25 January 2007

Kafka, Amerika

Franz Kafka

Penguin is giving Franz Kafka a striking new look as part of a revamp of its Modern Classics series. Cover photographs by Jacob Sutton and art direction by ad agency Mother combine to reveal what Penguin Classics publisher Adam Freudenheim calls ‘the surreal that Kafka creates’.

Mr Bingo - Prog rock

News in Pictures

Illustrator and animator Mr Bingo has designed two T-shirts – Prog Rock and Tie – for on-line T-shirt retailer moreTvicar.

The LDA must show its hand on London Design Festival

We’re still awaiting news from the London Development Agency about the future of the London Design Festival. We have yet to see the delayed economic evaluation by management consultancy Stratagem, finally due for publication next month, but word on the street is that funding of one sort or another will be forthcoming. Whatever form that […]

Rudge reveals plans for Tent London

Tent London will be the brand name for the new design exhibition from 100% Design founder Ian Rudge and 100% East founder Jimmy MacDonald.Under the Tent London name, they will launch their first fair during London Design Festival this autumn. It will replace 100% East, which is being axed from the 100% Design portfolio, and […]

Bookstores 1

Beautiful browsing

As the on-line book market goes from strength to strength, could appealing interior design be enough to change the fortunes of conventional bookstores? Clare Dowdy explores how bookshops are fighting back around the globe

The Cobra's Heart

E-books will make designers more, not less, important

The role of the book designer could grow to be ever more crucial if digital versions of books are to become commonplace.Speaking last week ahead of an industry gathering in London, Penguin Press art director Jim Stoddart suggested that the design world needs to be ready for the tipping point when electronic literature starts to […]

Painters, Warrington

Human industry

In Joseph L Mankiewicz’s dazzling 1955 musical Guys and Dolls, one of the strongest scenes is set in a sewer system bursting with polished steel and technicolour backdrops: bold, brash lines of light and primary colours that look firmly to a hopeful future, putting the dark days of European conflict behind them.In Britain, a similar […]

Twig bench


Russell Pinch has gone from furniture designer to brand consultant andback again, with a stint for Terence Conran en route. Clare Dowdy traces his varied career path and talks to him about his furniture range



Global sports brand Head has unveiled a new corporate identity that includes a redesign of its iconic arc logo. Zurich consultancy Department beat international design groups from London, Chicago and Berlin to the project. It has adopted an orange colour and introduced the first strapline, ‘Head is an athlete’. The identity will be implemented across […]


Blue Marlin wins Irn-Bru pitch

Scottish soft drinks group AG Barr has appointed design consultancy Blue Marlin Brand Design to redesign the packaging for the entire product range of its iconic Irn-Bru brand.The consultancy won a four-way pitch, managed by Irn-Bru head of marketing Adrian Troy. The pitch is understood to have involved incumbent Leeds-based The Spirit Of, Dragon and […]

Lee Valley Olympics site

Olympic site opens with signage by Westmorland

The roll-out of the UK’s 2012 Olympic training sites has begun, with the opening of the £16m Lee Valley Athletics Centre, featuring signage and wayfinding by Westmorland Signs International.The centre, designed by David Morley Architects, will sit at the heart of the 2012 Olympic Games. It is reported to be the largest indoor and outdoor […]

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