6 September 2001

London’s transport policy needs design at its heart

We urge Transport for London to think hard about its appointment of a new design head. If, as the experiences of Corynne Bredin and her predecessor Christopher Nell indicate, the authority is dumbing down its in-house design function and is more concerned with implementation than new ideas, then it needs to take design on board […]

GMTV unearths new look Diggit

Digital TV channel GMTV’s early morning kids’ show Diggit is getting a facelift prior to its autumn season, which airs on 1 September. The GMTV channel bears no relation to the early morning strand on ITV. In-house designer Anthony Howells has redesigned the set following the programme’s move to larger studios in Teddington. The set […]

Goodbye country (hello nightclub)

The sleeve for Groove Armada’s next album Goodbye country (hello nightclub), released on 10 September, has been designed by Microdot Visual Communications. The design pays homage to Pink Floyd’s 1969 album cover for Ummagumma, says Microdot creative director Bran Cannon. ‘We wanted to get away from the idea that Groove Armada is just another studio-based […]

Redundancies at The Partners

The Partners has made eight people redundant after a review of a number of roles, provoked by the general economic climate. The redundancies, none of which involve creative positions, were effected last Friday, following a fortnight-long review and consultation period, says business development director Claire Robinson. ‘Unfortunately, we have made eight redundancies,’ Robinson confirms, but […]

Getting to the bottom of increased visitor numbers

The fact that 30 per cent more people have visited the Derbyshire cave formerly known as Peak Cavern, now Devil’s Arse, shows more about the British penchant for smutty bottom humour than the power of a revamped brand identity. The motives behind the name-change are to ‘boost interest in the natural attraction’, says the Peak […]

Opius gives Brainwave a little Pzizz

Product design group Opius has created a gadget designed to ‘relax and re-energise’ busy people through an electronic headset, which launches worldwide on 15 November. Called Pzizz, the unit is a mini micro-processor computer featuring plug-in earphones. It enables the user to listen to a series of ’empowering’ spoken word and music programmes, lasting from […]

Acid burns mark on Net with launch of website

Copyright action group Anti-copying in Design launched a website last Friday to provide both members and non-members with professional information on copyright issues. The site, www.acid.uk.com, features graphics designed by Rare Design creative director Simon Morley. Pepperneck designer Paul Woods constructed the site. It is Acid’s first initiative to help website creators protect their designs. […]

English Partnerships selects roster

Government quango English Partnerships has all but finalised its design roster with the appointment of five consultancies and a decision on the appointment of a sixth expected this week. Martin Gibbon Associates, Paul Martin Associates, Albion Graphics & Marketing, Colin Clifford Design and Whitehouse Mainwaring were appointed from a list of ten groups to the […]


Zinc has started work on the redesign of Warner Village Cinemas’ website, www.warnervillage.co.uk, following a four-way credentials and unpaid pitch. The site will relaunch at the end of October.

Start Design rewrites Virgin Books identity

Virgin Publishing has been renamed Virgin Books, with its corporate identity created by Start Design. Start Design is one of Virgin’s preferred suppliers and has been responsible for the identities of Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Mobile, V Shop and the original identity for Virgin One three years ago. One of the greatest challenges for Start, which […]

Call for entries

Glasspac.com, the information bureau for glass packaging, is calling for entries into the 2001 Shine Awards. The awards are open to any product packaged in glass. Winners will be announced on 2 November at the Imagination Gallery. The closing date for entries is 28 September. Contact: visit the website at www.glasspac.com for further information on […]

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