26 March 2009

News in pictures

Chris Leishman Design has created the Ration Book, a promotional device for fashion and lifestyle retailer White Stuff which features special offers. It launches later this month.

Pack mentality

Mail art – or correspondence art – is not new. The idea of decorating a postcard, envelope or package and sending it through the post was originally made popular by the late Pop Art pioneer Ray Johnson, arguably the godfather of the movement. One recent venture, Mail Me Art, has proved particularly bountiful, with submissions […]

Stay true to your values

Success in business is down to many factors, but a relentless sense of commitment and a constant striving for excellence are crucial, says Ajaz Ahmed It is often said that ‘the journey is the reward’. My journey with AKQA began more than a decade ago when the Internet was seen as a transient fad or […]

Quirky approaches to designing exhibition catalogues

How do you design collectable exhibition catalogues, which will live on long beyond the shows themselves, while doing full justice to the work? Anna Richardson looks at some quirky approachesHigh-end, hardback and glossy or quirky, conceptual and low-budget, the exhibition catalogue has always provided a popular outlet for print creatives. The catalogue needs to strike […]

West life

For whatever reason – a strong local economy, incomer graduates whocan’t bear to leave, or freedom from the stresses of life in the capital – the creative sector isthriving in Bristol. Clare Dowdy talks to some of the major players I like working with Reach is that they are just like a London consultancy, but […]

A lost world

Young designers accustomed to quiet, obstacle-free offices don’t know how lucky they are. Michael Peters recalls life before the Mac, when the senses were under constant assault and studios were full of snotballs and multicoloured sneezesNostalgia is a powerful thing. I know, believe me – I recently had to take a trip down memory lane […]

Profile: Media Molecule

A radical approach to user-creativity andinnovative working methods have madegame developer Media Molecule a major player. Iain Simons investigates the philosophy of the team behind Little Big Planet and Sackboy It was the first keynote speech of the 2007 International Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Phil Harrison, who was then head of worldwide studios […]

Droog has no formal links with Design Academy Eindhoven

Droog Design didn’t quite emerge from Design Academy Eindhoven, as Hugh Pearman writes in his article (Private View, DW 12 March). Actually, in the early days of Droog Design, many Droog designers, including Marcel Wanders, were graduates of the Academy of Applied Arts of Arnhem (now called ArtEZ Institute of the Arts). Although there are […]

At last, someone sees light at the end of the tunnel

I read Sir Martin Sorrell’s comments on recession and the design industry (News, DW 12 March) with interest. Undoubtedly, this year is going to be a challenging one for the design sector, but I hope it won’t be all doom and gloom. In my opinion, the design industry is at its most creative when we […]

Frayling’s campaign is a bit of diagonal thinking

I was interested to read your article about Professor Sir Christopher Frayling mounting a campaign to lobby Government on the status of design education, in the hope of persuading it to include design as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subject (www.designweek.co.uk, 11 March). James Dyson was quoted as saying ‘Our best design engineers are […]


With an Olympics body admitting to appointing designers at random, what can Olympics organisers do to improve their relationship with the design industry? The Olympics will enlist the services of hundreds of industries, most of which won’t be able to resist airing their gripes about perceived injustices. But when you’re running multi-billion-pound projects there’s no […]

Good design should be both usable and socially relevant

I totally agree with Lynda Relph-Knight (Comment, DW 12 March), regarding the importance of usability and social relevance when judging design. Having been involved in the practice of people-centred design for more than 25 years now, I am still really amazed at the debates that sometimes kick off in design projects. There are always those […]

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