4 September 2008

Welcome to a brand new day

The digital age has influenced how brands communicate. Nick Law and Marc Shillum discover that the rules of engagement have changed

New nationalism

There was a time when retail designers used predictable historic cues to evoke a sense of national identity. Things have moved on from bowler hats and red London buses, says John Stones, who finds current trends on a more contemporary tack


Schooled in the hothouse world of 1980s pop videos, Michael Carlin has become a respected designer on high-profile, low-budget British feature films. He talks to Nick Smurthwaite about visual story telling

Lego minifigures – a higher honour than Oscars and Baftas

It was great to see Lego minifigures – a true design classic – get some recognition in your pages (Toys feature, DW 21 August). However, the claim that Harrison Ford is the only actor to have been Lego-ised twice is wrong. That honour also falls to our very own Alfred Molina, who has been immortalised […]

Creativity should come first, because digital is only a tool

Guy Lane’s article ‘Negotiating the digital maze’ on the digital revolution (Business Insight, DW 14 August) raised some interesting points about how we use digital technologies. While the digital revolution and the Internet have provided us with more opportunities for client services, what Lane doesn’t mention are the challenges consultancies face when it comes to […]

From Bristol to London, cities need to declutter

I completely agree with your piece (Comment, DW 21 August) that UK cities (and towns) need to improve the quality of their pedestrian environments, wayfinding/ signage and public transport systems. A trip to the continent a short while ago reminded me of how much better other countries are at doing this than we are. And […]

There’s a place for religious debate, but not in Design Week

It’s not often I read a piece in Design Week and come away feeling both bewildered and disappointed. Yet with Hugh Pearman’s ‘witty’ piece ‘Genesis of an idea’ (Private View, DW 14 August), I did exactly that. I’d appreciate a genuine exploration of the links between ‘religion’ and ‘design’ (though admittedly I wouldn’t expect to […]


Hands-free technology and Bluetooth brand Jabra this week launches a new look for its global product packaging, designed by Brandhouse.

Cancer Research UK

Lloyd Northover’s 2006-7 Cancer Research UK annual report has been awarded the Best Charity Annual Report Award by donor advice website Intelligent Giving.

Magpie Design

Magpie Design has created an identity for London’s Print Lounge, a print reference library based in Shoreditch, London E1, at printer Gavin Martin Associates.

My Cup of Tea

The creative team of Ed Shore and Tristan Marshall at advertising agency Tequila devised the hand-lettered word marque, type, colours and layout for the My Cup of Tea brand identity (DW 14 August). Designer Richard Ardagh, working under Shore’s direction, was brought in to work on the graphic form of the elephant icon.

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