7 December 2006

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In 1978 I was fortunate enough to meet Abram Games. I was a student and he was my hero. I didn’t know at the time, but I was just about to win the Royal Society of Arts Design Bursary Competition with a campaign that was inspired by his work.I found out about him because I […]

Digital design looks set to be a growth area in 2007

What will you remember 2006 for? As the year that saw business take an upward turn – or a dive? The year of waiting for signs of the impact of the Cox Review on design? The year of the Design Museum debacle, with Alice Rawsthorn out and Deyan Sudjic in as director? The year when […]


WMH plans to diversify under Loewy ownership

Williams Murray Hamm has outlined its ambitions to enter new design disciplines, following its acquisition by Loewy Group last Friday, revealed on www.designweek.co.uk.Loewy acquired WMH in a three-year, earn-out deal worth £7m, effectively ending the consultancy’s ten-year tenure as a leading independent group with a strong creative reputation. Rumours that the group was to be […]

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Profile: Bill Moggridge

As the Godfather of interactivity, deisgner of the first laptop and co-founder of Ideo, Bill Moggridge would be forgiven for putting his feet up. Instead he has been busy on his latest project.We could be excused for describing British designer Bill Moggridge as a man with his head in the clouds. After all, the veteran […]

Petra Borner

Christmas crackers

It’s the year’s most dissected, chewed-over piece of graphic communication. If it’s for a client, the designers won’t get sign-off for weeks, ‘as every single person in the company will want to see it first’, says Atelier Works partner Ian Chilvers. ‘If only all our work was given as much consideration,’ he laments. Yet it’s […]

Bethnal Green tube

Found forms

For type designers, a long-standing source of inspiration is fast disappearing. The stultifying, commercialised homogeneity of the Western European high street, with a Starbucks on every corner, has not only sounded the death knell for quirky independent retailers, but also for quirky ‘found’ typefaces.These days, you have to look much further afield for interesting vernacular […]

Second Life Shopping

Material world

Web2.0 is here and the surrounding hype shows no sign of dying down. The latest focus is Second Life, a virtual world where people bored of their real life can chat, flirt, argue, shop, build a dream home and, essentially, live on-line. Increasingly, they can also make some real money while they’re at it.Created by […]

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Unlocking the vaults

No longer are archives private, dusty affairs, requiring special permission for access. Where once interactivity was the buzz word in museum design, now it is archives and how institutions can bring their previously hidden treasures into the public gaze. As it’s not just a question of flinging open the archive doors, this vogue is throwing […]

RHM buy-out puts roster in question

Consultancies on the RHM design roster have yet to be contacted about their future relationship with the company, following this week’s agreement of a £1.2bn acquisition of RHM by Premier Foods. The current roster comprises Ikon, Jones Knowles Ritchie, Turner Duckworth and Williams Murray Hamm.The merged company will create a £2.6bn entity, which will include […]

Voxpop: Design Effectiveness Awards

There were murmurings at this year’s Design Business Association Design Effectiveness Awards that some of the most effective designs were less aesthetically attractive. Why do some designers feel affronted by this? What is ‘aesthetically attractive’ is a highly subjective notion. Effective packaging design communicates a brand’s strategic needs in a way that really makes the […]


Wherefore art thou?

If anonymity is the key to the Bard’s appeal, maybe we should train our critical eyes to ignore what we think we know about design. I’m in the throes of contributing a chapter to a book about William Shakespeare, which considers his relevance to contemporary working life. I’ve been grappling with what makes the old […]

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