The week in design

Our most-read stories of the week and other goings on in the design world.

Our most-read stories of the week


1. Norwich brewery Redwell, which was branded by students at Norwich University of the Arts, found itself in the middle of a copyright dispute after Red Bull said the company name was too similar to its own and potentially confusing. Redwell says it has agreed with Red Bull that it can continue to use the name , as long as it doesn’t produce an energy drink.


2. Why Not Associates, Robert Maude and Sarah Davies worked on the British Auto Legends stamps for Royal Mail. They had to track down mint-condition classic cars to photograph for the stamps…


3. Mike Reed of Reed Words looks at how writing for design has developed in the past ten years . Reed says it has been transformed from neglected afterthought to a key part of creative strategy in projects such as, which won a D&AD Black Pencil for its copy.


Our most popular Tweet of the week


Our favourite Tweets of the week


Quote of the week

Storm Thorgerson

‘I had a dream about Peter Gabriel in a House of Wax. There was a fire and, because of the heat, he had a dripping face. All he said was: “I don’t mind being in your dreams so long as you’re not in mine”.’  The late Storm Thorgerson on his working process.


Image of the week

Art Everywhere

Sir Peter Blake launches the ambitious Art Everywhere project, which will see British artworks displayed on 22 000 poster and advertising sites around the country.


Our favourite website of the week


It’s a zoomable version of John B. Sparks’s incredible 1931 Histomap. The entire history of the world in a single graphic.


Design Stories in the national press

The Guardian takes a look at a proposal to redesign the New York Subway map in a circular fashion, by Dr Max Roberts.

Jamie Merrill at the Independent trials French firm Orée’s wooden computer keyboard.

The BBC reports on the dedication of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s cardboard cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand. The previous cathedral was damaged in a 2011 earthquake.

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  • Martin Ballantine November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    It’s hilarious, post-Redwell and ‘that’ energy drink nonsense, that Crabbies are now getting really shirty with the tiny little brewery Tickety Brew….as they supposedly ‘own’ “Tickety Boo”! Lame. And death by Social Media I hope…

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