Design Pursuit is a vehicle treasure hunt taking place in September from London to Glasgow. The event aims to raise funds for the Design Business Association’s Design for Good. A briefing session for all those interested will take place on 1 July at 7pm. Contact: Sophie Williams at Design Events on 0171 -735 2937. Venue: […]

Signs of the time

Few modern day signs live up to the visual appeal of their ancestors as shown in a new book on decorative signage, says Matthew Valentine

Dollond cleared up

I write on behalf of our client Dollond & Aitchison, following the coverage of its contact lens packaging (DW 29 May).

Compatibility of culture chief pre-merger concern

Companies looking to merge should bring in identity consultants at the very start of the process to assess the cultural side of the move, which is often the cause of failure in mergers, say leading industry figures. At the Fourth International Corporate Identity Conference last week, Landor Associates managing director Adrian Day said, when considering […]

London groups win Bristol job

London consultancies PSD Associates and MetaDesign have been appointed to create a signage, street furniture and identity programme for Bristol City Council. The project, which has been dubbed the Legible City initiative, is part of the Bristol 2000 development plan, which focuses on regenerating the city centre. The consultancies, appointed separately but liaising on the […]

France Telecom shortlists three UK consultancies

France Telecom, the world’s fourth biggest telecommunications group, has shortlisted three UK design consultancies and two overseas competitors to carry out a worldwide corporate identity redesign. Minale Tattersfield Design Strategy, Landor Associates’ UK office and Lloyd Northover Citigate are competing for the prized job, after being selected from an initial shortlist of 15 groups. French […]

Lookalikes on the table

Matthew Valentine follows the latest development in the copycat branding wars as the Government finally recognises the problem and considers measures to combat it.


Chi ha paura… del gioiello contemporaneo? (Who’s afraid of… contemporary jewellery?) is a collection of jewellery designs by designers noted for their work in interior and product design. Work by Marc Newsom, Hannes Wettstein, Rolf Sachs and Konstantin Grcic will be on display as the debut exhibition at same, a new furniture and lighting outlet. […]

If you haven’t seen the brief, don’t judge

Your Letters page (DW 12 June) included a criticism of the new PricewaterhouseCoopers logo from a designer not usually given to questioning other design solutions. I think it better to remain publicly silent on the occasions that you encounter a piece of work that is not to your liking. If you did not receive the […]

Design should be both creative and effective

Design has long laid a claim to creativity. Now everyone’s at it. With the Government still flying the flag for Creative Britain and Culture Secretary Chris Smith publishing a book on the subject, the notion of creativity is being challenged – and rightly so. As I have said in this column before, creativity is about […]


The closing date for entries to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Interactive Entertainment Awards is 11 September. Contact: The BAFTA website at

Enterprise IG brands Hilton

A new global identity by Enterprise IG for the Hilton hotel is due to be unveiled today. – The brand is owned by Hilton Hotels Corporation in the US and Ladbroke, the UK group which owns the Hilton name else-where.

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