5 October 1995

We could have won – if only we had known

We were interested to read that Pentagram had been involved in a four-way credentials pitch for the redesign of the Bank of China’s literature (DW 22 September). If only the bank had thought to inform us that we were on the shortlist, we would have made the credentials pitch and, who knows, we may have […]

Saving the rhino through design

Architect and interior designer David Walker grew up on the south island of New Zealand, in peaceful harmony with nature and wildlife. His business partner, Stuart Martin, grew up in South London, in uneasy harmony with pollution and street-life. “We’re quite a Jekyll and Hyde,” admits Walker. But they’re single-minded about their new London practice, […]

Second Office for Forth Group

Edinburgh consultancy Forth Product Design is expanding to Glasgow, with help from the Glasgow Development Agency. – The GDA has supported the move with a loan, and a Regional Selective Assistance grant from the Scottish Office has also helped fund the ne


Will Carter and Gutenberg’s Legacy – Wednesday 18 October – This retrospective lecture starts with a look at the legacy of the inventor of printing.

Design Schools support a basic standards plan

Design colleges have welcomed proposals from the Higher Education Quality Council that suggest basic common standards for university degrees. The HEQC’s interim report recommends that all students should reach national standards in literacy, numeracy and general knowledge in order to graduate. “They may also need some core of knowledge relevant to the subject area,” says […]

Locked into the Tower of babble

Members of the design community found themselves incarcerated in the Tower of London last week as multimedia mogul Malcolm Garrett and the Cyberia Café babes whisked them through the Net.

Hoover cleans up in Scottish awards

Hoover’s Alpina High Filtration Vacuum Cleaner was overall winner in the 1995 Scottish Design Awards last week. – It was designed in-house and described as “truly world class” by jury chair Frank Binnie, chief executive of Scottish Design.

CDP cooks up Blanc and Conran Shop

Raymond Blanc has commissioned Sir Terence Conran’s consultancy CD Partnership to design his new restaurant in Oxford. – The 279m2 Blanc restaurant, called Le Petit Blanc, will seat 150 people and is due to open in spring 1996.


My Word – Exhibition by the Paul Martin design company challenging individual designers to illustrate a chosen word. Until 13 October.

BEMA awards shortlist three

Simplicity and clarity of design were major factors in choosing the shortlist for the Design Week Graphic Design Award in this year’s British Environment & Media Awards.

US manufacturers can teach a few lessons

“A new survey by Business Week and the Industrial Designers Society of America of 53 design departments in America’s largest companies reveals that decentralisation is in, budgets are up, staffing is down, hi-tech spending is up, and time to market is down. Hard-won respect. The survey, which asks corporate design managers to compare their business […]

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