25 March 1999

Smooth talkers infiltrate design

In your Comment (DW 5 March), “Bombast will never pad out your pitch”, you state that “branding” has taken over as “the catch-all term for most commercial design work”, and assert that it doesn’t matter what words we use if we’re all talking about the same thing. However, the advent of branding doesn’t just mark […]

Head count

It isn’t just in terms of revenue that Top 100 consultancies have grown. UK staff numbers have swelled 12 per cent across the board, from the 5000 employed by Top 100 groups in 1997 to 5594 in 1998. The number of designers employed full time rose 12 per cent, from 2346 to 2622, but still […]

Victory for Barcelona signals new agenda

Not only is Barcelona an inspired choice to receive this year’s Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects, the mould-breaking decision could set a new “official” agenda for architecture in the UK, taking account of urban planning, art, design and landscape, not just buildings. It might also boost Glasgow’s standing as 1999 […]

MED identity improves Eyesite

OPTICIAN Eyesite opened its latest outlet in Brighton this week, with a format created by local consultancy MED. Working in conjunction with the client and graphics specialist Kingstar, MED has brought in a new identity aiming to position Eyesite as a leading independent optical retailer. Technology features strongly in the new look, including the Vidimirror […]

GM own-brand labelling puts packs in spotlight

Last week’s announcement that major food retailers have agreed to label all own-brand products containing genetically-modified soya and maize derivatives will not have an immediate impact on packaging designs. However, some design industry experts believe the move should be used as a marketing tool. The announcement saw a consortium of major UK and European retailers […]

NB solution is a cube

When organisers from annual interiors show 100% Design asked NB Studio to come up with concepts for this year’s promotional push, the consultancy decided to create a new marque from scratch. The resulting image, a cube, is intended to be integral to the 100% Design campaign in both two and three dimensions. As including exhibition […]

Liverpool awards to focus attention on city

Winners have been announced in the 1998 Liverpool Design Awards, which aim to focus the attention of the design world on the city. A total of 130 entrants were whittled down by a judging panel, including members of The Partners, Seymour Powell and Casson Mann. The best newcomer award was won by Splinter, which also […]


Design Bridge creative director Rod Petrie is a man with a mission. He believes modern-day designers rely too much on new-fangled technology and has set up a series of life drawing classes as part of a back-to-basics campaign. ‘People have found it fascinating and it’s amazing what they have learnt in a short space of […]

Sliding scales

As in previous years’ consultancy surveys, we’re showing the leaders and laggards in terms of growth of UK fee-income and efficiency in terms of UK fee-income per head employed. Since we don’t have access to profitability, this is the nearest we can get to looking at performance of design businesses in the Top 100. For […]

Civil rights and wrongs

This year’s Comic Relief saw Elmwood raise 6500 for charity through its 24-hour Thinkathon challenge, which saw creatives solving problems for businesses, for a small fee. Apart from raising money, many involved learned something about themselves when they were asked on the spot which industry they thought they most resembled. Elmwood managing director Jonathan Sands, […]

Display cases

Claire Catterall on Stealing Beauty I’ve got an exhibition opening at the ICA, Stealing Beauty, and although it’s a heart-felt one, I have had to compromise because I don’t think anyone, apart from the people working on it, understands it. Michael Horsham wrote an essay; Graphic Thought Facility is designing the graphics and catalogue; and […]

Screening the future

Design conferences are quite the fin-de-siècle phenomenon, fulfilling a perennial craving for inspiration among designers while making tidy profits for the organisers. In the US, even in a year of hardship, designers will often scrape together the money t

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