The week in design

Our most-read stories of the week



1. Volvo has updated its identity with the launch of its new XC90 vehicle.


2. Arab pop culture history is being opened up through film posters and other printed ephemera in a new ICA show.

Google Glass

Source: Erica Joy

3. The founder of Italian eyewear giant Luxottica, which is developing new Google Glass models, says he would not wear the product in its current form.

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Image of the week


An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historic rights-free images, uploaded to Flickr, including these lovely cats.

Quote of the week

Tom Karen

‘I was pleased and Ford probably saved more money than the salary I was paid (about £800pa.)’ Tom Karen is one of several designers who tell us about the first thing they designed that went into production – in his case a money-saving badge for the Ford Anglia.

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Over at you can get a (completely unofficial) font based on artist David Shrigley’s handwriting. Yours for the price of a Tweet to @Andy_Leek.

Design stories in the national press

The City of Toronto pulled this clever anti-littering campaign over trademark infringement concerns. The Globe and Mail reports.


The Sydney Morning Herald used Comic Sans on its front page. Executive editor Matt Martel defends the decision.

The Daily Mail clears up confusion around the iCloud, pointing out to readers that it’s ‘not an actual cloud’. The Guardian has more.

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