3 August 2006

Is this a link with industry or is it just a one-off?

Interesting article (Comment, DW 20 July), especially the sign-off about designers who feel that the Design Council could be seen as irrelevant without a direct link to the industry. It actually has one… it employs designers and has consultants throughout the UK helping the wider world gain a better commercial understanding and respect for design. […]

Virgin set to integrate NTL’s ‘quadruple play’

The creative team at Virgin Mobile has begun looking at design concepts to brand NTL’s ‘quadruple play’ product, comprising Internet, television and fixed-line and mobile telephony services, which will eventually be retailed through Virgin’s first chain of stand-alone retail outlets.The project is in the very early stages, says Adrian Spooner, head of creative at Virgin […]

Nissan wins R&D tax relief claim for design in test case

Many UK design businesses could become eligible for substantial tax relief on their work, a landmark claim by Nissan Design Europe has shown. The company has won a tax relief claim for design work dating back two years, using the research and development tax credit system. The move is worth ‘hundreds of thousands of pounds’ […]

Project X terminates

Project X was closed by mutual agreement of its three founding directors and owners Nick Blyth, Ross Haxton and Simon Wyatt-Budd, and not by Blyth Wyatt Budd, as stated in DW last week.

Public sector red tape is a barrier to small consultancies

We’re still a relatively new consultancy, but thought it was time to start putting in tenders to Government Land. We recently saw a carrot being dangled by the Carbon Trust. But to have a go, we had to go to a website, then follow a link to download a pdf with instructions on how to […]

Fitch appoints Publicis new business director

Fitch has appointed Publicis new business director David Balko as business development director of its London studio. Balko has worked at the ad agency, a rival to WPP-owned Fitch, since 2003. Part of his brief will be to extend the group’s reach into Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

Slice freshens up Cillit Bang with colour-coded variants

Household products giant Reckitt Benckiser is to roll out a global packaging refresh for its Cillit Bang cleaning range, with design work by Slice Design. The packaging initially launches in the UK later this month, followed by distribution to markets in continental Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, South America and Africa. Slice Design was briefed […]

Jet Airways brings in Landor to fly high

It is understood that Jet Airways is looking to attract a wider customer base as it expands its international flight path with additional routes across Asia, the US and Europe. The Indian domestic airline launched its first flights between India and Brita

Yell Group publishes annual reports

International directories company Yell Group has published its 2006 annual and corporate responsibility reports, designed for the first time by College Design, a division of communications agency College Hill. The consultancy was briefed to promote the Yell Group brand while also meeting best reporting practice. According to Ali Stanesby, assistant company secretary at Yell, the […]

1000 New Designs book…

1000 New Designs and Where To Find Them, published by Laurence King Publishing, highlights some of the furniture, storage, lighting, textile, bathroom, kitchenware and electrical product designs launched over the past five years. Designed by Roger Fawcett


As a teenager in the late 1970s, my obsession with music had broadened to include the record sleeves produced by the likes of Hipgnosis and Roger Dean. Then along came Punk, a new visual language was called for and the new stars of sleeve design – Malcolm Garrett, Neville Brody, Peter Saville – were quickly […]

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