8 December 2005

Lighting industry still suffers from copyright issues

Terence Conran’s latest lighting collection, Light by Conran, hits the high street this month (DW 1 December). The distinctive products, made in collaboration with Home-Deq and featuring a graphic identity and packaging design also by Conran & Partners, a

Allen International to take Erste Bank brand in retail direction

Allen International has been appointed to the €500 000 (£338 000) project to overhaul the brand and interiors of Erste Bank, one of the largest banks in Central and Eastern Europe. The consultancy begins work this week on the development of a ‘branch of the future’ that will be applied to Erste Bank’s entire branch […]

Yamaha tunes into global tastes with London design hub

Yamaha Corporation this week opens the doors on its London design studio, which the Japanese company will use to gain an international perspective on design processes (DW 13 October). The office will house a permanent team of designers, who will work in conjunction with the company’s Product Design Laboratory headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan; and its […]

Content is key to convergence

As BT braces itself to enter the video on-demand market, Scott Billings looks at what it can do to stand out from the competition. Content is king, they used to say. In the days when the once unassailably buoyant dotcom bubble began to slowly deflate, this phrase was used as a reminder that the mere […]

Razorfish buys UK group DNA

Digital media group Razorfish makes its return to the UK this week with the acquisition of London interactive group DNA for an initial cash sum of £2.8m.DNA will retain its name and senior team, led by joint managing directors Chris Perry and Neil Miller. It will operate as a subsidiary of US-based Avenue A / […]

Apex Hotels group opens new four-star hotel

Apex City of London, a contemporary new four-star hotel from the Apex Hotels group, has opened its doors near London’s Tower Hill. The hotel’s interior and exterior have been designed by Ian Springford Architects, and its style seeks to combine glamour and comfort. Details include private roof terrace access in some bedrooms, spa treatments and […]

Design businesses should take up Cox’s suggestions

It is a rare moment when the Government opens its ears to design’s potential to change things for the better. Prime Minister Tony Blair espoused the creative industries, in a celebratory sense, in the late 1990s, but it has taken the workaday attitude of his cohort, Chancellor Gordon Brown, to identify what design can really […]

Client Rating System

A design body should set up a website where everyone could give feedback about their free pitches and give the client a score on various points. For example, how well were you briefed? Did they get back to you when they said they would? Did they let you k

Talking typefaces: which one do you talk in?

What typeface do you talk in? After listening to Peter Saville on Talk Radio, we started talking about this in the studio. Off hand, I’d say I talk in Trixie, but think in Clarendon. Wrighty, (my boss) talks in Gill Sans. Andy Howell talks in Impact, whereas Jono thinks in pictures (because he’s old school). […]

David Collins takes London to US

David Collins Studio is designing the interiors for hotel The London LA – scheduled to open on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles in spring 2007 – and The London NYC, due to launch in New York next year.

Prepare for the culture shock

To succeed in the Middle East, you must acclimatise and commit to a radically different environment, says Ibrahim Ibrahim. Working in the Middle East as a design business can be very exciting; some of the world’s most adventurous and innovative developments are emerging out of the desert. From shopping malls with ski slopes to prestigious […]

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