Right tracks for Railtrack

Given that many of the non-institutional investors who hold shares in Railtrack are also railway enthusiasts, Stocks Austin Sice appears to be on the right lines with its design of the company’s annual report and accounts. Published this week, the full report and its accompanying summary could well end up plastered over the wall of […]

New cultural strategy required

Arts minister Mark Fisher indicated the Government’s commitment to design in a speech at the Royal College of Art last week. “We aim to be a Government with a cultural strategy rather than an art-funding Government,” he said. “There’s been more attention in the past to nurturing audiences than artists and designers, ” he added, […]

Find out what your floor says about you

New research by DuPont and carpet tile manufacturer Interface claims that flooring types give a clue about the personality of the owners. At Wolff Olins, the new management’s carpet tiles show they have a “jolly, vivacious, lively” personality – a bit like Ruby Wax. Colin Porter at Coley Porter Bell will be delighted to hear […]

Getting down to real business

A conference in Halifax last week gathered key members of the design community together to discuss the future of the industry and its representation. Lynda Relph-Knight discusses a few of the ideas generated and the next steps to be taken

Setting the record straight on Topalian

Your article CSD yet to close Topalian case (News, 20 June) was misleading on several points. – The allegations against me, and the call to resign, were put to me by Nick Jenkins alone, and completely refuted by me at the time.

Vignettes of Vignelli

As the US celebrates Independence Day, Clare Dowdy charts the illustrious career of the Vignellis and, overleaf, examines just how hard it is for Europeans to crack today’s US market.

National Savings

Government agency National Savings is to undertake a wide-ranging review into the selling and marketing of its products, which include Premium Bonds. The results may include raising the profile of the products and selling them in retail outlets. If so, a graphic redesign of products and marketing materials may form part of the project. The […]

British Airways new identity is moving stuff

Lynda Relph-Knight’s appreciation of the new British Airways identity tends to show exactly why so many of us in business, where design and identity are vital, become impatient with design professionals. The British Airways world requires excellence in service across an international spectrum. The new “speedmarque” is a major step forward. It carries all the […]

Magnetic look for Shellys

Footwear chain Shellys is installing new interiors developed by Metropolis 88 at its Leeds store. The consultancy is also developing point-of-sale material. Shellys approaches store design on an individual basis. For the Leeds outlet Metropolis 88 has developed an all-metal interior using a magnetic shelving system to allow flexible merchandising. The store is scheduled to […]

Integrated branches possible for Lloyds TSB

The Lloyds TSB banking group is believed to be planning a new branch format, possibly involving the presence of both brands in the same site. The two institutions merged in 1995. The combined group is now understood to be seeking an interior design consultancy to work on a new format for its outlets. Wolff Olins […]

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