8 February 2007

SMC saga highlights risks of acquisition strategies

The latest twist in the SMC Group saga strikes a cautionary note for design groups bent on extending their reach through acquisition. Expansion can put as big a strain on your business as a diminishing client base. Both need nimble management. Media reports are of ‘a management shake-up’ at SMC following a profit warning last […]


Swash and flourish

Ligatures, the flourish connecting two characters which once served a serious typographic purpose, have now become a style. Michael Johnson looks at the phenomenon

Mondrian South Beach


Omnipresent design talent Marcel Wanders made his name with furtniture, but has since branched into architecture and interiors. John Stones asks him about anti-Modernism, extravagance and Dutch aesthetics

Thomas Pink

Thomas Pink London store by Four IV

Thomas Pink opened the doors to its latest London store on Sloane Street last week, designed by interior specialists Four IV.The clothes retailer previously operated a store on Sloane Street, which was closer to Knightsbridge, but this new property sees the brand expanding the size and visibility of its offering on the central London street, […]

Doug Alexander

Navyblue expands with office in Leeds

Navyblue Design Group is to add a Leeds office to its existing Edinburgh and London bases and has appointed former BDG McColl director Brian Minards to run the business.The consultancy has been considering expansion into the North of England since last summer. According to Doug Alexander (pictured), managing director of Navyblue in Edinburgh, future acquisitions […]

Spy game

All of Us spy game for Science Museum

All of Us has created an innovative, interactive game called BAOS – Be an On-line Spy – for The Science Museum’s forthcoming show The Science of Spying.Launching in London next week, The Science of Spying aims to help children understand the skills and abilities required by real agents, while revealing the complex business of spying […]

Collaboration cartoon

Hand in hand

Working in collaboration has many creative and commercial attractions for designers, but there are pitfalls. Designers recount their experiences to Liz Farrelly, while lawyers and business professionals give John Stones the low-down

Lugga handle grip

Wolff Olins wins DBA Inclusive Design Challenge

A Wolff Olins-designed kitemark for people with mobility problems has won this year’s Inclusive Design Challenge, set by the Design Business Association and the Helen Hamlyn Research Centre at the Royal College of Art.The Go Steady logo, an inter-locking arrow motif, could be applied to labelling, signage, packaging and clothing and would alert wearers and […]

Alex Normanton

Crossing the line

Some direct marketing agencies now offer design services. But should dedicated design consultancies be worried?

Kylie - The Exhibition

Better the devil

What could be more designed than Kylie? Once upon a time we believed in innate talent. But now we realise it takes many teams of people with different talents, not least PR and marketing, to achieve lasting, global success. The shock that a blank canvas – such as the Australian soap opera star Kylie Minogue […]

The Farm Project

Art and sold

As brands encroach further into our everyday life, exploiting an association with the cultural prestige of art and design becomes increasingly potent

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