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

Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020

1. Nokia’s design team is transferring to Microsoft as part of the £4.6 billion deal for the Finnish company’s Devices & Services business.


2. JKR has created a new identity and packaging for Flora as part of a £12 million boost for the margarine brand.


3. YouTube is rolling out a new ‘play’ logo to its social media and app platforms, but retaining its existing identity on the desktop site.

Our most popular Tweet of the week

Our favourite Tweets of the week

Quote of the week


‘Blow bugle blow. Set the wild echoes flying.’ Lines from Tennyson’s The Splendour Falls, set to music by Benjamin Britten in the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, feature on a 50p coin released to mark the centernary of the composer’s birth.

Image of the week

Art in the toilet

Meekyoung Shin’s Toilet project takes art out of the gallery and into the bathroom. Shin has created a series of soap busts, which will ‘weather’ in time as people wash their hands with them.

Our favourite website

Fill the Silence

Fill the Silence – a website full of true facts for filling awkward pauses in conversations. Perfect for that next dinner party…

Design stories in the national press

The Guardian investigates Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman’s 40 Days of Dating project, asking ’would you have sex with a friend?’.

Nelly Ben Hayoun

Source: Neil Berrett

BBC Radio 4 enters the surreal world of experience designer Nelly Ben Hayoun , creator of the International Space Orchestra, in its Designing the Impossible programme.

The Telegraph has perhaps the best report about the Rafael Viñoly-designed Walkie Talkie tower in London, the curvature of which is creating a beam of sunlight so strong it’s melting cars. When the paper sent correspondent Harry Wallop down to investigate, the heat-ray was so intense that it set fire to his hair…

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