29 February 1996

String-like status receives praise

“Only Alan Fletcher would name something like a ball of string a design classic,” a leading designer confided not that long ago, glowing with admiration for a presentation his graphics hero had made. But Fletcher is apparently not alone in his love of honest twine. We tuned into BBC2’s promo for the BBC Design Awards […]

The best ideas hang in mid-air

You won’t be able to move this month in Bristol without seeing at least one computer-generated image by Adrian van de Plas. The ambitious graphic designer and illustrator has an exhibition at Internet café NetGates until 18 March and another at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery from 31 March to 23 April. This image […]

RNLI waves a clearer flag

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is launching a new identity to clarify its role as a volunteer service run entirely on charitable donations. MPL has revamped the RNLI’s identity and created guidelines for its use. The RNLI – which costs up to 60m a year to run – has suffered from public misunderstanding of its […]

Elmwood and Opera North strike a chord

Elmwood has redesigned all Opera North’s corporate and promotional material. The Leeds consultancy, which won a three-way paid creative pitch against undisclosed rivals, has applied the new look to the coming season’s posters, leaflets and other promotion

TV debut leaves designer with at least one fan

Hot air, malarkey and The Big Breakfast played essential parts in one designer’s ploy to avoid making coffee for the studio. Oliver King, senior designer at Priestman Associates, is now on a caffeine-induced buzz, and nicely basking in the glow of fame. King’s 60 seconds of stardom came when he presented Priestman’s Soft Fan on […]

Spin doctors

How do you design for a medium in which viewers select their own typeface and colours? Confirmed anoraknaphobic Fay Sweet spoke to three Web weavers about mastering design on the Internet

1996 account awards given

Warwick consultancy Design Principles and London firm CGI share honours in the 1996 Annual Awards for Published Accounts. Annual reports from every listed company are entered for the awards, which are sponsored by the London Stock Exchange and the Institutes of Chartered Accountants in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. CGI’s report for Reuters won the […]

Krystina deals with a variety of dicks in Malaysia

Staff at Design Bridge in London eagerly await the return every few months of Krystina Lyon for a chance to see her snaps. Krystina, you see, goes off on these business trips to south east Asia for Design Bridge but always returns with a tale to tell. Take the time when Krystina and Phil Lawder, […]

Better late than never

A fire at Design Week’s printer has led to publication delays for the past two weeks. Things will be back to normal in a week or so, so please bear with us.

Conran takes on hotel

The Great Eastern Hotel at London’s Liverpool Street station is to get a 30m revamp by CD Partnership and architect Manser Associates after owner Railtrack sold the 260-room hotel to a consortium including Sir Terence Conran. Conran will design and operate three restaurants in the 140-year-old hotel.

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