4 December 2003

Doreen Doreen

Imagine The Polyphonic Spree in technicolour fancy dress, fronted by a 1980s-fixated Mama Cass, and you have a picture of Doreen Doreen. Hats off to the band and singer Carol Whitworth (of Bristol-based Bi-Design) for rocking the world at last week’s DBA Design Effectiveness Awards.


On Friday 5 December from 2-3pm Ella Doran will discuss her work with ceramics manufacturer Portmeirion and from 3.30-4.30pm Rob Merrett will give an analysis for the fashion and interior industry spring/summer 2005. Both talks are part of the East London Design Show from 4-7 December and are free with admission to the show. Venue: […]

Admen take bright spark honours over designers

Did anyone else notice – or care – that the Financial Times Creative Business chart of the top 50 ‘bright sparks who turn ideas into cash’ did not include a single individual from the design industry? Number one was The Number, the ubiquitous campaign for directory enquiries brand 118 118, but amid accolades for the […]

CHNTO research aims to fill design skill gap

Training needs for designers across the UK are being audited, in a bid to gain Government funding to improve skill sets. An on-line survey of designers and design consultancies – www.strategia.co.uk/designskills – will provide a picture of training needs and insights into possible areas where design training could be targeted. The Bradford-based Cultural Heritage National […]

Close encounters with a Nessie-style monster

Close encounters with a Nessie-style monster, swarms of bug-like video game characters and memories of Friern Barnet Photographic Society all figure in graphic designers’ contributions to Day14, a curatorial and publishing venture created by Andy Maw and Bill Griffin. The pair asked the likes of Pete Fowler, Eboy (work shown left and right respectively), Neville […]


Until 3 January Heavy Metal Exhibition explores the work of British silversmiths whose jewellery makes bold statements through dramatic design. Venue: Bluecoat Display Centre, Bluecoat Chambers, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX. Gerhard Richter – Atlas from 6 December until 14 March, features the 5000 photographs, drawings and diagrams that the contemporary artist has compiled and […]

Wilko drop goal clears national boundaries

Quicker from a standing start than Billy Whizz (that’s England winger Jason Robinson to the uninitiated), the Paul Martin Design Company was swept along with the low swinging chariot vibe. The Petersfield group has created its own Rugby World Cup tribute – an oval-shaped Union Jack ‘to be flown for the next four years’. We […]

Lippincott Mercer recruits partners

Lippincott Mercer is looking to expand its European design operation with the appointment of senior creatives. Consultancy senior partner Rune Gustafson confirms he hopes to make two partner appointments at the beginning of next year as part of his plans to build a strong creative operation with a European remit.

Character building

The Smithsons are renowned for their Brutalist architecture, but a new exhibition reveals a quirkier side to their work, says Pamela Buxton


On Monday 8 December the Association of Illustrators presents a Contemporary Illustration Auction of works by leading illustrators, as well as future stars, as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations. The works can be seen from 3pm and the auction starts at 6.30pm. Contact: For further information call Rochelle Symons on 020 7739 8901. Venue: […]

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