25 January 1996

Pull together, internal and external designers

It was interesting to hear IDEO founder Bill Moggridge making the case for in-house design last week. Speaking at a Confederation of British Industry seminar on innovation and design, the celebrated product designer said the choice wasn’t really between design consultants and in-house teams, rather that “the future belongs to companies that use both”. International […]

DTI offers funding via Business Links

The Department of Trade and Industry expects to continue the Business Links voucher incentive scheme it set up in April 1995 beyond its year-long pilot. The voucher scheme, which was set up to encourage businesses to use design and related activities for the first time as part of their growth plans, offers pound for pound […]

Imagination doesn’t run wild

The corridors of Imagination are hushed and silent, all meeting rooms are occupied, heads are down and the joyful sound of champagne corks popping is a faraway dream. Staff at the “little London consultancy” (as it was described in press reports last week) should by rights be screeching with joy and painting the town a […]

Leeds kicks off exhibition

Yorkshire exhibitions consultancy Richard Fowler Associates is designing the flagship exhibition of a 500 000 Leeds campaign to celebrate the Euro ’96 football championships. Leeds will host several of the European football championship games in June. The matches will be spread over eight UK cities. Richard Fowler Associates won a credentials pitch last year against […]

Project revealed to transform Waterloo

MPL has made four designers redundant in an effort to trim the consultancy’s “surplus” of junior design staff, says deputy chairman Peter Sampson. The four – three juniors and a middleweight designer – were laid off last week. A source suggests a lack of new work is behind the redundancies, but Sampson claims the cause […]

Sex on sale in Belgian condom machines?

Yes, I must admit, it was a great surprise to see two tubes with a sexual connotation and the title “Sex on sale” on the cover of Design Week (20 October 1995). Unfortunately, the article was a bit of a disappointment. I am a young Belgian designer and about two years ago I designed a […]

On the pull

Door handles may not spring to mind as hot design items, but architects and designers have a field day knocking them out, as Nicky Churchill discovers

Caffeine hit for Lippa Pearce

Lippa Pearce is to create the packaging for a new range of teas by gourmet coffee company Torz & Macatonia. Last year the group produced packaging for the company’s coffees and designed its original identity, which will be revised for the new teas.

Destroying enemy lines

The last bastion of controversial criticism among architects has died a recent death. With Progressive Architecture magazine gone, Peter Hall asks who is left to keep this easily-offended profession in check. Is it now a case of “sycophants only” in this

Fitch books into restaurant

Fitch is designing interiors and graphics for a Trevor Gulliver restaurant in Putney, London. Gulliver, who owns London restaurants St John’s, The Fire Station and The French House, has formed an operating company called Swirlbond to handle the 322m2 site

Austrian Airlines flies Davies Baron identity

Austrian Airlines has launched its new identity and is preparing new lounges and travel shops, signalling a boom in high-flying corporate work. The airline is currently rolling out its new look created by Davies Baron. The consultancy was asked to redesign corporate identity, livery, all graphics and cabin interiors, and to create new lounges and […]

Join the mile high club

Established players heading out of recession along with emerging start-ups and the deregulation of state airlines are all offering plenty of activity in the airlines identity sector.

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