6 February 1997

Saatchi & Saatchi opts for efficiency

Saatchi & Saatchi Design has created the marque for a new campaign promoting energy efficiency in the home. – The client is the independent, Government-funded Energy Savings Trust and the campaign is called Energy Efficiency.


Pop down to the Royal Academy of Arts to see the exhibition of 21 paintings by colourist abstract artist Gillian Ayres. The display focuses on her career from 1959 to 1996. Also on show is an exhibition of work by the British Brutalist architect Denys Lasdun. This retrospective reviews his major projects including the National […]

Frigging in the rigging could take a new turn

Here is a suggestion for a use for the defunct Brent Spa oil rig (Diary, DW 24 January) that would end two separate controversies at once. Simply commission it as the new Royal Yacht Britannia. Nanette Newton Walton-on-Thames Surrey KT12 2PP


Time to think about your entry for the XII International Poster Biennial competition in Finland. One of the categories consists of cultural, social and commercial posters; the other covers environmental theme posters including natural and built environments. All posters have to have been printed after 1 September 1995. Deadline for entries is 21 March. Details/application […]

BGA switches on Solo brand

Basten Greenhill Andrews has researched and designed Solo, a new secure debit card payment brand for Switch Card Services. BGA marketing director Tim Greenhill says Switch, owned by a number of banks, has been a single product organisation. As only random checks are carried out on Switch trans-actions, Switch Card Services wanted another brand for […]


Tucker Clarke-Williams creative director Phil Skegg, seen here posing for Emap Radio’s direct mail campaign, cuts a fine figure. But T C-W insiders attribute credit for Skegg’s physique in the campaign, which features the strapline Get a Piece of the Action, to T C-W studio manager Mark Price. A dab hand with Photoshop, Price seemingly […]

Pride and Prejudice

It’s time deluded designers who think Britain is best woke up to what’s really happening in Europe. Jeremy Myerson dispels the British bulldog myth

McKean eye for detail

Dave McKean, whose work is on show in Wolverhampton, divested action heroes of their tights and took comics into dark depths, says John Cranmer

Director too hard up to pay for a 2 blow job?

Can it be true? We hear of a director at a certain west London packaging consultancy whose staff are routinely propositioned in the surrounding streets by fallen women pitching for “freelance assignments”. The odd bit of trade. A quick one. You know what we mean. Anyway, this director thought it would be a laugh to […]

Pop centre to appoint two teams

The National Centre for Popular Music in Sheffield is planning to appoint graphic designers by the beginning of June to create its identity. A number of designers have already submitted speculative work, which is under consideration. Sharon McKoy, marketing director of the centre, says that her initial plan is to appoint at least two consultancies […]

WH Smith introduces facia after trial period

High street retailer WH Smith is to introduce a new facia to its stores, following extended but low profile trials. Created in-house, with input from CDT and Davies Baron, the facia introduces a new colour palette and typeface. February will see the new facia installed at stores in Poole and Slough, marking the first time […]

We’re on the right path, so let’s not blow it

The Design Council appears to have finally made a breakthrough in persuading the public sector to pay more than lip service to design. If, through its latest initiative (see News, page 4), it can hammer home the benefits of good design to Government and other public agencies, we should end up with a Civil Service […]

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