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Mark Starbuck has created the branding for Yorkshire-based photographer John Hutchinson. A website will launch this month, and a promotional book will be released later in the year.3 Mark Starbuck has created the branding for Yorkshire-based photographer

Worlds between the covers

The credit crunch is not the ideal environment for high-end photography books, which is all the more reason to celebrate them at this year’s And/or Book Awards. The awards were rebranded last year with a new logo drawn by David Hockney, and winners will be announced later this month. According to photography category judge David […]

The Experimental design of three new venues

With consumption suffering in the downturn, providing experiences is what it’s all about – for both the leisure industry and stores trying to tempt people back. Clare Dowdy goes in search of music, cookery and sporting thrills at three new venues

Branding concepts in publishing

We may not judge our books by their logos, but a distinctive marque can still make all the difference for emerging imprints. Anna Richardson unravels the branding concepts behind three new publishing ventures.

New products at the Milan Furniture Fair

The Milan furniture fair never fails to deliver an exhilarating array of new products, and this year’s show is no exception. Design Week picks out some of the highlights from the pieces on offer.

Icelandic designer Ingibjörg Hanna Bjarnadóttir profiled

Icelandic politicians and business figures have been making headlines across the world since ‘the crisis’ – as it is known in Iceland – last October. What they might not have anticipated is becoming immortalised in a mirror.But that’s what young designer Ingibjörg Hanna Bjarnadóttir has done/ recreated the physical profiles of some of the biggest […]

Beauty comes in many forms, even Gherkin-shaped

It’s hard to choose just one thing of beauty in Britain, as you asked last week (Voxpop, DW 2 April). But one thing I enjoy seeing on pretty much a daily basis, which never ceases to please my eye, is 30 St Mary Axe, also known as the Gherkin. My gallery is in east London, […]

Ah, those were the days – cold hands and sticky footwear

What a brilliant article by Michael Peters (A lost world, DW 26 March). I started out in graphic design in the early 1970s during the three-day week – no rubbish collection, fewer jobs – and carried on through the excesses of the 1980s and 1990s. Somewhere along the line, I worked in a cow shed […]

Underestimating the regions is a big mistake

After reading Lynda Relph-Knight’s thoughts about the strength of design in the regions (Comment, DW 26 March), I reflected on the title of the piece and wondered who is underestimating the power of the regions. It certainly is not the regions themselves, which are aware of their potential and have established networking groups. Some of […]

It’s irresponsible to lure too many on to design degrees

Adrian Shaughnessy may be right when he says that design graduates are equipped for life in the modern world (Private View, DW 2 April), but his view is not widely shared, so his call to have more of them is irresponsible. It’s a cruel fact that, outside of the design industry, little value is placed […]

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