Unintelligent branding … get the Helvetica out of it

‘Sometimes it looks as if designers like nothing better than to slag off each other’s work,’ opines Richard Clayton (News Analysis, DW 15 May). I would agree with every word. Except the ‘sometimes’. However, regarding concerns about the current quality of corporate identity work, criticism is most definitely justified. Is it any coincidence this year’s […]


The Design Council holds a regional event on 5 June in Newcastle. Responsible Design Practice – Necessity or Nirvana is discussion and debate looking at ethics, the environment and social responsibility in modern design practice. Contact: e-mail gemmaq@design council.org.uk to register. Also visit www.designcouncil.org.uk for more details. Venue: Baltic – the centre for contemporary art, […]

Maxi Markt values JHP interiors

JHP has secured sign-off on its interiors concept for Austrian hypermarket chain Maxi Markt this week. The concepts will be applied to a 4800m2 flagship, opening in October, before rolling out across the chain. The work follows JHP’s revamp of Maxi Markt’s supermarket cousin, Interspar (DW 30 January). The six-strong hypermarket chain was acquired by […]

Interbrand and SDL join forces

Interbrand announced this week that it is to merge with people-centred change consultancy and Omnicom stablemate Smythe Dorward Lambert. Interbrand chairman Rita Clifton says the merger will not affect the consultancy’s staff, although ‘efficiencies’ may be needed on the SDL side.

Joint effort to give Hayward facelift

London’s Hayward Gallery has this week approved final designs for its £1.3m new-build reception, designed by architect Haworth Tompkins in collaboration with conceptual artist Dan Graham. Funded by the Arts Council England National Lottery Award, the reception centres around a two-storey elliptical mirrored pavilion roof, intended to increase the light entering the building. It will […]


Touring show Great Brits, first shown at the Milan furniture fair, gets its British premiere, showcasing four designers in furniture, glass, multimedia and products until 27 June. Venue: The Design Centre, 11 Shambles Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 2SQ. New paintings by Alan Michael depict languid situations at Burlesque Schematic until 8 June. Venue: Hotel, […]

Prada’s Japanese flagship store to open

Prada’s Japanese flagship store, designed by Basel-based architect Herzog & de Meuron, opens on 7 June. Situated in Tokyo’s Epicentre building in the Aayomo district, the store is inspired by the shapes of a crystal, says architect Jacques Herzog.

Ex Lambie-Nairn trio set up shop

Former Lambie-Nairn creative directors Marcus Jones and Brian Eley have joined with Liz Dunning, also ex Lambie-Nairn, to form Dunning Eley Jones. The trio, drawing on its Lambie-Nairn expertise, plans to specialise in the televisual arena.


French group Radi Designers and Matali Crasset are among the designers focused on in a new series Design and Designer, published by Pyramyd in France, priced E12.35 (about £8.99). The books are due out early next month in the UK.

The green light

Ann Thorpe explains why the marketplace is ready to embrace sustainable design, as Mike Exon profiles three environmentally friendly products and solutions

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