26 November 2009


Sir John Sorrell recently asked architects to name features of the built environment that delight them. What would your answer have been, and why?


Pop-up art

Paddy Barstow is not one for the constraints of traditional art galleries – he wants to discover and nurture emerging talent from the art world and break down barriers between different media. Barstow is the curator of Art Mosh, a series of exclusive pop-up events that bring artists together with contemporary music and DJs in […]

Dodge those Russian mines

As the boom fizzled out in Russia, where did that leave the country’s nascent design industry? Alexei Goncharenko offers his top survival tips

Design is hope

We must safeguard our creativity and take our craft seriously, because it can be a genuine agent of change. Rodney Fitch makes a plea for greater awareness of the potential of design to foster innovation and help shape a civil society

Tibetan font Lungta, by Jo De Baerdemaeker

Open brief

It’s a transitional time for font design, with the need to make lettering work across a range of media shaping the discipline and opening up new possibilities. Anna Richardson hears how a new generation of type designers views the craft

Sugar Buzz, by Woodrow Phoenix and Ian Carney

Profile – Woodrow Phoenix

Graphic artist Woodrow Phoenix packs a very Postmodern punch in his work, with message-driven illustrations offering up an incongruous mix of the cute and the sinister. Dominic Lutyens catches up with him

Rams retrospective proves the value of in-house design

All praise to your item on in-house design (Comment, DW 22 October). Indeed, in-house design is often viewed as the poor relation, but you can now see the results of 50 years of in-house design, because Dieter Rams’s work for Braun and Vitsoe is being exhibited at London’s Design Museum. Rams often speaks of his […]

Banks should bank on affordable luxury to instil confidence

Two weeks ago you posed the question, ‘What can the new and devolved banking brands do to instil confidence in their customers?’ (Voxpop, DW 12 November). High street banks need genuine high street attitudes if they hope to attract consumer buy-in. They need to look at successes like the boom in affordable luxuries, and work […]

COI is not to blame for public-sector problems

Recent news items and letters about design procurement in the public sector have raised some important issues regarding free-pitches, aborted tenders and Central Office of Information rosters (News, DW 24 September, and Letters, DW 22 October, 29 October and 5 November). Setting up a design framework that meets European Union regulations, allows you to judge […]

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