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Celluloid type

Film isn’t just about moving images and spoken language – the written word, too, can have a strong impact on the big screen. Quentin Newark reflects on some key ways in which typography and graphics have been used in cinema

Avery Associates

A chance to think big

Designing the UK pavilion for the next World Expo is a much-coveted task. Emily Pacey checks out the six shortlisted proposals for Shanghai 2010

Seven Hundred Penguins

Seven Hundred Penguins

Encompassing more then 70 years and 700 Penguin cover designs, Seven Hundred Penguins is a pictorial history of the iconic British publishing house since its conception in 1935. From the bold graphic print of Graham Greene’s classic The Quiet American to the disturbing Surrealism of John Updike’s A Month of Sundays, there is something that […]


Take the chill off summer

It would be crass to bemoan the disappearance of summer with so many people suffering substantial damage to their homes and livelihoods. But despite harrowing weather conditions across the country, The Big Chill festival site in Herefordshire has had a lucky escape, and is sporting dry, green fields for the event this weekend. The programme […]

James Harrison

Profile: James Harrison

Success came early for furniture designer James Harrison, courtesy of a deal with Habitat, but he retains the pragmatism and level-headedness he learned while growing up on a farm, says Max Fraser

Pet food

Don’t they know humans never read food labels?

Sadly, our labrador and two cats aren’t quite as avid readers of Design Week as I am, but they have a rather important query. They’d like to know why they’ve now started to get each others’ food, due to errors on the part of the human (me) who opens their tins. They’ve always been happy […]


What sort of person should take over as chairman of the Design Council when George Cox’s tenure comes to an end this autumn? Who would you put in the frame? It is imperative the next chairman of the Design Council transcends both the creative and the economic worlds. This convergence is central to the future […]

Woolen art


I’m a big fan of the so-called ‘loose cannons’ of society


Doing the business

Senior designers have more to offer clients than mere creativity. Mark Shaw says they should provide wider consultancy services and become ‘business designers’

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