For a nation of boozers, it seems that we are being short-changed when it comes to design of our pubs. The beardy-weirdies at CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, this week unveil their English Heritage Pub Design Awards. And, for the 12th year running, “the judges have felt unable to give any type of award” in the “crucial category” of Best Newbuild Pub. Intake of real ale is notorious for encouraging frank exchanges of views: CAMRA says that submissions for the category “bore the unmistakable imprint of catalogue-inspired pseudo-Victoriana”, and has thrown down the gauntlet for designers to create something decent before the millennium.
Children’s book illustration student Viola Wang has scooped this year’s top prize, beating over 80 other entrants.
As the production designer works on last-minute preparations for the Brits, we speak to her about creating sets for the likes of Coldplay and One Direction, mastering the skill of
New research has found that while 30,000 students graduated from design courses between 2012-2013 and 2015-2016, only a quarter ended up going into “highly skilled” design jobs.
We Launch has redesigned the branding to “change the stigma” associated with the sports, which have now been brought together under one organisation.