April 2009 Online

Pearlfisher joins Heinz roster

Heinz has finally announced that it has appointed Pearlfisher to its design roster, almost six months after it initiated a review of its packaging design consultancies.The consultancy won a highly strategic competitive pitch against groups thought to include Blue Marlin, Brandopus, Springetts and Cowan Design. The outcome of the babyfood pitch influenced which groups the […]

Onedotzero seeks festival entries

Onedotzero is seeking entries for its Adventures in Motion festival, which showcases moving image and digital arts. This year’s Adventures in Motion event will be held on London’s South Bank on 9-13 September, before being taken on an international tour. Onedotzero is seeking proposals for installations, interactive works and live audiovisual performance in addition to […]

Museum of Liverpool set to appoint to identity work

Museum of Liverpool is this week set to appoint a branding consultancy to create its identity. Museum of Liverpool director of marketing Joanna Rowlands reveals that the museum is in the final throes of the selection process and will today see six consultancies, with a view to making a decision later this week. The public […]

Researchers work on eye-controlled CAD

University researchers are aiming to revolutionise the computer-aided design process, using eye-tracking technology. Professor Alison McKay, professor of design systems at Leeds University’s School of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr Steve Garner, of the Open University, are examining how eye-tracking technology could recognise which parts of sketches the designer is interested in and automatically suggest developments.The […]

Milan furniture fair highlights new directions

This year’s Milan furniture fair has not been so much about the hard sell, as a springboard for new directions, if the general reaction from designers is anything to go by. Furniture craftsman Paul Kelley is looking to design new pieces that will take him out of the ‘one-off market’ and into a category of […]

Spring helps Tory women shake off ‘staid’ image

Tory women are hoping to shake off their ‘staid’ image with the help of Spring Design and Advertising.The Conservative Women’s Organisation has briefed the Suffolk-based group to help it to attract more and younger members. It appointed Spring in January without a pitch.‘We hope to alter the image that Conservative women are staid ladies who […]

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Furniture designs combat hospital infections

Prototype designs aimed at stopping the spread of MRSA and other infections in hospitals are being unveiled at the Design Council in central London today. The prototypes are the result of the Design Bugs Out challenge, commissioned by the Department of Health and NHS Purchasing and run by the Design Council, which sought designer/manufacturer teams […]

WPP warns on 2009 as revenue falls

WPP has warned of a ‘very difficult’ first half of 2009 as it reported a like-for-like revenue fall of 5.8 per cent in the first quarter of the year.The results back up WPP chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell’s statement to Design Week last month that the only significant issue facing the design industry in the […]

Search continues for vehicle of the future

The winner of the Royal College of Art and Opel’s future vehicle design competition is still being deliberated, despite an event last night at the London Transport Museum that was meant to be the culmination of the contest.

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