Bill of health

‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ runs the old epithet, but our approach to staying healthy and what that really means becomes ever more complex. A growing awareness of physical and mental well-being is often shrouded in ambiguity, but personal experience of illness often lays bare such philosophising. An encounter with lung cancer […]

Legal briefs are worth the effort

Design groups are missing a trick by not taking advantage of the business opportunities offered by the lifting of ad restrictions on legal firms, says David Carroll

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Profile: Luke Prowse

Type designer Luke Prowse took on the daunting task of condensing the Times font when the newspaper turned tabloid, a success that has brought a variety of work to Research Studios, says Simon Loxley

Design your way out of the corporate straitjacket

In response to Stephen Willard, all designers can start with a blank canvas – it’s designing within corporate guidelines where the real skill comes in. Many think guidelines are a straitjacket for designers, but I agree with Rick Osman (DW 24 May): our challenge comes in bringing the brand to life within the client’s existing […]

Dr Rock hosts a jukebox that is just for designers

Further to Jim Davies’s interesting article on design on radio, readers may be interested to know that a local BBC radio show in north Yorkshire has for many years featured design luminaries talking extensively about their work. Presented by Charles White, biographer of Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, the show, unusually for the medium, […]

Is it time for a tax on wasteful packaging?

After reading your article on corporate responsibility, I was duly greeted by headlines announcing the potential introduction of penalties or rewards for the poor or successful management of household waste. This made me cringe – knowing how much we generate for our customers. As I continued to pick this story up through other media, it […]


The Design Week Top 100 survey revealed a bullish year for design, with consultancies reporting turnover up 9 per cent. But, why are design groups still failing to manage their growth efficiently, with staff costs rising ahead of fee-income yet again? Price pressure and scarcity of good staff have an impact. But well-run businesses generate […]

The Apprentice is a setback for design

I am writing with regard to Jack Stark’s letter. I could not agree more with his comments on the misunderstanding of designers’ job roles in the BBC2 show The Apprentice. Recently I watched the episode where two teams were asked to create a trainer brand. The methods used to generate the concept were an embarrassment […]


Trial and admin error

Infuriating bureaucracy puts Adrian Shaughnessy off lecturing. Can’t the universities streamline the booking process for the sake of their students?

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News in Pictures

Kristen Messina, set designer for the Ocean’s 13 film, has selected a range of Swarovski Crystal Palace chandeliers to feature in the film’s sets.

SHH serves up contemporary styling for Vallorini restaurant

Italian restaurant Vallorini is to make its debut at the Brent Cross shopping centre in north London this week, with interiors, identity and branding by Spence Harris Hogan Associates.The 100m2 space will be located on the third floor of the centre in a dedicated food court section.The client briefed SHH to take its lead for […]

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