Sparky females shine a light

The sixth form at Coombe School in Surrey has four students of design technology. All four are female and they all want to be industrial designers. The gals were turned on by a pseudo-brief to design lamps for luminaries from London consultancy Webb Scarlett, which was approached by sixth-form teacher Thomas Haycocks. “I thought that […]

Shooting stars

In this summer of televisual drought the only possible reason millions of people can have for watching the box is to get a glimpse of those wonderful three-dimensional 2s ploughing up timber floors, zooming around on motor bike undercarriages, peeling apart, turning into slinkys, doing a whole bunch of extraordinary, unpredictable things. They are the […]

Stress in workplace hits epidemic levels

NEWS – Stress in the workplace is reaching epidemic levels, according to three separate surveys released last week. – Reports by the Institute of Personnel and Development, Office World office suppliers and the white collar union MSF blame stress on incre

York museum seeks designers

One of the UK’s top 20 museums will be hunting for exhibition designers after receiving a windfall of 1.3m from the local council. The Castle Museum in York will also apply for lottery cash to “completely re-invigorate” the museum, according to director Stephen Seber. “We’ll need exhibition designers and architects and may consider a new […]

No Title

‘We feel that the only way for design and designers to progress in this rapidly changing world of graphic design is to discuss and debate design issues.’ So say Ricky Sampson and Scott Denton-Cardew in the first issue of a new magazine, Shift, which they designed and edited. Both graduate from Ravensbourne College of Design […]

Portland seeks new manager

Portland Design Associates is looking for a new managing director as Barry Finnegan is giving up the role to be a solo leisure consultant. Finnegan has been at Portland since its 1987 formation and says: “I am very proud of what we have achieved.” Portland, which is owned by City Industrial Limited and based at […]

UK industry managers told to rethink design

Management in UK manufacturing industry must rethink how it uses design, a seminar of engineers and industrial designers heard last week. The integration of design into the management process of companies to improve the UK’s competitive strength was the main issue raised at Design Integration – People Co-operating Across the Professions. The Design Council and […]

Blazing saddles

Had Richard Seymour’s parents got their way, their son wouldn’t have been a designer at all. He’d have been a ballet dancer. But Twinkle-Toes Seymour it wasn’t to be. Why not? “Well, getting quite big was one thing. Also, when you hit puberty you start to ask yourself, ‘Do I want to hop around in […]

Not at all that dog-eared look

You’d be barking up the wrong tree if you thought that the London consultancy Jaques Russell spells its name like the small dog bred to hunt foxes out of their earths. The Jaques is minus the C and is pronounced Jakes. “Everyone assumes it’s pronounced like the dog or the Frenchman,” says partner Martin Jaques. […]

New professor at OU

Interbrand Group chairman and founder John Murphy is to become a visiting professor at the Open University’s Business School, the largest postgraduate business school in Europe. Murphy’s three-year term will be spent advising the work of the school’s Brand Management Research Group. Murphy says: ‘Reinforcing and researching professional brand management skills is of major importance […]

Management change at CPB

Coley Porter Bell head of brands Amanda Connolly has taken over as managing director. – Previous managing director Helena Rees has stepped down “in order to spend more time with her young family”, according to a CPB spokeswoman.

Uncertain future for troubled CBS

The Government has delayed the launch of its Consultancy Brokerage Service, which has so far only attracted an estimated 200 applicants across nine disciplines – a fraction of its original target of 10 000. The Labour Party has slammed the CBS for failing to meet the needs of industry. Jack Cunningham MP, shadow trade and […]

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