5 December 1996

Assembly lines

In the last of this year’s client surveys, Jane Lewis assesses how product designers are faring and discovers they need to market themselves better to increasingly demanding clients.

I’ve arrived

How does a 29-year-old Englishman land what must surely be one of the best design jobs in the world – head of Apple’s design studio? Emma O’Kelly finds out from Jonathan Ive


‘I’m essentially a technophobe’ Jonathan Ive, director of design at Apple in California

Hotel sites to be developed

Burford Holdings’ hotel subsidiary has shortlisted three interiors consultancies to develop four newly acquired central London sites for hotels. Burford Covent Garden has bought buildings in Berners Street, Trafalgar Square, St Martin’s Lane and Upper St Martin’s Lane. The buildings may be pulled down, says Michael Pemberton, who is jointly leading the project. RPW has […]

HSAG’s 20 000 win

HSAG has won a paid pitch against The Team and Pylon for the 20 000 design of the identity for the Local Government Association, which will represent 500 local authorities from April 1997.

Gas supplier lines up logo

Dewe Rogerson Corporate Design has produced a new corporate identity for industrial gas supplier Messer. The company, whose headquarters is in Germany, is majority-owned by Hoechst, one of the world’s largest chemicals groups. “The new identity will be a banner for all its companies across many countries,” says project director Stuart Miller. “Research showed strong […]

The Partners on loan

The Partners has beaten Lewis Moberly in a strategic pitch to create a brand identity for Barclays Bank direct loans subsidiary Mercantile Credit. The group has also created a logo for a café in Warner Bros’ New York store – the first of a planned worldwide chain.

Fitch books into Germany

German media group Bertelsmann has opened its first retail outlet for the public, marking a departure from the 300 members-only stores it has traditionally run alongside its mail-order book clubs. Design is by Fitch. The company plans to use the outlet, named Boulevard, to give its brand greater exposure and attract new customers. The 300m2 […]

Samsung set to expand roster

Korean electronics group Samsung is looking to broaden its “core” of European product design consultancies with a new appointment expected next year. Samsung European design manager Clive Grinyer reveals in our product design survey that he is keen to update the team of regular consultancies to “broaden the vision and bring in new names”. He […]

WTS and Fitch cement a deal

A deal has finally been struck between Wickens Tutt Southgate and Rodney Fitch, ending months of speculation about the future of the London brand design group. Retail specialist Rodney Fitch & Company has taken a majority stake in WTS and Rodney Fitch joins its board. Fitch’s own consultancy has 50 per cent backing from Richard […]

A type of hypocrisy in FontWorks’ agenda?

It is good to see that FontWorks et al are beginning to address the problems of typeface pirates (DW 29 November). Perhaps while they are about it, they would also explain why they (and others) are distributing a typeface called Meta, which is a very thinly disguised version of Sedley Place’s PT typeface registered by […]

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