30 January 1997

HSAG associates with local government

HSAG has designed the corporate identity for the Local Government Association, the new national umbrella group for local authorities which launches on 1 April. The magenta identity, designed by HSAG design director Tom Poslett, centres on “star people” formed into a shape representing England and Wales. The house typeface is Frutiger. The LGA – being […]

War museum planning new northern exposure

The Imperial War Museum is searching for designers and architects to masterplan a proposed branch in the north of England. “We will be looking for architects and designers who can work collaboratively and draw in other relevant specialists,” says the museum’s assistant director of planning Geoffrey Marsh. The two potential sites are Birkenhead and Trafford, […]


Railtrack this week launched a new corporate brochure, video and website. Pauffley PRL designed the brochure and an exhibition held at London’s Imagination Gallery for the launch. The brochure features photography of Railtrack’s assets – its tracks, staff, bridges and viaducts – shot in colour and black and white by Chris Ridley and Noorie Parvez […]

Marques for Romania

Three Romanian designers have been shortlisted to create an identity for the newly formed Romanian Design Foundation. – Design Council chairman John Sorrell went to Bucharest and helped select designers Dinu Dumbraviceanu and Sorin Turkulet, and consultan

NAD toy range wows Olympia

London’s Nad Group, the parent company of specialist toy design consultancy NAD Associates, has launched Wow, its own design-led toy brand aimed at under-fives. Managing director Nadim Ednan-Laperouse says that the company creates “classic products with a twist, stuff you could never get big companies to make”. He adds: “We’re only interested in innovative products.” […]

Rising by degrees

Graduating from an arts course in 1989 led to the dole for most students, but some bypassed the DSS, as Liz Farrelly discovers


Creativity can be hard to define. Furniture designer Tom Dixon says his inflatable Jack (pictured) is ‘a sort of sitting stacking kind of thing… oh, and it’s a coffee table base’. Why be pigeon-holed?

Extracting the bare facts at Selfridges

Big buildings can cause design headaches. For fire safety reasons, the giant atrium which will be introduced in department store Selfridges as part of its masterplan refurbishment will have to be topped with a huge extractor fan. While creative designers can make the fan blend in and appear part of the original design, they cannot […]

Richard Kirke dies

Richard Kirke, a director of BCG Communications, has died at the age of 32. – Kirke had been fighting leukaemia for some months and had gone through a bone marrow transplant.

US group plans ‘fierce’ growth

New York design consultancy Diefenbach Elkins is looking to “fiercely” expand into London and Asia following its acquisition by The Interpublic Group of Companies, owner of advertising agency McCann-Erickson. IPG is paying an undisclosed sum for the corporate brand consultancy, which has an estimated annual revenue of 9.37m. Diefenbach Elkins chairman and chief executive officer […]


The Stamp Innovation category of the Royal Mail’s first Rowland Hill Awards, intended to promote stamp collecting, has been won by photographer Nick Knight for his work on the Olympic stamps. Runners-up were Tutssels and Silk Pearce. International law firm Richards Butler has introduced a new corporate identity, created by Hoskins Associates. Roger Felton Associates […]

Caulder Moore’s Guess? work

American denim retailer Guess? is set to retain designer Caulder Moore to work on its second UK flagship store, in London’s Bond Street. The retailer is to open its first UK store in Brompton Road next week, featuring store design by Caulder Moore, and has acquired further premises on Bond Street. No official decision to […]

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