30 August 2007

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Brief encounter

Commercial posters risk stating the obvious, so writers’ association 26 turned this rationale on its head, charging teams to tell local tales in the shortest of slogans. It was a rare challenge, says Jim Davies – although Quentin Newark finds the results


On the fly

Heathrow Airport already deals with more passengers than it was ever designed for – so how will the signage system cope when capacity is increased further? Scott Billings finds out how BAA plans to accommodate extra passengers and increasingly oppressive

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Stuck in the past

Strong national identities and an overbearing respect for their heritage is stifling the creativity of emerging northern European designers. Trish Lorenz talks to leading figures concerned about the future of Scandinavian design

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Tate Liverpool relaunches in time for Capital of Culture

Tate Liverpool is preparing to relaunch its permanent collection under a new name and brand, with the help of graphics consultancy Glorious Creative and London marketing agencies Fallon and Clear.The gallery is in the middle of preparations for a major collection rehang, ahead of the city’s 2008 presidency as the European Capital of Culture.A spokesman […]

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Nomad overhauls Hub at Glasgow Uni

The University of Glasgow is embarking on a major £10m redevelopment of its focal point The Hub, which aims to inject life back into this currently disused 1960s building.To work alongside the architect Page Park, Glasgow-based Nomad has been appointed, without a pitch, to carry out full interior and graphic design, navigation and exterior audio-visual […]

Kinnersley Kent gives House of Fraser image revamp

House of Fraser is planning to roll out a revamp of all its stores by design consultancy Kinnersley Kent over a five-year period in a bid to evolve the 70-year-old brand’s retail image.First to be unveiled will be the department chain’s London Oxford Street flagship store, currently being made over by the design group.The new […]

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Nesta calls for business – design links

Nesta chief executive Jonathan Kestenbaum (pictured) is calling for a concerted effort to better align academia with industry.Writing in this week’s Business Insight column of Design Week, Kestenbaum seeks to dispel the myth that ‘creative types’ lack business acumen and asserts that this needn’t be the case if steps are taken by higher education institutions […]

Design Hub lends a hand to new businesses in the Midlands

Coventry University’s Design Hub, which launched last week, has already signed up 34 corporate companies looking for help with their product design.The dedicated space will be used for meetings, hot-desking and presentations by design consultancies and product developers based in the Midlands, who will also be able to get design assistance, product development and intellectual […]

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Review: Fonts on film

I was nervous sitting down to watch this, the first ever graphic design movie. Will we designers come across as well as doctors, caring and considerate, or as crazy and inarticulate as American Survivalists? The film begins in New York, lots of shots of Helvetica adorning the street: on subway signs, posters, vans, logos. We […]

Creative types can do business

Design students should adopt an entrepreneurial spirit from the start and make the most of opportunities at university, says Jonathan Kestenbaum

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Film-maker Adam Smith is renowned for punchy pop promos, live concert visuals and fly-on-the-wall documentaries. Yolanda Zappaterra talks to him as he embarks on a feature film project which exploits all of his diverse talents

E-tendering is so tedious it excludes smaller groups

Is anyone else gobsmacked by the ridiculous systems and the illiterate, over-complicated, irrelevant, bureaucratic e-tendering systems produced by Government and councils? Do public institutions really think they are going to get the best creative work from consultancies that have the time or the mentality to fill in these forms? Large groups may employ people to […]

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