Hacienda Adidas

The Haçienda

Ageing ravers could be slipping into their dancing shoes once more as legendary Manchester super-club, The Haçienda, celebrates its 25-year anniversary with the design of an exclusive pair of Adidas trainers. The £345 shoes were designed by acclaimed Factory Records graphic designer Peter Saville, Joy Division/New Order bass player Peter Hook and Ben Kelly, the […]


Mixed signals

The Lost O, a public art project to commemorate the replacement of a ring road with quality public space in Ashford, coincides with the arrival of the Tour de France. But will the peloton be able to find its way through the chaos, wonders Fiona Sibley

student of the year

Sharp acts

Pocketing a Yellow Pencil could kick-start a career. Fiona Sibley reports on the winners of the D&AD Global Student Awards – and is impressed by the enthusiasm and quality of work on display, especially, this year, from UK entrants

Northeast 1

Credibility gap

Regional bodies love to use logos and straplines, but they also risk being accused of artificiality when these branding devices fail to reflect the realities of local cultures. As Manchester opts to drop them entirely, David Benady examines their relevanc

Intercontinental Hotel

Local colour

Business travellers are a discerning bunch. Many hotels targeting this market are updating their offer to woo a travel-weary audience that increasingly craves something more local and authentic than just anonymous luxury, says Trish Lorenz

North Wall Arts Centre

With Relish puts North Wall Arts Centre on cultural map

Hailed as ‘the most exciting arts project to come out of Oxford’, the £3.9m venue The North Wall Arts Centre this week opens its doors to the public.Designed and developed by architect Haworth Tompkins from a Victorian swimming pool and ancillary buildings, the site comprises a 250-seat theatre, art gallery and dance/ drama studios that […]

Design Council funding in question as Cabinet reshuffles

Gordon Brown’s Government reshuffle held a few surprises for the design world last week.The expected revamp of the Department of Trade and Industry was duly confirmed, and it was subsequently announced that its replacement – the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform – will be headed by John Hutton.It is still not yet known […]

Rebecca Edge

Audi Design Foundation offers £10k prize

The Audi Design Foundation has announced it will offer a one-off £10 000 grant this month to an outstanding graduate designer whose work embodies sustainability and inclusive design themes.It will also host a series of inclusive and sustainable design workshops, as well as a tutors’ networking lunch to discuss how it can support higher education […]


To The Point adds colour to Newsprinters branding

Newsprinters, News International’s £650m manufacturing operation, will open the first of its three print factories in September, with branding, interior graphics and signage by To The Point.Newsprinters will print the four NI titles, The Sun, The Times, The Sunday Times and the News of the World, as well as The Daily Telegraph, following the Telegraph […]

London College of Fashion

News in Pictures

The London College of Fashion will launch its 144-page Graduate Yearbook for the BA (hons) Fashion Photography course at a special month-long exhibition at the Great Eastern Hotel, London £1, running until 20 July. Sampson May Design was commissioned to c

New landscape represents major opportunity for design

Things are looking good for design as the new Government settles in. With design stalwart Gordon Brown as Prime Minister it is likely to gain momentum, especially now the creative industries are deemed as important to the UK’s GDP as the financial services sector. The demise of the Department of Trade and Industry – traditionally […]

Design Business Association

Nick Ramshaw, director of Elmwood Leeds Media, will today take over as president of the Design Business Association from John Mathers, UK chief executive of Enterprise IG, at the DBA’s annual general meeting. Ramshaw will serve a two-year term as president, while Mathers will continue to sit on the DBA’s board of directors.

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