26 August 2004

Synergy Communications designs Southwark Council campaign

Synergy Communications has designed a print advertising campaign for London’s Southwark Council, promoting the use of the borough’s parks and green spaces. Leaflets and four poster designs, mixing graphic illustration with photography of people alongside Southwark landmarks, are scheduled to launch on 1 September.

Courses can teach you how to talk the talk in public

I was absorbed by the article The Voice of Experience, about whether designers have the skills to be absorbing public speakers (DW 19 August). Nick Smurthwaite seems to believe that to be a successful public speaker you have to be famous, have a large ego and be opinionated. It’s important to have something to say, […]

SCG London designs for Dixis

SCG London has designed a futuristic retail format for Russian mobile handset retailer Dixis. The first of the space-age designs opened at a store in St Petersburg this month, following a £4m investment by the brand which is primarily aimed at ramping up its presence as the biggest seller of mobile phones and air time […]

Diesel powers up interiors revamp

Diesel plans to overhaul the interior design of its King’s Street outlet in Manchester next year, as it opens its redesigned store in London’s Covent Garden today. Diesel interior design manager Michele Trevisan says the store designs will not follow a single concept, but will be adapted to suit each location. ‘We try to maintain […]

Branson blows £8m after dizzy dining experience

According to Press Association reports this week, Sir Richard Branson has paid the highest sum ever for an apartment in Sydney. His new £8m pied-à-terre is built on Australia’s first convict settlement, which boasts spectacular harbour views over the city. The pad has been designed with a James Bondesque 12-seat revolving dining room, though it […]

Vested Interest makes Renfrew Riverside splash

Greenock-based design group Vested Interest Design has created the identity for a newly launching Scottish public/private partnership called Renfrew Riverside. The partners behind the initiative, formed to oversee the £500m regeneration of one of the largest stretches of the River Clyde, held a three-way pitch for the work in January, and appointed Vested Interest to […]

Cyclists crank up criticism of Olympic velodrome

The designer of the open-sided velodrome built for the Athens Olympics probably won’t snatch the gold this year, at least not if pro cyclists from a few of the less hardy nations have their say. It seems that Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s design is proving to be a challenge to the competitors because it is […]

Russell Hobbs’ creates futuristic glass range

Russell Hobbs’ in-house design team has created a futuristic range of glass kitchen appliances. The three product range consists of a cordless glass kettle, a glass toaster and a glass panini press, finished in a combination of steel and wood. The 1.7l kettle has a stainless steel body with an etched glass lid and base […]

Back to nature

Designers are using natural materials to create restaurants to suit every pocket, from gourmet establishments to edgier venues targeted at younger customers. Bethan Ryder investigates

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