The week in design

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1. We talk to DesignStudio founders Paul Stafford and Ben Wright about building a 40-strong consultancy in five years, maintaining design integrity and rebranding Airbnb.



2. Marking two years to go until the Rio 2016 Olympics, the organisers have unveiled the ‘look’ of the games – showing how identity designs will work across venues, products and uniforms.


3. PriestmanGoode and SeymourPowell are among those shortlisted for the FutureRailway competition to design new passenger carriages for the UK rail network.

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Penguin has commissioned illustrators from around the world to create a fantastic series of covers for its Essentials collection. This is Jon McNaught’s cover for A Month in the Country.

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‘I remember the design department in school having an array of huge mysterious machines that no one as allowed to touch, and seemed terrifying. So instead we spent hours and hours sanding. Design in high school, for me, was making something really smooth.’ Recent graduate Ruby Davies shares her memories of being taught design at school.

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The Knitted Footballer is a brilliant knitted accompaniment to the World Cup and the Premier League.

Design stories in the national press

The Daily Mail reports on the Dead Prize, which honours designs that have harmed the planet.



The Guardian looks at how residents of south London’s Aylesbury Estate created their own version of the Channel 4 ident.

Dizzying optical illusions by Akiyoshi Kitaoka are featured in the Guardian.

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