29 April 1999

Digests

Manchester consultancy Coleman Design has created new packaging for the traditional confectionery ranges made by Taverners, part of Scandanavian parent company the Toms Group. Cookware company William Levene is to launch a range of products named after TV chef Ainsley Harriott. Packaging is by The Sandom Partnership and structural packaging group Impackt.

Local spills beans on KFC revamp

The whole Glasgow 1999 City of Architecture and Design thing is really taking hold of the locals. Design permeates everyday conversations, judging by a recent chat with a taxi driver on the way to the city’s airport. Guess who he’d had in the back of his cab the other day. Only an American woman who […]

Servicepoint takes Arthesia West solution

SERVICEPOINT UK, a solutions provider for businesses, is to open a 24-hour flagship “Megaservice store” in central London later this year. The store will be linked electronically to sister stores worldwide. The centre will feature travel and communications services, and will contain spaces which can be rented for special events. Under the jurisdiction of design […]

CSD should take a wider view

While applauding any new initiative from the Chartered Society of Designers (News, DW 16 April), I am saddened by the response of Cassie Hershel-Shorland who seeks yet another “division” in the design sector. The CSD particularly represents individual practitioners and we all hope it will continue to provide a base for designers of all disciplines […]

Directing access

WEB design has come a long way since the dark days of 1994. Or has it? The supposed broadband revolution – where every household would be linked via a video-quality connection to the Internet and we’d be watching Trevor MacDonald on the ITN website – has yet to happen. Five years on, website design is […]

Digest

Mansfield consultancy The Design Works has created an industrial-looking mail order catalogue for clothing ranges made by JCB. The client, famous for its ubiquitous earth-moving and construction equipment, is also making branded accessories and scale-model diggers. A production line was used for location photography of the outdoor clothing, while high specification reprographics were used to […]

National Portrait Gallery pushes plans forwards

The National Portrait Gallery has appointed a number of consultancies to its millennium development project, NPG 2000. Subsequent changes will be unveiled to the public at an opening ceremony scheduled for May next year. Meanwhile, former Friends of the Earth head of design Steve Russell is taking up the new position of NPG design manager. […]

Rooms with a view

Location, location, location. The British Council took this maxim to heart for its latest design exhibition. Conventional gallery space was spurned for the Ultravision show in favour of The Central Club Hotel, a youth hostel-style building on London’s Great Russell Street. The council took over a whole floor, with the displays set up in the […]

U-turn from BA on Union Flag tailfins

British Airways has revealed that six aircraft from its subsonic fleet are to have Union Flag tailfins. These will replace the ethnic art designs originally created in 1997 by the then Newell and Sorrell, after the traditional image proved popular with travellers. The planes, all Boeing 747s, will have the Union Flag motif, also designed […]

Designer expression

Some of my favourite communicators are designers. Communicators with words. I feel humbled in their presence because they can do what I do and I can’t do what they do. The copywriter knows that, in an emergency, the art director could write the headline. When TV advertising arrived in 1955, established print writers found that […]

Jerwood prizes furniture design

THE shortlist for this year’s 15 000 Jerwood Applied Arts Prize has been announced. The prize will this year concentrate on furniture design. “This prize is a recognition of British furniture designers’ vital contribution to the applied arts in 1999,” says Jerwood Foundation chairman Alan Grieve. Work entered for the prize will be on display […]

Dancing queens sing vodka’s praises

London’s Commonwealth Institute was swarming with Swedes the other night for the launch of Svensk vodka, which was branded by Curious. The event was fairly tame – taller than average men in suits taking tiny sips of Svensk and picking at soused fish – until the entertainment arrived. Then they really let their collective hair […]

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