26 April 2007


The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society is set to launch sponsored walking event Footsteps for Childhood on 18 May, with a logo devised by Bulletproof Design. The charity works with more than 50 000 underprivileged children in the UK.

Herald St

Looking back

Some things we just can’t get out of our heads. Like pop tunes, objects often trigger memories of times and places. Artefacts of an era, personal or cultural, become loaded with significance. It’s a pretty esoteric process, as other people may or may not share those associations, but it’s one that Andrew Renton aims to […]


2007 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen have unveiled designs for the 2007 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. The timber-clad structure resembles a spinning top and brings a new vertical dimension to the traditional single-level Pavilion. A wide, spiralling ramp makes two complete turns, culminating at the highest point with a view across London’s Kensington […]


A flexible friend

A chemist invented the first plastic in 1907 and the material has been in and out of fashion ever since, but Clare Dowdy finds it still very much in demand, for everything from food packaging to recyclable chairs


Hot chocolate

The first design museum in the Japanese capital is opening with an event called Chocolate, but there are no Mars bars in sight. Richard Clayton nevertheless develops a taste for this mouth-watering exhibition and its host venue

Voices of White City

Super size me

Giant graphics, such as billboards and pavement-embedded messages so large you have to stand back to take them all in, cannot fail to impress through their sheer scale. Big writing in the public domain can only enhance our cityscapes

Campana brothers

The Campana brothers

The Campana brothers will show a series of single- and multi-seat chairs, lamps, and ‘illuminated meteors’ made from various plastics and apuí, a traditional Brazilian fibre that is extracted by hand from the trees on which it grows and suffocates. The exhibition will explore the relationship between synthetic and natural materials. Transplastic opens to the […]


Design Museum to host Barnbrook show

Graphic designer Jonathan Barnbook, renowned for his experimental typefaces and political projects, is to unveil the first UK exhibition of his work at the Design Museum in June.The Friendly Fire exhibition, designed by Barnbrook and his studio, will feature examples from his portfolio, from experiments in typography and motion graphics in the early 1990s to […]

Gaymer cider

Parker Williams reworks packaging for Gaymer ciders

The Gaymer Cider Company is set to unveil a packaging redesign for its Olde English and Gaymers Original cider brands, created by consultancy Parker Williams.The Olde English packaging redesign launches this week on bottles and cans, and aims to add a ‘contemporary twist’ to the brand.It features a subtle redesign of the core logo with […]

Second Life

Architect called in to build Visa ‘virtual’ HQ

Visa Europe, one of the latest brand owners to commission premises in the fast-growing, Web-based ‘virtual’ world Second Life, is using a ‘real life’ architect to work on the designs.Rambir Lal, a consultant architect with Web and 3D design group Clusta, has been working on a prototype building based on the shape of a spiralling […]

Radio interviews can be turned to your advantage

In Hugh Pearman’s excellent Private View on radio, the imaginary researcher was said to have asked, ‘Can’t you give up your afternoon to get down there for a 45-second interview for which we shall pay you something insultingly small?’

Crazy Botanic wallpaper

Profile: Johanna Basford

Working from a fish farm in Aberdeenshire, Johanna Basford designs textiles and wallpapers for companies such as Heal’s, exploring botanical motifs, insects and evolution. Fiona Nicolson speaks to her

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