Being quick on the draw

If drug laws are relaxed, cannabis cafés could start appearing across the UK. Hannah Booth takes a deep breath and looks at the retail design implications


Thought Communicating will launch a Brand Survival Kit for Powergen on 15 April, designed to help people create consistent communications for the company. The pack follows Thought Communicating’s creation of Powergen’s retail brand guidelines in March.

Vox pop

The three-year-old Design Yorkshire initiative is entering a new, possibly productive phase. What do you think is the most successful way for initiatives such as this to put cities, regions or counties on the map? ‘Inspire the local community. The best advocates for any region are the people themselves. Their enthusiasm and pride will shine […]

A book featuring 30 bridges will be available from 1 April

A book featuring 30 bridges has been designed by Brighten the Corners. The book, by Matthew Wells, examines recent architectural and engineering trends in bridge construction and includes an introduction by architectural critic and Design Week columnist Hugh Pearman. Many of the bridges featured were built over the past ten years and have been chosen […]

Sorrell calls for London festival

John Sorrell, co-founder of The Sorrell Foundation, has called for a London design festival to celebrate the capital’s prowess as a creative city. ‘A major international design festival would be an inspiration to ourselves, a boost to our overseas image and a major business opportunity,’ he says. Sorrell sees the festival as a collaborative venture […]


Usability researcher Jared Spool gives a talk hosted by the British Human Computer Interaction Group and the UK Usability Professionals Association on 8 April at 7pm. Contact: talks/spool to book tickets. Venue: Kennedy Lecture Theatre, Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1. The next Sign Design Society talk, Showing the Way, takes […]

Landor recasts Madame Tussauds exterior signage

Madame Tussauds has this week appointed Landor Associates to redesign its exterior signage and windows. The consultancy will revamp the attraction’s signage and wayfinding system to make it more functional and develop a greater sense of ‘theatre’ for visitors. The exterior windows will be revamped in terms of what they have on show to increase […]

Students confused into submitting design work

It has been brought to our attention that some confusion may have arisen surrounding the Student Design Awards ‘call for entries’ in the Week Ahead section of Design Week (DW 21 March). SDA 2002? Royal Society of Arts SDA? or One and the same? Seemingly not. Apparently, and this is the funny bit, […]


McNeece will this week launch a new identify for design recruitment agency Starfish. The new identity will be applied to advertising, stationery, digital media and on-line.

Bates invests in Dixonbaxi rebrand

Dixonbaxi has been appointed to rebrand independent financial advisor Bates Investment Services. The consultancy, formed by former Attik creative directors Simon Dixon and Aporva Baxi in November last year (DW 22 November 2001), will command a £100 000 fee for the work. The project involves the creation of new identities for Bates and its sub-brand […]

NB Studio styles Boots’ new haircare ranges

Boots the Chemists will launch a haircare range, Stuff, and a vitamin shampoo, ProVitamin, on 15 April in an attempt to take on market leaders in both sectors. The combined project represents a five-figure investment in design by Boots. Packaging for both ranges has been designed by NB Studio. Stuff is targeting a younger audience […]

Company naming debacle is turning into Euro trash

The worst company name is Aviva, the new name for CNGU. It sounds like it should be selling women’s sanitary products. Increasingly, companies are discarding their old names and think that by choosing a ‘Euro-sounding’ name, this will breathe life into their brand and win new custom. The process smacks of desperation, and if anything […]

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