6 November 2008

Beating the graduate blues

Don’t despair if it seems impossible to get that first
break after leaving college – Jane Trustram got one, and she offers her best advice


Actress Mae West, who died almost 30 years ago, has been revived in a branding exercise. Which star
would you bring back to life and how would you use their brand?


Not wanting to appear clichéd, but seeing the movie Blade Runner back in the 1980s left a lasting impression on me – everything from the teenage aspirations of the unconventional hero and the ground-breaking sci-fi film-making, through to its futuristic architecture.The cult legacy of the film stayed with me at university, where I explored the […]

Let’s find a new role

For too long, we’ve been designing the stuff of
consumption – it’s high time that we put our creative
energies to better use, says Adrian Shaughnessy

A true Commonwealth of design could become reality

The maxim ‘Put your money where your mouth is’ might not be the most elegant phrase, but it sums up Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic’s pursuit of the old Commonwealth Institute building in London’s Kensington as a potential home for the museum (www.designweek.co.uk, 30 October).In 2006, Sudjic, an eminent architectural pundit, made a well-reasoned plea […]

Haberdashery London creates trophy

Haberdashery London has created a trophy for the British Film Institute Fellowship award. Given to director Terence Davies at a screening of his new film Of Time and the City last weekend, the award comprises 25 layers of blue Norwegian glass, intended to reference a camera lens. A BFI spokeswoman says, ‘The old award had […]

Manchester’s Love design Nando Chips

Manchester’s Love has designed a range of crisps for Nando’s, Nando’s Chips, to be sold in grocery outlets. The consultancy was appointed to create a look and feel for the products by The Grocery Company, which has the licence to sell and market products in the UK for the fast-food chain. The thick, matt-finished, waxy […]

Foscarini and Marc Sadler design lamp

Venetian lighting company Foscarini continues its relationship with French designer Marc Sadler with the development of a flexible floor lamp that sways when touched. The prototype, which has the working title Tress, features a carbon fibre or glass fibre woven structure housing two light sources, providing ambient light and uplighting.

Skuuma puts finalists into production

Dutch furniture manufacturer Skuuma is putting the finalists in its Soft Surfaces design competition – including the Grand Prix winner, Elisabeth by Fons Schobbers (pictured) – into production. The runners-up – Jan & Dannie’s Um chair; Foam Sweet Home by Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto; Rococo chair by Tamara Abrar and Stefan Zinecker; and Soft […]

Same old story

The Women’s Library in east London’s Aldgate is a fantastic source of historical and cultural information. For this show, it has drawn on its extensive magazine archive, starting with the first women’s periodical, The Ladies’ Mercury, which launched in 1693. Intriguingly, not much seems to change. Hairstyles and hemlines come and go, but the messages […]

News in Pictures

Graphic design duo Brighten The Corners has designed Victor & Susie, ‘a children’s book for
adults’. The book will be published on 10 November.

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