March 2008 Online

Motorola reorganisation sparks brand review

Motorola is currently reviewing brand strategy for its broadband and handset divisions following last week’s announcement to create two standalone companies.According to a spokeswoman for Motorola, the US-based company is undertaking research to evaluate how divisional brands will be determined when the two publicly-traded companies relaunch next year. At this stage, she says, it is […]

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Nouvel scoops Pritzker prize

French architect Jean Nouvel will pick up the Pritzker Prize in June, worth $100 000 (£50 000). In financial terms, the Pritzker is the biggest architecture award in the world.Recognised for his eclectic style, Nouvel established his first practice in Paris in 1973, coming to international attention in 1987 with the completion of the French […]

Singapore product and fashion designers link up

Product and fashion designers from Singapore are staging a joint initiative in April in a bid to bring their design disciplines closer together.The collaborative project, called Blueprint 2008, has been organised through the government-backed DesignSingapore Council, and will take place at a number of venues across the country, including this week’s Singapore Fashion Festival in […]

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Small Back Room unveils Traffic Act website

A public information website aimed at simplifying the Traffic Management Act 2004, which comes into effect today, has been devised by London consultancy Small Back Room.Parking and Traffic Regulations Outside London – or Patrol – has been set up by The Joint Committee of Councils for England & Wales. It outlines the consequences of the […]

Bezier finalises £7.25m Coutts Retail purchase

The Bezier Group has finalised its purchase of ailing Media Square-owned marketing consultancy Coutts Retail Communications for £7.25m in cash.The purchase follows reports on designweek.co.uk earlier this month that Media Square put the retail and in-store marketing consultancy, part of its design division, up for sale. The acquisition of CRC is part of Bezier’s plans […]

Dutch design conference opens next week

Design Indaba’s latest event, the Creative Company Conference, takes place in Amsterdam next week.The day and evening seminar is intended as a forum for multinational brands that place innovation, creativity and design at the centre of their strategies, according to the organisers. Three Dutch design consultancies – Fabrique, Lava and Ontwerpwerk – will host a […]

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Design auctioned off at University of Lincoln

NB Studio, Johnson Banks, 300 Million and Turner Duckworth are just some of the design groups pledging support for The University of Lincoln’s first Design Auction, which takes place next month.Eighty design consultancies will participate in the auction, as part of the university’s fundraising efforts for its end-of-year graphic design show.More than 100 lots, including […]

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TwelveStars takes Spanish petrol stations sustainable

A chain of petrol stations in Spain and Portugal is being redesigned more sustainably, according to a London consultancy.TwelveStars is redesigning Cepsa’s petrol stations after winning a six-way pitch a year ago due to its focus on sustainability, says TwelveStars chief executive, Nicolas de Santis.The first prototype launched last week in Madrid and the design […]

RCA summer show returns to college galleries

The Royal College of Art’s annual graduate summer show will take place over four separate exhibitions from the end of May.Unlike last year’s show, which was held jointly in a marquee in London’s Kensington Gardens, this year’s exhibition will display the work of 400 postgraduate students in the college galleries and at its Battersea campus. […]

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NY museum showcases Sanaa work

New York’s New Museum is launching an exhibition this week to celebrate a decade of work by the Japanese architects that designed its contemporary art building in the Bowery area in downtown Manhattan.Sanaa: Works 1998 – 2008 is presenting its latest designs ranging from museum, education, commercial and residential commissions through to furniture and housewares. […]

Coley Porter Bell launches new Schwartz spices range

Coley Porter Bell is launching a new range of products for herb and spice company Schwartz.Entitled Cook Art, the range and its identity and packaging will be launching in Sainsbury’s next Monday.Designed to create shelf standout, Coley Porter Bell’s brief was ‘to bring to life the sensory pleasure of cooking’.The packets and tins feature bright […]

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