UK groups wrap up US awards

London design consultancies dominated the Clio Awards’ packaging design categories in San Francisco last week, scooping more than ten prizes and the Grand Clio. There is also success for the UK in the American ID Magazine Annual Design Review, to be announced in July. Coley Porter Bell’s Ten Degrees mineral water bottle picked up the […]

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Friday 10 May It is your last chance to see Tony Martin’s bronze, aluminium, glass and Perspex sculptures at the Raw gallery.

Design firm links to new group

Gregory Marcel is linking up with New Century, a new public relations, publishing and political services group. Gregory Marcel last week relocated its 13 staff from offices in Reigate, Surrey, into central London, where the consultancy will be sharing off

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Jonathan Wright’s Proppy chair is designed to be comfortable, lightweight and stable on any surface. ‘I was keen for its appeal to be generated from its use. Its visual appearance was secondary and has evolved from non-visual criteria such as comfort, its ability to fold and a desire to use triangulation for strength,’ says Wright, […]

Lodge expansion underway

Lodge Design has two new senior staff, and plans to employ up to five more designers over the next six months. David Shalam, deputy design director at London group Business Address, joins as creative director.

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David Gamble photographs writers and artists. His exhibition The Creative Hand at London’s Groucho Club features subjects including Franco Zeffirelli, Peter Blake, Robert Rauschenberg and Courtney Pine. But will they be as exposed as Zares, this Russian photographer caught disrobed on the job? The show runs from 20 May to 20 June.

DBA calls for views on vetting members

I was interested to read your comments on the issue of vetting design consultants for membership to organisations such as ours (DW Comment 19 April). We are currently reviewing our criterion and I would be interested to hear your readers views as I do not see it as an easy process. Currently we have two […]

Frayling to head RCA from July

Professor Christopher Frayling’s appointment as the new rector of the Royal College of Art was confirmed last week by the RCA’s council, following a unanimous recommendation by the college senate. Frayling, aged 49, will take up the post on 15 July when outgoing rector Tony Jones returns to the US for family reasons. Frayling’s contract […]

Millennium funding doubts to be quashed

Doubts about the funding of Greenwich’s 500m millennium exhibition designed by Imagination are about to be quashed, as a source close to the project says that key cash is waiting in the wings. “A major British international company has firmly expressed an interest in coming up with the key funding,” says Graham Buxton-Smither, a former […]

DTI confirms identity will not be changing

I read with interest your lead story (DW 26 April), which suggested that the Department of Trade and Industry is considering its DTI corporate identity. Your article acknowledged that a DTI spokesman “flatly denies that a new identity is being discussed…”. That is the position and there are no discussions underway about revising or changing […]

Button launches new attractions at Granada

Leisure and telecommunications giant Granada is planning to commission exhibition designers for projects at its Manchester studios, following the unveiling of a new 2m attraction designed by the Button Communications Group. FutureVision: This is Tomorrow opened last week, focusing on technology. Its design budget was 1m, according to John Csaky, principal of Button/Csaky, the interiors […]

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Jaywing creates branding for cultural initiative Hull 2017

Consultancy Jaywing has created the place branding for Hull 2017, the initiative marking the northern city’s status as UK City of Culture. The logo is an “H” shape constructed out of a series of geometric lines, used against a colourful palette of purple, green, yellow, blue and pink. Gavin Shore, creative director at Jaywing, says […]