This week Figtree opens its doors and puts its feet straight up on the desk, with a biting parody of ‘brand dictionaries’. Judging from the time and effort that has gone into writing the spoof ‘The A-Z of Branding’, Figtree founders and former Innocence stalwarts John Holten and Simon Myers are in need of light relief. Aping the Wolffian style for alphabetical annuals, we find ‘B’ is for Brandometer, that legendary black box of many a pitch, for solving all brand problems at the touch of a button. ‘M’ is for mood-boards, ‘N’ is for the Nineties and ‘O’ is for off-brand. ‘T’ is for ‘top right’, that place on the big chart where you always need to ‘move your brand to’. This book’s just what you need to get all your ducks in a row.
As JK Rowling’s magical series celebrates its 20th anniversary, the British Library has opened a new exhibition to mark the occasion. We speak to exhibition design consultancy Easy Tiger Creative
We look back on the life and work of the Design Week columnist, independent creative director and social activist “who helped put black participation on the political map”.
The DBA’s Annual Survey of over 150 businesses has shown that, while income and staff employment is on the up, clients are underpaying for design services.
From a new report about creative skills shortages post-Brexit, to our top picks from Design Manchester 2017, we round up the news from the last seven days.