Eight new partners to join FRCH Worldwide

US multidisciplinary design consultancy FRCH Worldwide is restructuring with the introduction of more than eight new partners over the next year and a half. “It’s part of a long-term ownership transition and evolution of leadership… making it wider and more horizontal,” says consultancy president and chief operating officer Kevin Roche. The latest appointment is David […]

Accelerated development

Ford’s incredible computer system is allowing its designers greater freedom to produce exciting designs in a much shorter time, as well as aiding them in getting closer to the consumer. And the Ka and the Puma are prime examples, says Mike Evamy

Dyson in book row

British inventor James Dyson is next week to defend himself against an injunction which seeks to prevent the publication of his autobiography, served by American corporation Amway. Dyson sued Amway for patent infringement ten years ago, after it produced its own dual cyclone system vacuum cleaner. The settlement he received was subject to a confidentiality […]

For a few dollars more

So aggressive has merchandising of our favourite Hollywood characters and cartoons become, that Yolanda Zappaterra asks whether a film nowadays is just a means to an end for the industry profit-makers

Labour’s GLA needs a contemporary home

There’s a nice symmetry to the offer by Japanese developer Shirayama Shokusan for part of County Hall to house the proposed Greater London Authority. Anyone with fond memories of the reign of “Red Ken” Livingston from the building before the Greater London Council was axed and the GLC-sponsored Fun Days will sigh with nostalgia at […]


The theme for Expo 98 in Lisbon is The Oceans: A Future Heritage. HP:ICM, which won the Foreign & Commonwealth Office bid to design, produce and manage the UK pavilion, plans to ‘immerse visitors in a seamless, unexpected, entertaining walk-through experi

No Conran presents says Rodney Fitch

Remaining staff at Rodney Fitch have been asked to shell out for quite a few leaving presents lately, what with one thing and another. Luckily, the consultancy’s central London office is well placed for a spot of lunchtime gift buying. But one particular establishment, we hear, is off-limits: Rodney has apparently banned staff from buying […]


Taking place on 3 June at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull is a conference titled Packaging minimisation – the way of the future? Now the packaging waste regulations have become law, companies are looking for better and cost-effective ways to recover and recycle waste. The conference will bring together speakers who will discuss trends, […]

Dutch group figures out a logo for Benelux bank

Dutch graphics group Una is redesigning the corporate identity of a bank whose annual reports it has worked on for the past 15 years. F van Lanschot Bankiers is a medium-sized private and merchant bank which started out in 1737 and operates in The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. For more than a decade Una partner […]

Knickerbox appoints 20/20

Retailer Knickerbox has confirmed the appointment of 20/20 Design and Strategy Consultants to rebrand its interiors and store facias to create a more up-to-date and cohesive image. The group will first complete a strategic review and brand audit of the business. The retail specialist is thought to have been appointed after a credentials and proposals […]

Lloyd Northover forms alliance with US group

Lloyd Northover Citigate has clinched a deal with US consultancy Bass Yager – founded by the late Saul Bass and Herb Yager – to reinforce its global position. The deal is an alliance for now, but is likely to become a merger, according to Lloyd Northover chairman Jim Northover. As part the deal Bass Yager […]

Medieval church alters image

A medieval church is using modern design to push itself “into the marketplace” after years of neglect and underfunding. – All Saints church in Hereford will reopen at the beginning of June with a contemporary café created by local architect Rod Robinson A

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