Tea time for Design House with Ch’a brand

Food giant Van den Bergh has opened the first in a planned chain of Ch’a teashops, in Brighton, as created by Design House. The opening is part of a drive to provide an alternative to the growing number of US-style coffee shops spreading across the country. It also creates a high street presence for the […]

Case Study – Business link guides

Business Link is one of those rather anonymous, multiheaded, private-public organisations that exists to provide advice to businesses of all kinds – on training, exporting, management, whatever. Like Citizens Advice Bureaus, they have local centres all over the country. Business Link approached Thomas Manss to design a corporate brochure detailing the various services on offer. […]

Students score with exhibition venue

It’s that time of year again for students. But the Design Week award for most innovative location for a university design show goes to Coventry. Students of automotive engineering design, consumer product design, graphic design, industrial product design, technical communication and transport design are exhibiting their work in the East Stand of Coventry City Football […]

Engineering skills don’t have to exclude creativity

I read with interest about last week’s discussions between the engineering and non-engineering fraternities in design (Comment, DW 21 May). As an in-house product designer usually specialising in structural packaging, I wonder what camp I fall into. And more importantly, should I care? I feel the job demands taking a reasonable knowledge in tooling and […]


Kitchen appliance manufacturer Breville has departed from tradition with the Daisy Sandwich Toaster, which goes on sale in June. Packaging for the novelty toaster has been created by Manchester consultancy Montage Bridgewater Barron.

WMB shapes up Planet Organic

Food store Planet Organic is to distance itself from the “hokey” image of organic products with a new brand identity created by Williams Murray Banks. The consultancy is set to start work imminently, although a launch date for the identity has yet to be finalised. The appointment has coincided with an announcement by supermarket giant […]

Education can help in bid to design for all

Design Week was timely in reporting “Disabled design to cost £1.23bn” (News, DW 7 May). Few recognise that in a couple of years enforcement of the Disability Discrimination Act may not only close areas such as retail spaces which do not comply with the act, but that litigation may ensue. How can designers improve their […]


Wawa is a new showroom promoting the complementary talents of designers Richard Joseph Ward and Lucy Wassell. Ward specialises in contemporary sofas and Wassell is dedicated to creating hand tufted rugs. Contact: Wawa on 0171-729 6768. Venue: Wawa, 3 Erza Street, London E2.

Still in print – Case studies

The design for print business faces uncertain times. As corporate communications is experiencing something of a digital renaissance, the only certainty is change. There is much evidence to show that hi-tech communications are, in fact, boosting traditional paper-based media (using them to good effect rather than replacing them). But there is certainly no guarantee that […]

Chime consultancies join to form AMD Group

FOUR design and communications consultancies owned by Chime Communications are being joined together formally under one umbrella brand. Corporate branding and literature group Smithfield Design, Web design group IAB, Bell Pottinger Marketing and Events and property marketing group AMD will start sharing offices this week. They will be known collectively as AMD Group. Although each […]

Coming to a full stop

Punctuation should be more than just an afterthought, an incorrectly placed comma can completely alter the sense of a sentence, says David Bernstein

The day the sky fell in

Sky Television one of the leading global broadcasters was left with egg on its face at the launch of Reach For The Sky after its public address and video systems both failed. The initiative aims to help teenagers make the most of the career opportunities they will have in the new millennium. It is part […]

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