming to further improve operating margins to match competitors such as the Interpublic Group of Companies and Omnicom Group. Last year WPP’s turnover exceeded […]

Size over substance

Steve Cooper asks why projects involving putting a couple of lines of Helvetica Italic under an existing symbol go to large groups like Team Saatchi and never to small consultancies (DW 19 February). Let’s develop the hair cutting metaphor: you have loads of cash, want a haircut and know very little about hairstylists. You give […]

Country Decor dares to update

WALLPAPER manufacturer Country Decor is fighting back against the trend to ignore wallpaper with a new corporate identity created by Leeds consultancy Dare! The identity repositions the manufacturer which is attempting to get away from its image as a cottage industry and become more fashionable. The new logo uses the shape of Country Decor’s initials […]

A night on the tiles

If you’re planning a visit to free- lance designer/client match-maker Crimson, don’t mention managing director Cathy Burns’ ankle. Working late one night, Burns popped across the corridor to the kitchen, locking herself out of the office, but inside the main building. This forced her to clamber up a few drainpipes and over a roof. Unfortunately, […]

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