9 October 2008

Cardiff Design Festival awards link widens scope

The fourth annual Cardiff Design Festival is experiencing a shift towards a more international outlook, according to its organisers and patrons, with a strong focus on exporting Welsh design as well as supporting it on the domestic front this year.Darragh Murphy, of Design Management Europe and the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, says the festival […]

Meet Vincent Connare

Type designer Vincent Connare’s font Comic Sans has taken the world by storm – and is now as loathed as it is loved. Simon Loxley meets the ‘typographic engineer’ who left Microsoft for Brixton’s Dalton Maag

Rapid prototyping

With rapid prototyping you can model your ideas instantly and see your sketches take shape before your eyes – no wonder in-house RP is catching on. Pamela Buxton looks at how it is being us ed in many different design disciplines

Annual report design can boost bottom line, says Merchant

Top FTSE 500-listed companies with strong annual report communications outperform those with weaker communications by 13 per cent, according to a new survey.The research – published by Merchant, itself a design consultancy specialising in annual report communications – looked at a hypothetical ‘total shareholder return’, comparing any given company to its position in the previous […]

Manchester trams refreshed by Hemisphere

Manchester’s Metrolink trams have been given a fresh new look, devised by branding consultancy Hemisphere.The brand overhaul is part of the Government’s £600m investment programme, which will see the 16-year-old Metrolink system double in size over the next four years.Central to the new brand is the flexible ‘speed graphic’ device of graduated circles, fading out […]

Agenda reveals Great North Museum identity

Agenda Design Associates’ £15 000 visual identity for Newcastle’s new Great North Museum is unveiled this week.The logo references the north point of the compass and is intended to emulate the simplicity of iconic marques like those of Nike and Apple, according to the consultancy.Tyne & Wear Museums appointed Agenda in January, following a three-way […]

News in Pictures

Carey Jones has created the interiors for hair brand GHD’s international headquarters in Leeds’s Bridgewater development, which features a catwalk and salon.

News in Pictures

Together has designed a set of stamps for the Royal Mail honouring six important historical female figures. Women of Distinction stamps are available from 14 October.

Mandelson’s appointment should benefit the industry

Did London Design Festival director Ben Evans foresee the Cabinet reshuffle when he lined up Peter Mandelson to give the LDF opening address last month? Given Evans’ Labour pedigree, you might think he’d been tipped the wink, but knowledge of Mandelson’s impending return to the Cabinet would have been dynamite if it were known a […]

Design community remembers Kevin Thompson

Members of the design community remembered Kevin Thompson last Friday at a service at Golders Green Crematorium, London NW11. Thompson spent 18 years as chief executive of Grey Matter before setting up Brandsmiths in 1999.

Hans Wegner’s chair gets reissued

Danish designer Hans Wegner’s 1963 three-legged chair is being reissued as a limited-edition piece, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Danish furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son.

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