February 2009 Online

Ron Arad to leave Royal College of Art

Ron Arad is to leave his position as head of the Department of Design Products at the Royal College of Art. Arad tells Design Week that this will be his last academic year, adding that ‘change is good’. Speaking of the reasons for his decision, Arad says, ‘Twelve years is a long time, and I […]

Design helps councils tackle climate change

The results of a project that encourages local authorities to use design to deal with climate change issues are being unveiled today.The i-team, a collaboration between sustainable development charity Forum for the Future and global design consultancy Ideo, is showcasing its activities at the Design Council’s headquarters in London WC2.The i-team was set up in […]

Longlist announced for £100 000 Art Fund Prize

The Wedgwood Museum, which tells the story of the historic ceramics company which recently went into administration, is in the running for this year’s Art Fund Prize for Museums and Galleries.The Stoke-on-Trent museum, designed by architect Hulme Upright Manning, is up against nine competitors for the £100 000 prize, including the Sackler Centre at the […]

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Fitch’s My brand launches for Tesco in Czech Republic

My’s first department store, branded and designed by Fitch for Tesco, opens today in Liberec in the Czech Republic.Fitch was appointed in May 2008 to develop all elements of the brand experience for My, including brand strategy, name, identity and environments.The Liberec store will be the first in a series of My stores. There are […]

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Funnel Creative brands workplace awards scheme

The National Employer Service has launched its Workforce Development Awards under a new identity by Funnel Creative.The North West design consultancy has developed a new brand identity for the 2009 NES Workforce Development Awards, with a call for entries going out today. The awards will take place on 23 April. Funnel was appointed to the […]

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Start crowned Design Week football league champs

Start Creative’s team Start Academicals has claimed the Design Week football league title after finishing a massive 10 points ahead of nearest league rivals Pearlfisher.Start Academicals captain Michael Dorrian was presented with the trophy by Jawar Ali, from charity London Tigers, which the league supports, following the final round of matches on Monday night (23 […]

Heinz shortlists for babyfood brief

Heinz has shortlisted two consultancies for a major babyfood brief, following its packaging design roster pitch held at the end of last year.The shortlisted groups are thought to be Pearlfisher and Blue Marlin. Both consultancies decline to comment, and Heinz refuses to elaborate further. ‘We have shortlisted two consultancies but no decisions have been made. […]

Design Council admits it ‘does not communicate well’

Lesley Morris, head of skills at the Design Council, has admitted that the association ‘does not communicate well or engage with the design community properly’.‘Designers don’t understand what we do, how we do it and what the results are,’ Morris tells Design Week. ‘They continue to feel that we should be doing more with them.‘We […]

Philippe Starck’s ‘Apprentice’ show set to air

A BBC reality TV show in which young designers compete to win a work placement with Philippe Starck will air on BBC Two next month (www. designweek.co.uk, 12 June 2008).Philippe Starck’s School of Design finished filming on 1 December 2008, Design Week understands. The winner is currently working out a six-month contract at Starck’s Paris […]

Design Week is ranked as top superbrand

Design Week is ranked ninth in the Media – Trade Publications category of the Business Superbrands 2009 list.It is placed above Financial Times title The Banker, and Emap’s Architects’ Journal, which come in at ten and 11 in the category respectively.Declan Gough, publisher of DW, says, ‘Being a business superbrand is a true accolade. It […]

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