Reading in the toilet

To see the latest development in electronic moving displays, you only need to ‘spend a penny’. The National Centre for Popular Music in Sheffield has commissioned AMS to install futuristic LED signs displaying song lyrics in both the Ladies and Gents toilets. AMS managing director Paul Beswick says: ‘Most moving visual displays are standard off-the-shelf […]


David Bailey – Birth of the Cool, from 15 April until 27 June, focuses on Bailey’s career from 1957-1969. The exhibition displays over 200 prints, including classic images of John Lennon and Paul McCartney and previously unpublished photographs. Venue: Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London EC2.

Syzygy seeks to appoint

Web design group Syzygy is seeking a number of director-level staff as part of an international expansion programme. Syzygy’s expansion reflects the continued growth of the sector and the group’s critical success, says managing director Chris Robson. He says the expansion reflects the fact that more than half the company’s revenue comes from abroad. A […]

Tesco Kids World takes a bold Creative Direction

A NEW look for the toy departments at Tesco stores, designed and produced by the Creative Direction Partnership, was unveiled this week. The Toy Planet format for Tesco Kids World is a brightly-coloured space-age scheme that aims to catch the eyes of customers and their parents. Bob Blandford, leader of the CDP design team, says […]

What is the solution for urban transport?

Here is a response to your invitation (Comment, DW 9 March) to comment on the contribution that design can make to enhance the quality of life in London and other urban environments. Any strategy for a quality public transportation system in London must consider three criteria: the systems must be safe, extremely frequent and yet […]


Theatre models in paper and card by Robert Burgess is published by the Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications on 20 April. Theatres in the book were inspired by the original Victorian toy theatres. Burgess gives the traditional a contemporary feel using paper and card to create ten projects that will inspire readers.

Just a feeling

Stealing Beauty, at the ICA, uses the ordinary to design the extraordinary. The exhibition is about the work of British-based designers searching for a new method and meaning in their work. “It’s not a design movement, it is a much more gentle thing – it is simply a mood and an energy,” says curator Claire […]


Art dealer Julian Lax will be showing Heroes and Beasts: Works on paper by Elisabeth Frink from 13 April until 2 May. Frink, although a sculptor, was an experimental printmaker during her 30-year career. This selection of etchings, lithographs and screenprints will present Frink in a different light. Venue: Julian Lax, 37-39 Arkwright Road, London […]


Cable channel UK Gold has launched five new on-screen idents, created by Lambie-Nairn, to coincide with the latest programming season. Employing a celebratory theme, the idents use rockets, Catherine wheels and firecrackers bursting from the screen. UK Gold head of programming Kathryn Mitchell says the idents represent ‘a significant move away from the current look’. […]

Worth the wait

It’s been a year or so since I was last in Matthew Hilton’s studio, and at first nothing seems to have changed. It still looks like the inside of a railwayman’s hut, complete with the stove in the corner and the heaps of non-specific detritus. Cigarette butts and spent matches still litter the rough timber […]

Never tyre of design

At last, the designer product we’ve all been holding our breath for – a tyre. Dutch tyre company Vredestein brought in Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro to create Sportrac. Giugiaro, managing director of Giugiaro Design, is as well known for his ties, sunglasses, jewellery and fashion collections as his car design. The tyre is aimed […]

Case study – Wait chair for Authentics

Matthew Hilton is, so far as his laid-back demeanour allows, cock-a-hoop about Wait. It has taken him two years to perfect. This must have been nerve-racking at a time when plenty of designers have been toying afresh with the idea of the cheap moulded plastic chair. But he has stolen a march on them. The […]

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