Picture This

A photography exhibition, Picture This, commemorating 175 years of the Royal Institute of British Architects, will take place at Cube Gallery in Manchester from 10 July to 5 October. Competition-winning projects (including Sage Gateshead, by Foster & Partners, pictured) will be illustrated with 175 images which plot the organisation’s history, sitting alongside computer-generated images of […]


YCN, a group set up in 2001 to showcase emerging design talent, has moved into its new space in 72 Rivington Street, London EC2. The ground floor, which is open daily, exhibits the work of new designers and illustrators, and there is also a collection of items available to buy, as well as a lending […]

Folio Creative Communication

Henley-on-Thamesbased consultancy Folio Creative Communication has designed a public safety campaign for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to highlight the dangers of ‘tombstoning’ – the practice of jumping from cliffs and structures into dangerous waters. The campaign, using posters and stickers placed at danger spots, uses a barcode that connects mobile phones directly to a […]

Bristol Design Festival unveils programme

Kinneir Dufort and Sebastian Gronemeyer will be among 500 exhibitors showing at the Bristol Design Festival in June – more than twice as many as last year. Despite this growth, festival director Neil Ferguson believes that the recession has hit this year’s festival. He says, ‘We could have got quite a few more than 500 […]

Furniture design company Thonet

Furniture design company Thonet is producing a special edition chair, the 214k, for the upcoming Bauhaus exhibition, which is touring Germany from July to October, before going to New York in November. This year sees the 190th anniversary of the company’s founding by Michael Thonet, the 150th anniversary of the 214 chair, and the 120th […]

Top 100 shows the need for creativity and communication

Congratulations to Imagination for maintaining pole position in the Top 100 this year. The ‘experience design’ specialist may not have made great strides in 2008 (see supplement), but it held its own in difficult times and has yet to meet a serious challenger. This is no mean feat. For while this year’s Top 100 reflects […]

D&P applies retail foundation for cosmetics brand Aromanice

Retail design consultancy Dalziel & Pow is designing the first store for Chinese beauty and skincare brand Aromanice. Aromanice is part of the Landy group, based in Xiamen, south-east China. Landy is an existing manufacturer making branded and licensed products for retailers in the US and UK. David Wright, associate director-marketing at Dalziel & Pow, […]

News in Pictures

French graphic designer Damien Poulain has created 49 hand-painted totems made from reclaimed wood. Totem 49 is showing at the Kemistry Gallery, London EC2, from 5 June to 18 July.

Work by Kirsty Wright, Simon Allen

News in Pictures

Work by Kirsty Wright, Simon Allen, and Helen Ashcroft will feature in Variety 09, an exhibition by students at the School of Art & Design at Blackpool & The Fylde College which tours Blackpool, Manchester and London in June and July.

Tradition’s undoing

Quaint customs and outmoded forms of address have had their day – they’re as passé as Parliamentary sleaze. Kasper de Graaf urges wholesale reform

Inspired, Patrick Volavka – Let My People Play

The release of the film Beat Street (1984), featuring New York hip-hop culture, is what inspired me to be a graphic designer. Along with the earlier film Wild Style (1983), it was the beginning of a new counter-culture back in the late 1980s, which combined many artistic forms – from graffiti and DJing through to […]

Sadly missed car brands? Don’t forget the E-Type

In the light of General Motors’ announcement that it is to ditch its iconic Pontiac car brand, a few weeks ago you asked, ‘Which now-defunct brand do you miss most, and why?’ (Voxpop, DW 7 May). I’d like to propose the iconic Jaguar E-Type. This car was the pinnacle of Jaguar’s history. Strictly speaking, it […]

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