30 March 2006


Riding a motorcycle is perhaps one of the most thrilling and emotionally charged experiences I know. The activity itself is utterly absorbing and denies any other dominant thoughts entering your head.No matter where you are, what city or country, your journey affords you multiple tantilising glimpses of colours, shapes, smells and sounds. Together they build […]

Arts Council to cut staff

The Arts Council, chaired by Sir Christopher Frayling, is set to slash staff numbers at its London headquarters tomorrow, as it completes its restructuring towards a predominantly regionally led organisation.According to a source close to the project, the cuts are likely to see staff numbers cut by 90 per cent, from 260 to fewer than […]


Image library Corbis is looking at adding illustrators to its books. What impact do you think this would have on illustration? Excellent! Another avenue opened towards the triumph of generic mediocrity over bespoke ingenuity. As an illustrator, it just gets better and better. Andy Martin, Illustrator (pictured) If this means more money for illustrators, then […]

Big in Milan

Milan Furniture Fair This year’s Milan Furniture Fair will have a new home in the dramatic Rho-Pero complex, designed by Massimiliano Fuksas, just outside town. But, in its 45th incarnation, it is still likely to be the most influential design event of th

147-metre residential tower given go ahead

A dramatic 147-metre tall residential tower for London’s Elephant & Castle has been given the go-ahead by Southwark Council. Designed by architect Hamilton Associates for a joint venture between property developers Multiplex and Espalier, the 42-storey bu

Twelve Stars fabricates look for Odabash Macdonald label

Twelve Stars has designed an identity for nascent fashion brand Odabash Macdonald, a collaboration between fashion designer Julien Macdonald and swimwear specialist Melissa Odabash.The consultancy was appointed following a three-way pitch between undisclosed competitors earlier this year. Its work includes a print campaign, retail applications and a website, www.odabashmacdonald.com.According to Twelve Stars chief executive Nicolas […]

Code of aesthetics

Advances in technology have led to a new generation of Internet artists, who believe that by subverting the medium they can counter the impact of progress on our individual behaviour and understanding of the world, says Adrian Shaughnessy.

Design groups warned against using dedicated account teams to avoid TUPE legislation

Design groups are being warned against employing account teams dedicated to one client, to ensure they avoid the risks inherent in employment legislation that comes into force on 6 April.The legislation – Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 – is designed to protect employees when contracts change hands. Under its terms, design groups […]

The Public cultural venue still on track

Designers working on the much-hyped West Midlands cultural venue, The Public, are hoping to claw back outstanding payments and complete work on the project, despite the venue sinking into administration earlier on this month.The organisation put itself into administration after its costs rose to £54m, some £14m over budget, but it is understood that key […]

Smarten up

The danger of relying on brand strength can be dead-in-the-water design – just look at Swatch and Smart cars, says Margaret Oscar.

Mark Denton Design completes rebrand of Empics

Mark Denton Design has completed a five-figure rebrand of PA Group-owned photo management and marketing company Empics. The visual identity uses a range of stock pictures – including celebrities, sports personalities and news images – all presented in the four print-process colours of cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The rebrand follows the incorporation of All […]

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