27 September 2007

Double-page spread landscape illustrations from Old Men in Love, drawn by Alasdair Gray with help from
Richard Todd and Nichol Wheatley

Picture this

Inspired by illustrated books from the Victorian era, novelist Alasdair Gray challenges typesetting conventions by illustrating his own work. Hannah Booth talks to the writer whose first publisher forgot to pay him for his designs

Illustration by Vanillusaft

Going global

There’s a glut of graphic design tomes out this autumn, as publishers vie to assess the state of the field. Fiona Sibley looks for inspiration from around the world in one of the most intriguing new additions

Boardroom at Billington artmell’s London offices,
designed by Platform Group, ith a table mimicking a nooker table, as well as all-shaped lighting created by Tom Dixon

Getting it right

The smartest workplaces are those which adopt strategies to make their employees feel happier and more motivated. Pamela Buxton investigates some recent examples of forward-looking design thinking in the office arena

nike

Made Thought nets Nike Basketball

Nike is developing a global brand marque for its basketball division in conjunction with Made Thought. The division is set to launch at the end of this year. The London multidisciplinary consultancy won the business without a pitch, after Nike Basketball approached it directly to develop the marque and a set of brand guidelines in […]

unbound

Johnson Banks writes the script for Unbound identity

Johnson Banks has created an identity for the US philanthropic organisation Unbound, designed using 59 separate words. The letterforms are constructed of words commonly used by the charitable foundation. This is the first graphics work it has commissioned. The graphics and brand consultancy was appointed eight months ago on the basis of its credentials, having […]

colourrooms

Odd tones down interiors in the Colour Room for industrial feel

Sony Bravia, the brand that launched the renowned multicoloured balls and paint ads, has unveiled two new event spaces called The Colour Rooms. Developed in collaboration with Lunch Communications and design consultancy Odd, the Colour Rooms are temporary, multi-use event spaces in London and Berlin. Both aim to provide an environment suitable for a range […]

alzheimers

CDG shouldn’t have gone along with a stigmatising term

I can’t really go on criticising the work of well-known and should-know-better design consultancies (see Letters, DW 28 June), but Conran Design Group’s work for the Alzheimer’s Society is a shame (DW 20 September). They seem to have just accepted the copy – ‘leading the fight against dementia’. Maybe they wrote it. Maybe they fought […]

Satchin and His Brother Mabo, 1963. © Nobuyoshi Araki, courtesy Taka Ishii Gallery/ Michael Hoppen Contemporary

Island of image-makers

By Fiona Sibley And now, news from another small island. The changing world of modern Japan, and its many faces beyond the dazzling urban scapes of Tokyo, is presented this month in an exhibition charting more than 60 years of art photography since the end of World War II. Numerous historic portraits in black and […]

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