9 November 2006

Designers should think beyond charge-out rates

The Design Business Association paints a sombre picture of the financial health of the design sector. Charge-out rates fail to keep up with inflation, and are putting pressure on margins and salaries (DW 12 October). I’m not surprised. Charge-out rates only work when they are applied ruthlessly – every minute must be accounted for. Unfortunately, […]

British Museum lines up designers for gallery revamp

The British Museum is holding a pitch to redesign a trio of gallery spaces, with exhibition design specialists Land Design Studio, Softroom and Ralph Appelbaum Associates among the consultancies included in the initial stages of the process, Design Week can reveal. Although the details are being kept tightly under wraps, the brief is to overhaul […]

Holmes Wood nets Football Fever branding job

A planned network of football centres is to launch across London and the South East, with branding, interiors and signage by Holmes Wood. The consultancy was appointed following a credentials pitch initially to create the visual identity, but will now work on the overall branding of the centres, as well as marketing materials and advertising, […]

News in Pictures

Jason Bruges has designed a light installation for Tate Britain, which was installed on 4 November, to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night as part of the Sparky Tate event. The Magic Bottle is the first in a proposed series of graphic novels set in the ‘lost world of the Peppermint Islands’. It is designed by Monte […]

See through the big smoke

Why is the design industry so biased towards London when an office in the capital is no longer essential for success, asks Piers Evelegh British design is booming and London continues to attract the best talent the world has to offer. Across the whole creative spectrum, from advertising to branding, architecture to fashion, British consultancies […]

Sands to chair Design Skills panel

Jonathan Sands (pictured) has been appointed as chairman of the Design Skills Advisory Panel, replacing Priestman Goode director Paul Priestman, who quits the post at the end of the year (DW 2 November). The Elmwood chairman takes up the role as the panel begins to assesses responses to the Design Council and Creative & Cultural […]

Consultancies unattractive to buyers

UK design consultancies are off the menu when it comes to acquisitions, with large network holding groups seeking overseas pickings or digital specialists, according to industry observers.According to Bob Willott, editor of Marketing Services Financial Intelligence, and business accelerator Pembridge Partners, Jones Knowles Ritchie is one of very few consultancies financially attractive to buyers. Pembridge […]

Dunlop wins major award at Promax UK

Bruce Dunlop, chairman and group creative director at Bruce Dunlop Associates, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement gong at this year’s Promax UK Awards, held on 4 November. Channel 4 walked away with seven gold awards, while Red Bee Media picked up five gold awards.

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