29 August 1996

Brief

Newcastle design and advertising consultancy Yellow M claims to have moved away from the traditional approach to marketing shopping centre space to retailers in its work for the Stirling Thistle Marches centre in Scotland. Michael Hynes, design director of Yellow M’s design division, explains: ‘The brochure needed to stand out from the many other brochures […]

Rail franchises shunt rebranding plans along

THE GOVERNMENT’S railway privatisation scheme continues to bear fruit as more newly franchised operations undergo rebranding exercises. The South Eastern Train Company was last week bought by Connex Rail, a subsidiary of French conglomerate CGEA. It is likely that the identity will be looked at by CGI, which is currently reviewing branding issues for Network […]

Corporate sex in house of sin

The legalisation of brothels is a hot issue, the subject of much current debate by politicians, the police and church leaders. If brothels do go above board, what a feast designers could have. Porn kings and pimps, after all, are supposed to be rolling in it and legalisation would mean competition; commercialism; corporate identity; “The […]

Period look for Benetton flagship store

Interiors firm Douglas Lusardi Metcalfe is designing Benetton’s 2.5m flagship store at London’s Oxford Circus. It will be the biggest Benetton in the world. And Andrew Douglas, partner at the London consultancy, reveals that Benetton is planning another “huge” store in New York, possibly designed by a US group. The consultancy is working in tandem […]

Survey to decide Green revival

THE Chartered Society of Designers is sending out a survey to its 7000 members with a view to resurrecting a Green committee which it organised in 1993. The Eco-Design Survey is compiled by the Centre for Sustainable Design, based at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design. “We’ve had a good response to suggestions that […]

Don’t quote me on it, but my wife’s gone droopy

An international controversy has been raging from Ipswich to California. Self-confessed stick-in-the-mud Peter Eaves of Ipswich has a wife called – not surprisingly – Mrs Eaves, who happens to be development director at multimedia consultancy Real Time St

Habitat set to launch UK arts publication

Habitat is launching a new publication called Art Broadsheet, designed by Graphic Thought Facility. It is also sponsoring a magazine called Metronome, designed by Clementine Deliss. Art Broadsheet is a quarterly guide to visual arts around the UK and Ireland. Its first issue will be published on 1 September. Graphic Thought Facility did not have […]

Object lessons

Andy Gilgrist looks at some programme highlights of the International Festival of Design in Glasgow. For programme details and tickets, call 0141-287 0196.

Watering down the facts about our H2O

Your report on the winning design for a tap water container includes some unfair and misleading remarks about the quality of London’s drinking water (Diary, DW 9 August). The water supplied by Thames Water in the London area has improved steadily over the past five years, and in 1995 it passed 98.7 per cent of […]

All you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask

Author Richard Weston is offering what sounds like a good opportunity to gen up on every aspect of Modernism with his new book enigmatically entitled – wait for it – Modernism. It costs 45, but could be worth its weight in gold for the sheer knowledge one could learn parrot-fashion. Modernism (the book) is said […]

Checkpoint Charlie rebranding

One of Berlin’s most emotive landmarks, Checkpoint Charlie, is to be the site of a new property development. Wolff Olins has been appointed to name and brand the area and the site’s four office buildings. The offices will be located along the east side of the Berlin wall landmark and will house retail units on […]

Rogers on honours list

Architect Sir Richard Rogers is to become a Labour peer after receiving a barony in last week’s honours list. Ad guru Maurice Saatchi also joins the House of Lords, as a Conservative peer.

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