Strong UK design force

Up to 30 000 people work in London’s design industry, according to a report for the London First Centre, while the UK as a whole houses 40 per cent of Europe’s design groups. The country’s design groups turned over 1000m in 1994, says the report, The London Design Initiative, compiled by Mary Rogers & Associates. […]

Park Consul books classy Oehler look

Pentagram partner Justus Oehler has created an identity for a new London hotel called the Park Consul, part of a small German chain. Oehler has designed all graphics for the Chelsea hotel, including guest room literature, menus and signs. “It’s very much an understated, classy and quite conservative package, to reflect the owner and the […]


The Partners describes it as a ‘dream brief where the only constraint was the size’. This hoarding covering Warner Bros’ New York flagship store is being redesigned by the Warner Bros in-house team with architect Ken Nisch at Jon Greenberg and Associates, Michigan. The Partners designed Bugs Bunny reading an edition of The Gotham Times. […]

Mighty mouths

Bad copy can undermine the best graphic design, so Fay Sweet offers tips on getting words that work

High five for Branding Iron

A new range of Scottish cheeses called Highlands and Islands has five separate identities designed by The Branding Iron, Tayburn McIlroy Coates’ specialist packaging arm. Arran, Drumleish, Highland, Mull of Kintyre and Isle of Bute each have a hand-drawn identity by calligrapher Stephen Raw, and an individual illustration. There was no pitch as The Branding […]

Market, paper prices and availability

The seismic shudders that have been rumbling through the paper industry for the past five years are showing signs of quelling. The quarterly round of pulp price rises has slowed, panic buying and stockpiling seem to have stopped and papermakers have a much greater air of calm about them. This is good news for designers […]

Are Business Links a mere flash in the pan?

I refer to Keith Dunton’s letter regarding Business Links and their future role in approving design consultancies (DW 17 May). Having been involved in the formulation and submission of grant applications for Business Links, I fail to see how they, above organisations such as the Design Business Association and the Chartered Society of Designers, consider […]


Twickenham consultancy Lippa Pearce resolutely rejected any hint of a black and white colour scheme while developing its identity for Respect, a free anti-racism festival being held in London’s Finsbury Park on 20 July. The design is currently bright orange and blue, and can be seen on a CD cover to be released on 24 […]

Virgin brides walk down the aisle

THE Virgin Group is sweeping down the UK aisle for the first time with a wedding store concept called Virgin Brides. Design Clinic is creating the branding and architectural practice Morey Smith is working on interiors and building design.

Indisposable heroes need greater reverence

The theme of the week must be heroes – a group to which Richard Williams’ latest subject Michael Wolff surely belongs (see Profile, page 16). It first came up at a Design Council-backed conference on Government purchasing, only to re-emerge a couple of days later at another session, this time focused on commercial clients and […]


Leif Skogstad, account director at corporate identity consultant Gyrographic Communications, suddenly fancied turning into Robin Williams in Goodbye Vietnam. ‘It started with a number of people suggesting that I looked like him, so I just put on the gear,’ says US born Leif, who admits that ‘there is a bit of a similarity’. No stranger […]

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