26 October 2006

Red Bee Media revamps RTE One

Red Bee Media has revamped the on-screen identity of Irish public service TV channel RTÉ One. A package of 12 idents and augmented information graphics will launch on 3 November. The design is centered on the idea of RTÉ One’s relationship with Irish fami

Don’t overlook what is going on in universities

Rick Poynor laments the dearth of serious, research-led book publishing in graphic design history (DW 28 September), citing the lack of trained graphic design historians, the conservatism of publishers and a reluctance of academics to tell the stories of individuals. Additionally, there are two broader issues to consider. One is that design academics concentrate on […]

Wider circles

Lance Wyman created an enduring classic in his simple, geometric design for the 1968 Mexico Olympics, and offers some valuable advice to London 2012 Olympics designers. Emma Booty finds out what keeps him motivated and why he has broadened his scope to in

Microsoft selects Splendid to design Vista desktop gadgets

Microsoft has appointed Splendid to design a series of desktop ‘gadgets’ for its Vista operating system.The digital specialist is working with interaction design group Flow Interactive on projects for third-party clients, including Easyjet and Emap’s Empire magazine, on behalf of Microsoft. It is tasked with creating the visual elements for the gadgets, which are similar […]

The Lighthouse to appoint Barley as next director

Scotland’s national design centre The Lighthouse is to appoint editor and publisher Nick Barley as its next executive director, Design Week can reveal. With a remit to promote the organisation on the world stage, Barley (pictured) has been selected from a final shortlist of four British contenders, following an international hunt to find a successor to […]

WPP expands in Asia with new buyouts in Bangalore and China

WPP is strengthening its network in Asia with the acquisition of Bangalore-based consultancy Ray & Keshavan Design Associates.The group has taken a majority stake in the consultancy that specialises in brand identity, packaging, print and interactive design.Ray & Keshavan’s clients include Airtel, Hindustan Lever, Infosys, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Wipro. The consultancy was founded in […]

Design business model is slammed as ‘unsustainable’

The design consultancy model has come under fire this week as being ‘unsustainable’ and failing to make the most of its intellectual property. Speaking at the International Design Partnership’s 2006 conference in London, Results Business Consulting managing partner Keith Hunt said that the branding and design industry has the lowest operating profit margins in the […]

Cottam quits Design Council to go it alone

Hilary Cottam, director of the Design Council’s Red division, is to set up a consultancy working in the field of public service transformation, in partnership with strategic consultant Charles Leadbeater and former head of Ideo London Colin Burns. She will leave the Design Council after five and a half years on 13 November, but there […]

Design Mart exhibitors given £10k award

The Design Museum and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation have awarded grants of £10 000 to five designers participating in the Design Mart exhibitions of last and this year.The recipients are Assa Ashuach, who experiments in innovative lighting and furniture; Committee, for its Kebab lamps and printed wallpaper designs; &made, for its objects addressing world climate […]

News in Pictures

Lomo is unveiling the Trading Places Lomo Wall at London’s Royal Festival Hall this week. The mural is made up of Lomo-style photographs taken by local residents to create a living portrait of their lives. Sheffield City Museum and Mappin Art Gallery have reopened as Weston Park Museum, following a £19m redevelopment designed by Redman […]

China Youth Innovation Design Festival

The inaugural China Youth Innovation Design Festival will be held in Qingdao from 10 to 12 November. The Chartered Society of Designers is to highlight its work in the UK with a presentation and exhibition at the festival.

Eat their words

Cookbook design has moved on since Mrs Beeton, and a sprinkling of new publications is adding spice to the genre, says Sarah Balmond You only have to take a look at some of the rather cheerless-looking cookbooks discarded in charity shops to appreciate how far this publishing genre has come. The cookbook is as much […]

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