9 December 1999

David Bernstein held up by rioters

Kelland Communication Management director, and Design Week columnist, David Bernstein found himself embroiled in the demonstrations against capitalism in Seattle last week. Hoping to fly back from the city last Wednesday, Bernstein’s journey was delayed for 24 hours when the plane’s crew failed to appear. They were holed up in their hotel due to the […]


Hot beverages group Ashby’s is launching its first organic tea, with packaging by Martin Dawe Brand Design.

MinTat packs for Gitanes

Minale Tattersfield & Partners is designing new packaging for French cigarette brand Gitanes Blondes. The design group won a fully paid pitch for the work in Paris, involving 30 consultancies.

Hamley’s website by Nucleus

Toy store Hamley’s is launching an international home shopping website, designed by Nucleus and maintained by its sister company Equire. The online business aims to build on the heritage of the famous UK brand, by offering a range of exclusive toys for sale, backed by a full customer service facility. Orders will be dispatched by […]

Northcross to brand Halifax Internet arm

Halifax has appointed The Northcross Group to develop a brand identity for its new Internet and telephone banking operation, codenamed Greenfield.co. Northcross will develop and apply the brand identity in both two and three dimensions, and provide brand identity guidelines. Greenfield.co managing director Jim Spowart, who was previously managing director of Standard Life Bank says: […]

MinTat sees yellow over identical ideas

In February 1998, Minale Tattersfield was invited by Yellow Pages to present proposals for a new Talking Pages brand as part of a paid pitch. One of the three concepts we presented was based on yellow items – ducks, bananas, lemons. We did not secure the pitch. Imagine how surprised we were to see Yellow […]

Lighthouse acquires first dedicated interiors group

Fitch parent Lighthouse Global Network has added its first dedicated interiors group to its Design and Development arm, with the acquisition of Arizona-based Associates in Architecture and Design. The purchase brings to four the number of design consultancies within the group, since its launch in September 1998. AAD employs 60 staff and specialises in architecture […]

Balanced approach to Mac use is the best plan

I am writing about Mac training versus design experience (Letters, DW 26 November). My experience with students over ten years has been that those who use the computer to solve problems end up with bland conceptions.

Lounge bar Tokyo Joes reopens with Gyro brand

London design consultancy Gyro has created the corporate identity and branding for a Mayfair lounge bar and club called Tokyo Joes. The bar reopened on Saturday after several years of closure. Gyro has also redesigned the identity for Tokyo Joes’ holding group, The Ten City Bar and Restaurants. The branding includes a sofa image which […]

Starck squeezed out

Visitors to the Design Museum have named the Dyson vacuum, condoms and Wonderbras among the best designs of modern style icons. The poll of over 3000 people found that the new VW Beetle, Dualit toasters, teabags, paper clips, Velcro and the iMac computer were all favoured. But Skoda cars, mobile phones, plane and train seats […]

Interactive magazine F to launch in February

A new global interactive magazine called F is being launched in February, targetting 16 24-year-olds. Freelance photographer and designer Stuart Weston is the creative director of the publication, which will initially be distributed on CD-ROM in the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. There are plans to make it available in more countries […]

Revision on

There are many pitfalls in trying to evolve a design which is already acknowledged as a classic, sometimes it’s better just to leave well alone.

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