26 September 1996

Designers need to get with the programme

Having just picked up Design Week (13 September) – it takes a while to reach me as I’m based in San Francisco – I noticed several interesting things about the issue: Congratulations on the new full-colour cover.

Net growth of annual reports

More than a third of the UK’s top 250 companies now have Internet sites, half of which use the facility to display their annual reports, according to a new study. Merchant Design’s second yearly survey of annual reports and accounts covers on-line as well as printed reporting. Both Merchant and on-line design specialist Nucleus Design […]

Simon John in new venture

Former Coley Porter Bell creative director Simon John is to launch a new design consultancy with Stuart MacKay, part-time consultant to The Identica Partnership. The new venture will be launched in around a month and will term itself ‘identity consultants’, says John, targeting a broad spectrum of work for European clients. John left CPB in […]

Peyton in Manchester

Australian designer Marc Newson is creating interiors for Mash and Air, two new restaurants on four floors of a converted mill in Manchester. Graphics are by London’s Mark Farrow Design. Mash and Air will be opened at the end of this year by Oliver Peyton, who launched London’s Atlantic Bar & Grill and Coast.

Many reasons to be cheerful

With strong profits recorded for the second year running in the top 20 groups, things are looking up. Clare Dowdy breaks down the figures

Another biker chick rolls in

Regular readers of DW will have noticed that designers like few things more than getting on their bikes. Gaelin Gray, new business and marketing person at London’s Real Time Studio, deserves to be up on the publicity pillion along with Graven Images’ Jani


The Wild West show Friday 27 September Today is your last chance to catch Creative Futures 1996, an exhibition which focuses on the work of young artists and designers in the areas of animation, photography, modelmaking, graphic design, corporate identity

Top groups see pre-tax profits ‘nearly double’

Pre-tax profits for the top 20 design groups nearly doubled in the last fiscal year, and the good news is expected to continue, a new survey reveals. Willott Kingston Smith’s latest annual findings on the marketing services sector saw the groups’ average profits before tax rising 85 per cent to 471 000. This follows a […]

CGI Ingleton Thomas in at Center Parcs

Short-break leisure business Center Parcs has a new identity by CGI Ingleton Thomas after more than three years of research. The Scottish & Newcastle subsidiary operates holiday centres in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and the UK, and the cost of implementing the “leafbird” logo across all sites will exceed 1m. The repositioning was aimed […]

Natural History Museum runs jobs in-house

The Natural History Museum is to run its next two Earth Galleries exhibitions in-house and is looking for designers to pitch for the design work. The museum has appointed external consultancies to run entire projects in the past, but the move to project-manage and research these new exhibitions internally could lead to a permanent in-house […]

Ligging celebs get caught out by the Daily Mirror

Czech chef Pavel Lacvec’s cooking impressed Steven Spielberg so much that “he flew Pavel to Hollywood to cook for friends at a private party”. So says the publicity spiel for The Paper Bag, a new Czech restaurant in London with graphics by Zulver & Co. And it’s bollocks. The Daily Mirror commissioned the group to […]

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