Exhibitions

Bar, from 19-20 June, gathers the latest information on trends, drinks, design and bar services. The Design part of the show includes lighting, furniture and interior designers. Design Matters is a series of design-led seminars where designers, architects and bar professionals discuss design as a vital aspect of a bar’s success. Contact: www.barshow.co.uk Venue: Business […]

The state of dependence

After many years of merger speculation, Wolff Olins has finally relinquished its independent status to become part of the Omnicom Group.

Loss of independence can affect work quality

It was inevitable that Wolff Olins would eventually strike a deal with a global network, despite protestations that it intended to remain independent. It had to extend its worldwide reach to compete fully with the likes of Interbrand, now its stablemate within the Omnicom Group, FutureBrand and Enterprise IG. Wolff Olins could, as managing director […]

Groovy camera snaps the action fourfold

The Austrian division of cult camera Lomo’s company-cum-fan club, the Lomographic Society, has extended the range with a groovy plastic sampler. The no-frills, Russian action-shot camera features four lenses and a ripcord that releases the shutters at two-second intervals. So you can snap your friends falling off a snowboard in slow-mo or pulling a series […]

PSD Associates cuts design jobs

Nine design jobs have been cut at PSD Associates, blamed on the general climate of change in the industry and a specific downturn in the telecoms sector. In total 11 jobs were cut at the consultancy last week, leaving 71 full time staff, around 56 of which are designers. No more redundancies are anticipated. “We […]

Bored out of your mind by influential thinker

What would you expect to hear from a man voted by Time magazine as one of the 50 most influential thinkers of the next decade? Kai Krause, founder of Byteburg, a centre for applied innovation in Germany, speaking at the Innotown design and innovation conference in Norway last week, surprised us. Instead of showing the […]

Bioform lifts Speedo range

Charnos, manufacturer of the Seymour Powell-designed Bioform bra, is introducing a swimwear version of the product through a manufacturing deal with Speedo. This is the first time the 3D support system, Bioform, has been used in another product. Charnos has signed a licensing agreement with Speedo to produce the collection, which will be available this […]

Parkview’s plan for Battersea given go ahead

The £500m redevelopment of Battersea Power Station finally looks set to go ahead: the London Borough of Wandsworth has given developer Parkview International permission to develop the entire site. The plot is scheduled to house a 725-room hotel, a theatre and a river bus jetty, as well as retail outlets, restaurants and offices. Work will […]

Could be love for ex-TCWC staff

The four senior staff who resigned from Tucker Clarke-Williams Creative in May have launched their own multidisciplinary consultancy. The Manchester-based consultancy is understood to be called Love. Former TCWC senior designer David Palmer declined to comment. “We haven’t fully decided [on a name for the consultancy],” he maintains. The consultancy, which is in the throes […]

DCMS demise good for design

The disbandment of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport could be good for the design industry, sources say, if responsibility for it is switched to the Department of Trade and Industry. The DTI is most likely to take over responsibility for championing the creative industries, according to industry sources. “Design would find a natural […]

GPRS launch from Motorola

Motorola unveiled its next raft of mobile phone products for the UK last week, including its first GPRS (General Packet Radio Services) phone the V.66, and the palmtop organiser-cum-phone, the Accompli 008. The V.66 features voice-activated dialling, a clock and a currency converter. Both products were designed at the Motorola design centre in Milan, headed […]

Getfrank

Located just 100m from Brighton beach, Getfrank specialises in the development and design of cross-platform digital media. It was founded in November 1999 by Gary Stevenson, Andrew Seel and James Byford – ex-Netscape on-line content director, AOL senior editor and Victoria Real digital media producer respectively. Barely three years old, it has twice won best […]

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