Punk publishing

For the past three years, a little-known publishing fair has been gaining momentum in London. Forget Hay-on-Wye and Frankfurt Book Fair, Publish and Be Damned is a one-day literary art event that is packed to the rafters with indie publishers producing books and periodicals that span a wide range, from black-and-white folded A3 sheets and […]

Overhauled LDA relaunches this autumn

The London Development Agency is relaunching in September with a revised brand identity created by Enterprise IG, following an extensive brand strategy development programme carried out by Corporate Edge. The five-figure rebranding project has been 12 months in the pipeline and reflects new organisational values for the LDA as it undergoes various structural changes, says […]

Switching across all channels

The proliferation of digital broadcast technology is forcing designers to rethink their strategy and update their skills, says Trish Lorenz Those in the know have been talking about on-line TV and on-demand programming for several years, but, for many consumers, the concept was just pie in the sky. Until now. Today, more than half of […]

Mackenzie chosen to head new festival

A former artistic director at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Ruth Mackenzie, has been appointed general director for the Manchester International Festival, which takes place for the first time next summer. Mackenzie will be tasked with building partnerships within the public and private sectors.

News in Pictures

Unreal has designed the promotional material for London’s Capital Age Festival, aimed at ‘older people’. The event on 20 August will include music, dance workshops, arts and crafts and a procession.

MTV to launch interactive channel

MTV is set to launch an interactive channel called MTV Flux next month, with on-screen user avatars designed by Nexus Productions. The interactive, community-based channel will deliver content via television, the Internet and mobile phones. Nexus has created a set of Japanese manga-style avatar characters which users can personalise to represent themselves in the on-line […]


Sod David Blunkett and Trevor Phillips and everybody having to prove how British they are, I’m just going to have to confess that multiculturalism still does it for me. Most of the inspiration on my journey to work comes at the start, in Shepherds Bush – where the gospel hall backs on to the mosque, […]

Top talent briefed to boost design across the Middle East

An international design school, supported by a future Arab Council on Design, will launch in Dubai as part of a long-term strategy to boost creative industries across the Middle East. The initiative comes ahead of the city’s inaugural design festival next

Keep British design credibility alive

Michael Hockney is stating what many members of the design community are debating, less politely, in the pub (Letters, DW 13 July). British Design Innovation would concur that British design continues to thrive and gain value among clients. There are some issues that would benefit from strengthening, such as intellectual property fees and growing international […]

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