4 October 2007

Miles of aisles

Its biggest rival is rebranding, and sales of its core products are in steady decline. Can a new store format revive the fortunes of HMV? Clare Dowdy
braves a Black Country shopping centre to find out

We’re all Innocent

Suddenly, a whole range of UK food brands are using a faux-naif, child-like style to market their products. But is the Innocent approach already worn thin by all those
jumping on the bandwagon? David Benady investigates

Digital fusion

When East and West – and art and technology – meet in the new media arena, anything can happen. Yolanda Zappaterra previews some intriguing work that’ll be on show at the grandly conceived Shanghai eArts Festival next week

Gadgetshop rebrands but delays relaunch

Gadgetshop this week unveils new branding and packaging while searching for a pitch for an interiors group to implement Arthur Steen Horne Adamson’s blueprints for its retail estate. The retailer has put back its high street relaunch for up to 18 months in order to conduct the interiors pitch. ‘We have put retail plans on […]

Fuse8 win signals further work on tap at Middlesbrough docks

Further design opportunities look likely at the £500m Will Alsop-designed development of Middlesbrough docks, which will see the derelict area transformed into a vibrant community. Leeds-based consultancy Fuse8 has been appointed to handle the branding of the development, and further appointments could emerge as the Middlehaven Docks area between the town’s Riverside Stadium and the […]

RPW kicks off second phase of Scottish hotel interiors task

Luxury Scottish hotel Fairmont St Andrews is set to undergo the second phase of a £15m refurbishment, to be completed next year. The next stage of work on the five-star hotel, part of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, which coowns The Savoy in London, has yet to be finalised. But it is expected to include an […]

Ranch Design develops ‘warm look’ for Metro photography lab

Struggling photographic laboratory Metro has engaged the services of Ranch Design to boost its chances of survival in the photography market. Because of the rise of digital photography, Metro has been forced to cut its staff from 300 to 120 over the past three years, and to concentrate on high-end photographic services. Ranch will rebrand […]

CDG did well to resist pressure from ‘PC brigade’

Michael Wolff (Letters, DW 4 October) roundly criticised Conran Design Group for ‘permitting’ the Alzheimer’s Society to have the strapline ‘Leading the fight against dementia’ as part of its logo. I take the contrary position and salute the consultancy for reclaiming the word ‘dementia’ and not bowing to PC brigade pressure to create some meaningless […]

Sex education

Tracing the representation of sex from antiquity to the present, the Barbican’s forthcoming art blockbuster, Seduced, suggests parallels between erotic and aesthetic pleasure, and so questions the distinction between pornography and art. By juxtaposing the works of Francis Bacon, Robert Mapplethorpe and Jeff Koons with the libertine fantasies of their forbears, the curators invite us […]

Keep your deal in safe hands

Jeremy Sice reveals what he learned sealing the SAS deal with Publicis last month As someone who has never been through an acquisition before I must admit that at times it felt like a surreal, out-of-body experience. The volume of technical information can be completely disorientating and it’s easy to glaze over when you are […]


After a stint as curator at the Design Museum, Libby Sellers has taken the plunge and opened her own gallery space – albeit a temporary one. She tells Trish Lorenz about her penchant for emerging designers

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