Gradwell makes plans with Government department

Gradwell Corporate Design has created a 152-page book, Making Plans, for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. The book is launched as the department announced amendments to its housing and planning policy. It is expected to be used by every local authority in the country for at least the next 18 months, according to […]

A creative name should keep the critics at bay

It seems like every time a new company name is created, the brickbats come out at the same time. You get the feeling that the general public think it’s easy to come up with a new name. It isn’t of course, and there are specialists who use whizzy techniques to develop them. But the real […]

Four groups cop Met Police roster

Four consultancies have been appointed to the Metropolitan Police’s design roster, including three private sector groups – CGI Brandsense, Stairway Communications and The Team. The fourth is COI Communications, the Government’s ‘in-house’ design resource. The contracts are effective from this week and run for three years.


Classic chair design from the 1930s to the present day is on show at Sit up! until 30 August. Venue: Ettrick Riverside, Dunsdale Road, Selkirk, Scottish Borders TD7 5EB. Bond girls feature in painter Luke Martineau’s selling show Goldeneye until 27 July. Venue: Panter & Hall, 9 Shepherd Market, London W1. Human behaviour is examined […]

Call for entries

The Royal Society for Arts calls for entries to the RSA Student Design Awards, with the focus this year on sustainability. The closing date for entries is 28 November. Contact: for further information and to download an entry pack.

Local groups should be favoured over London ones

Are all designers in the north-east incapable of good design? Being from Newcastle myself (although now working in London unfortunately), I think not. I happened to notice in Design Week a small piece on the new identity for the future Music Centre in Gateshead (DW 11 July). It’s nice to see the Gateshead Quays regeneration […]

Putting on a show

From Testino to toilets, there’s nothing National Portrait Gallery head of design Jude Simmons can’t handle. She walks round the galleries with Hannah Booth

Wells Mackereth knits together Pringle interiors

Wells Mackereth Architects is this week finalising interiors for the first standalone Pringle stores, due to open at the end of September in London’s Bond Street and in Tokyo. The stores are part of the retailer’s move to position itself at the forefront of the luxury retail market following years of wholesale-only distribution and a […]


Red Cell has revamped the brand and packaging for Lyle & Scott, the Scottish golf and clothing manufacturer.

Partners’ cover for Wellington brand

The Partners has been appointed by Wellington Re-Insurance, the newly formed arm of established insurer Wellington Underwriters, to develop the company’s positioning and brand identity. The two-phase project will begin with defining the brand and is likely to involve a revamped logo and new name, says The Partners strategy partner Gareth Williams. The second phase […]

Wolff exits The Fourth Room

Michael Wolff, one of the founding partners of The Fourth Room, left the consultancy under a cloud yesterday. In a press statement, The Fourth Room says Wolff ‘has been dismissed for gross misconduct. [He] ceases to be an employee and partner at the company, with immediate effect’. The Fourth Room co-founder and managing partner Piers […]

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