Arabic graphics in the East End

Islamic art, Sony’s PlayStation Portable and London’s East End? Strong stuff. It’s been a bad two weeks in London. A green, geometric typeface that looks like Arabic, but actually reads in English flags an exhibition showcasing contemporary Arabic graphics and calligraphy sponsored by PSP at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, default choice of leftfield(ish) […]

Design Index outguns FTSE growth

Share prices of design-aware companies have outperformed those of the FTSE 100 by more than 200 per cent since 1993, according to the latest Design Index report from the Design Council. Moreover, since March 2003, the same index has risen 43 per cent compared to a 26.2 per cent rise by the FTSE 100.

Profile: Lauren Child

Lauren Child creates children’s books, but that is not her only audience. Like her contemporaries, she knows she has to enthral both the child and the parent who reads the story, she tells Hannah Booth

Interbrand reports on the gainers in the global brand war

Brands with a simple, unifying identity shine in the latest of Interbrand’s Best Global Brands survey, published last week. Apple Computer, Yahoo!, eBay, Samsung and HSBC are among the top gainers in the annual ranking, which is published in conjunction with BusinessWeek magazine. All five brands saw their equity rise by between 16 per cent […]

National Gallery gives sneak preview of Portioc entrance scheme

Last week the National Gallery gave a sneak preview of its Portico entrance scheme, which will open on 24 September. The main entrance on Trafalgar Square will be opened up to restore the original interior by JD Crace, and the 1887 Tunisian pink marble is being restored to the walls of its Staircase Hall. The […]

The Solution Group create sleeve design for The Back Room

The sleeve design for the cover of The Back Room by Editors has been created by Newcastle design consultancy The Solution Group. It is released this week on Kitchen Ware Records as a gatefold vinyl or limited edition digipak format wth a separate booklet of images.

Cinnamon Club owner plans London restaurants

Iqbal Wahhab, founder of the upmarket Westminster-based Indian restaurant Cinnamon Club, is set to expand his portfolio of eateries with the roll-out of a series of branded restaurants across London, creating opportunities for design groups. The ‘dual identity’ project will initially comprise two restaurants located in London. Edge Design will draw up the interior concepts […]

So long it can no longer take the strain

Just a quick reposte to Mark Denton’s letter (DW 14 July). Are there any readers out there who haven’t worked in a studio where there’s been a Pantone/beverage colour theme going on? PMS 117C always seems to be a popular choice, by the way.

Motorola/ Apple deal bears fruit

Motorola and Apple Computer have reportedly unveiled the ROKR handset to US analysts. The much-hyped phone features iTunes software, allowing users to listen to MP3s. The phone was not among other models revealed to the public this week, including the Moto Q (pictured).

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