30 March 2000

Synergy opposition party is fishing for votes

Fishy goings-on at London group Synergy: staff are upset that their regular Friday lunch get togethers feature an inadequate supply of water-reared foodstuffs. No clear reason has been established for either the sudden demands of the protesters – which are thought to be related to ancient Christian custom – or the general absence of fish. […]

Design driven

According to a new title, architecture and automobile design have been having a relationship for some time. Matthew Valentine catches the gossip.


Wire Design has created a website for what its organisers claim is the largest public arts project ever created. Called A13 artscape and based around the London to Southend arterial road of the same name, www.a13artscape.org.uk launches a linked series of open spaces with works by local and international designers and artists.


Shoe retailer Dolcis is launching an in-store visual communications campaign, art directed by incumbent consultancy JHP. It is themed on a ‘perfect day in the life of the perfect customer’ and has been shot on location in South Africa.

D&P scores with Magpies gifts

Premiership football club Newcastle United has launched a set of gift vouchers as part of a drive to take advantage of the lucrative football gift market. Designed by London group Dalziel and Pow to appeal to a wide range of age groups, the range features black and white images of past and present “Magpies” players, […]

Heinz Salad Cream relaunches

The controversial relaunch of Heinz Salad Cream – which has involved nearly doubling the price of a brand threatened with being scrapped six months ago – uses a new look developed by Jones Knowles Ritchie. The design aims to build on the ‘iconic’ appeal of the long-running brand, established in 1914. Bright new labelling and […]

Nigel Coates

Is it an architect? Is it a designer? No, it’s SuperNige, aka Nigel Coates, risk-taker, body-builder, hedonist, scourge of the architectural establishment and doyen of the multidisciplinary approach to design. Now, rather surprisingly, we can add shop-keeper to his growing list of accomplishments, since Branson Coates (the company he set up with Doug Branson in […]


Nature’s Treasurehouses? from 4-7 April, is an international conference tackling global environmental and museum issues. The event is based around six key sessions, which include Will it be real? on 5 April from 2pm. This session asks if the emergence of electronic imaging via integrated network systems is a threat to traditional physical museum collections. […]


Storehouse is to rename itself Mothercare later this year, following the sale of British Home Stores to entrepreneur Philip Green for £200m. The group was created by Terence Conran in 1986 as the collective name for the Habitat, Mothercare and BHS businesses.

NMEC puts Hodges Dome story straight

The article Hodges takes on Dome problems is misleading (DW l0 March). Hodges Associates is one of a number of groups subcontracted by In-house Communications, appointed by the NMEC to manage a programme of enhancements to all zones. Hodges Associates has not been directly appointed by NMEC and has no contact with either NMEC or […]

Let’s talk about sex

Ann Summers’ bid to buy Knickerbox has injected some interest in the lingerie market. But it will have to clean up its image to take on the market leaders head to head.

The Next Level

It’s not just consoles, but digital TV and mobile phones that are presenting games designers with ever greater challenges. We have the technology…

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