4 January 1996

Take Off set to fly with Giant

Giant has created the design work for British Council initiative Take Off – the first exhibition designed to promote the UK aerospace industry. Giant spent six months project-managing Take Off and was responsible for exhibition design, brochures and leaflets for the event, which is being launched in China on 30 January. The consultancy sourced more […]

Car giants spotlight designers

United Utilities, the UK’s first multi-utility formed out of the acquisition of Norweb by North West Water, has unveiled an identity created by Wolff Olins. The logo, launched on 1 January, is being applied to the group headquarters, signage, stationery and a limited amount of literature. The consultancy is now working through the endorsement of […]

Welcoming in 1996 on the right footing

We haven’t yet had chance to find out how many of you fared over Christmas – or how you’ve resolved to take on 1996. But in time-honoured tradition, we venture a handful of new year’s pledges we hope design’s leading players might have made. First, the industry’s “official” god, the low-profile design minister Ian Taylor. […]

Business Links could fall over shaky foundations

On the face of it, Michael Heseltine’s scheme for a national network of one-stop business advice shops was a great idea, so why is it the subject of a House of Commons debate next week after some heavy criticism? Bhavna Mistry investigates

New site for Wagamama

Japanese noodle bar Wagamama has opened a second site in London’s Soho. Interiors are by David Chipperfield Architects. The Soho restaurant, which opened on Tuesday, is on two levels and seats 172 people.

John Grey heads north

John Grey is leaving Halpin Grey Vermeir to live in Scotland. Formerly the consultancy’s design management director, Grey was unavailable to comment on his plans. ‘There is no acrimony’ in the move, says co-founder Pierre Vermeir. Meanwhile, Jim Sutherland, who joined the group in 1994 from The Partners, has been promoted to creative director.

Design Council plans for 1996

Design Council chairman John Sorrell says the council’s 1996 programme will help UK industry to compete both at home and abroad. The 1996 programme includes the formation of a partnership with the Royal Society of Arts and the British Council to promote UK companies overseas, says a council spokeswoman. Titled Excellence By Design, the partnership […]


‘I want to see more ideas. 1995 didn’t produce any stunning new-wave ones. There was far too much blandness accepted’ Andrew Hunter of Tayburn McIlroy Coates ‘Single representation to Government for design’ Nick Jenkins, president of the Chartered Society of Designers ‘A bloody big budget for a really sexy job’ Jonathan Sands, chairman of the […]

TV proves itself as the most effective medium

I am writing about the recent Equinox TV programme on the work of Seymour Powell. It was a great programme – very enjoyable, and not only brilliant PR for Seymour Powell, but indirectly a great shot in the arm for product designers in general. In 50 minutes, the programme has quite possibly led to a […]

Welcome to the new Fether Christmas

Do you practice your ho ho ho’s in the bathroom mirror and wear a jolly red outfit and beard at all times? Are you, in fact, a professional Santa? Forget it then, for Ben Fether, co-founder of the FM Group, can dash through snow in a one-horse open sleigh better than anyone. Fether beat would-be […]

DTI lobbied over US trip

Government export promoter Alex Pratt is lobbying the Department of Trade and Industry to open up more places for designers at a US technology conference in March. “I’m trying hard to get as many places as possible for designers. It’s an excellent matchmaking opportunity,” explains Pratt. There are currently five places open to design groups […]

Siebert Head lays off juniors

Siebert Head has laid off two junior designers as part of plans to return to its ‘core business’, according to consultancy managing director John Parsons. The group has ‘invested heavily in developing its 3D structural arm’ and is moving toward ‘a more balanced mix of 3D and graphics’, says Parsons.

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