26 October 2000

Are Johnson Banks’ ideas really so unique?

In response to Michael Johnson bemoaning loss of work and plagiarism (Letters, DW 13 October), while I do sympathise with his sentiments I have to question whether the ideas he claims to be his original ideas are really so original. Did he first think of using melons instead of breasts? Did the European star from […]


Midlands digital media consultancy QiQ has designed www.sortit.org.uk, a website for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, which launches next week. It is aimed at blind and partially sighted 11- to 16-year- olds, and is designed to be used in conjunction with speech synthesis technology, braille output and over-large fonts.

Shh goes to work on noodle bar

Architectural and design consultancy Shh has created the identity and interiors for new central London noodle bar, Ichizen, which opened last week. ‘The clients wanted a young, happening place,’ says Graham Harris, managing director of Shh. ‘Trying to put that across in architectural terms was an interesting challenge.’ The designer was limited by the building’s […]

Vox Pop

Boots the Chemists has said that its marketing services deal with WPP Group (DW 20 October) will not affect its arrangements for commissioning design. Is this a realistic position or do you feel that in the long run smaller creative groups will lose out? ‘Obviously, that depends on the strategy. It sounds like they are […]

Joint honours at DBA Awards

A design collaboration including Design Triangle, Wolff Olins and Glazer has scooped the Grand Prix and Design Management awards for the Heathrow Express train at this year’s Design Business Association’s Design Effectiveness Awards.

Print Sale

Print Circle is the Photographers’ Gallery annual collection of original prints for sale to the public. The signed photographs, which are limited edition batches of 20, are priced at £250 for one image and include established and contemporary photographers, as well as the work of emerging young artists. Contact: the website at www.photonet.org.uk. Venue: The […]

Marketing budgets are down, says IPA report

Corporate marketing budgets have been revised downwards for the next few months, according to the latest Bellwether Report, published last week by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising. While the quarterly report shows that Internet marketing and sponsorship grew from 1.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent of marketing budgets, it states: “Companies reported that […]


Retail, leisure and corporate design group Spring Creative Consultants has created the identity for new music video production company Vigilante. The bold pink identity contrasts a classical typeface with paint splash-style imagery.

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