25 October 2007

Going overground

A shiny new London rail network, with no neglected routes or unmanned stations, is coming our way – or at least that’s the promise. Hugh Pearman inspects the branding of London Overground and gets a sneak preview of the future Tube map

Trick of the light

Going shopping these days often feels like visiting a museum, with products lovingly displayed as if they were precious exhibits. Central to the success of this illusion is effective lighting. Here, Jeff Shaw takes us on a tour of some of the more interes

Universal in board move to aid expansion

Universal Design Studio has appointed former BBC corporate property chief Dan Higgott pictured) as director, adding a fourth member to its board. The interior and industrial design group says it is strength ening its management before diversify ing into other design sectors. Universal director and founder Jay Osgerby says, ‘We wish to continue to develop […]

London Associates in the driving seat at DBA awards

Product design consultancy London Associates triumphed at this year’s Design Business Association Design Effectiveness Awards, which were announced this week. The consultancy won the Grand Prix gold medal for a device that helps goods vehicle drivers to stay within legal driving time limits. The judging panel described the Optac tachograph machine as ‘usercentred design’ and […]

TSB to set up knowledge sharing network for creative sector

Creative industries are set to play a significant part in a drive to boost innovation through technology, with the launch of an initiative by The Technology Strategy Board. The TSB, sponsored by the Department for Universities, Innovation and Skills, is this week gathering interest from organisations across design, advertising and architecture, among other fields, with […]

Gutiérrez brings Museo del Prado into 21st century

One of Spain’s major cultural attractions, the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, this week unveils an extensive new wing, as well as refreshed branding by Studio Fernando Gutiérrez.The extension, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, will double the museum space, providing a new gallery, storage facilities and an auditorium.The updated branding, which […]

Prince Philip Designer’s Award for Gentleman

The designer responsible for gradually transforming the way the Queen appears on our stamps has been given a royal accolade for his outstanding life-long contribution to design in the UK. David Gentleman was presented with the Design Council-organised Prince Philip Designer’s Award by the Duke of Edinburgh at a ceremony held at The Sage in […]

Inspired – James Acton, The Brand Nursery

This treasured and beautifully made Asahi Pentax SP1000 from 1974 uses outdated technology. It weighs a ton and has most definitely seen better days.It was given to me by my father as a present on my ninth birthday, and since that time it has never failed me or let me down. It’s banged nails into […]

Shoot from the hip

Everyone knows that rock and roll is about abandon, not precision. The squalling, folding feedback ululating from Jack White’s amp is the sound of deal-making with the devil, a fight for control between creativity and randomness. It’s fitting, then, that cult photographic company Lomography, with its unpredictable, super-plastic, devil-may-care cameras, should turn to the White […]


The design writer and art director Steven Heller is constantly ‘on’, and always has a range of book projects on the go. Liz Farrelly marvels at his ceaseless energy, as he is honoured by a show at the School of Visual Arts in New York

What exactly is the purpose of this new London gallery?

I was keen to visit Rivington Place, the first new-build public gallery in London in almost 40 years – all very exciting. Except it isn’t. A filler in the belly of Shoreditch’s ever-expanding waistline, it promises a lot, yet fails to deliver. From the opening exhibition, a listless look at London’s immigrant population, to the […]

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