The BBC’s international entertainment channel BBC Prime has signed up an unusual host for its regular Comedy Night slot on Sundays: William Shakespeare, or rather a virtual reality Willy. Created by Digital Animations Group, the virtual bard is desperate for the spotlight and will do almost anything for a laugh – apparently. Devotees of the (real) bard may argue that he foresaw his virtual incarnation given the words of Macbeth: ‘Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.’
The design studio has renamed the funeral comparison service Beyond, giving it a new identity centred around a three-dimensional, cartoon man, which looks to counter the “sunsets, flowers and doves”
A new, independent magazine celebrating classic graphic symbols has launched, based on a popular Instagram account created by a London-based designer.
The charity has published its second Design Economy report, which looks at the value of the industry and who makes it up. While design contributes £85bn to the economy, there
D&AD’s annual student and graduate awards sees 194 recipients of its coveted pencil prizes this year, with a campaign for the housing crisis taking the top spot.