The Design Museum has announced the finalists of its annual Design Ventura scheme, which gets teenagers aged 13-16 across the UK to pitch ideas for new products, one of which
We delve into the design industry with longer reads, exclusive interviews, opinion pieces and news-in-depth.
From controversial opinions on “design thinking” to the most influential female designers from the last 100 years, we look back at our most popular long-reads of 2018.
Our picks of books, prints and stationery, products and tech, children’s gifts and other fun things to buy for the design enthusiast in your life this year.
We look back at our most popular stories across branding, logos and identities from the last year, many of which caused a stir — both good and bad.
Are you (mulled) spicing up your offices for the Christmas season? Send us in photos of your décor, and we’ll publish the best ones in the lead up to the
Pantone has made a name for itself as a colour trend-setter, telling the world it knows what shade will dominate everything from fashion and packaging, to art and furniture the
The three-day, Ireland-based conference is now in its 10th year, and will feature a line-up of political illustrators, graphic designers, advertising agencies and film directors.
The home rental company has launched Backyard, a new project that will see a team of designers and architects create homes that aim to reduce landfill waste.
From gingerbread cities to debates around gender inequality in the creative industries, we round up some of the top design things to see and do this month.
The Core Innovation Hub is a new fund that will see technology such as virtual reality and drones used to change how homes, hospitals and schools are designed and built.
Set designer Es Devlin is among the recipients of the top accolade, which recognises individuals who are “rethinking design for positive social, economic and environmental impact”.
An exhibition at the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft looks to share the story of architect, graphic designer and illustrator Max Gill, who throughout the 20th century, designed London
The Scottish Design Galleries at the recently opened museum in Dundee aim to shine a light on the impact and legacy of design in Scotland.
The permanent gallery, which includes more
New research has found both roles bring in an average annual income of £37,500 and have also been chosen among the 10 most desirable freelance jobs.
The university’s latest annual financial report shows that 50% of income for its design departments goes to staff wages, while 10% goes to student equipment and materials.
The North London shopping destination, which opened last month, is the culmination of a four-year architectural and design project completed by Heatherwick Studio, featuring clothes brands, restaurants, gyms, open spaces
A Which? survey of over 10,000 people recently found that homebase.co.uk is the worst online retailer, while brands such as skincare company Liz Earle and electronics shop
The prime minister revealed the first draft of the UK’s withdrawal agreement from the EU on 14 November, to much controversy and speculation from her peers. We analyse the policies
MinaLima, the graphic design duo behind the Harry Potter film series, has created all the enchanting props that are due to appear in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of
“Living with less”, “living with others” and “living on the move” are some of the themes in the new show at the Design Museum delving into future visions of the
The organisation, which lobbies to get more women into design leadership roles, has been based in London for the last three years, but has now also opened branches in Liverpool
Mike Foster, creative director at studio Straight Forward Design, talks about his experiences designing for femcare range Betty, and offers his advice on how to break the silence and challenge
Wyn Jones, creative director at Design Reality, wants an official stamp of approval for product and industrial design courses to be introduced in the form of an accreditation badge, to
We took a trip to the Designers’ Open festival in East German city, Leipzig, where designers, studios, illustrators and craftspeople showcased and sold their work.
From trails of illuminated installations to exhibitions looking at the homes of the future, here are some of our top picks to look out for this month.
The Echt Alt exhibition – otherwise known as Original Old – took place at this year’s Designers’ Open in Leipzig, Germany, and showcased how designers from across the world are
Industry leaders and financial experts share their views on a Budget which has some benefits for design businesses but fails to recognise the value of the creative industries.
Phaidon’s new book Design for Children explores products, toys, furniture, bikes and more created for babies, toddlers and children over the last 100 years. We speak to author Kimberlie Birks,
Ideas at the Orgatec trade fair in Cologne, Germany, include a super-flexible space, a shared space by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and a company home.
The new space is opening to the public and features dozens of bespoke shops, bars, restaurants and designer-maker studios set inside former railway buildings.
With speakers including 2012 Olympics installation designer Kate Dawkins, DesignStudio’s Ben Wright and Kaye Dunnings of Glastonbury’s Shangri-La, there were plenty of top tips being shared at Design Manchester’s D(isrupt)M
Matt Cruickshank is art director at Google and part of the Doodles team, which, for the last 20 years, has regularly transformed the well-known Google logo to respond to landmark
The exhibition, which has opened at the SVA Gallery in New York, uses graphic art by illustrators and cartoonists to explore some of the most controversial and polarising issues of
This month, head to Manchester for a city-wide design extravaganza, delve into the world of Roald Dahl and read all about the history of graphic design.
Exhibitions, print fairs and a room full of giant bees are among our picks of the best events to get down to at this year’s Northern extravaganza.
As World Mental Health Day takes place this week, we speak to designers, freelance creatives and illustrators about their experiences of mental illness or issues, and ask
The Government has confirmed that the same immigration rules will apply to EU citizens as to other international workers following Brexit, meaning more visas, salary restrictions and red tape. We
Stavro, who is creative director at Spain-based studio Atlas, is the second woman to be made a partner at Pentagram’s London office, alongside Marina Willer.
The free show features over 30 artworks that were removed from the London museum’s political exhibition Hope to Nope, after it hosted an event by an arms company in July.
City life editor at Time Out, James Manning, tells Design Week the stories behind some of the most interesting covers from the past 50 years.
From colourful, decorative wall-tape aimed at renters through to a way to capture memories of lost loved ones – we round-up some of the best exhibition stalls at this year’s
From 20-23 September, London’s Designjunction takes place on the South of the River Thames, and will see installations, exhibitions, talks and its well-known fair spread across three venues including Doon
The new Victoria and Albert Museum opens to the public this weekend – we explore the grand space, which looks to spotlight Scottish design while also holding its own among
Design Week is giving away one pair of Platinum Pass tickets to the famous trade show, where everything from graphic prints, designer stationery and jewellery through to furniture will be
From a giant, poetry-reading lion in Trafalgar Square through to multi-coloured alphabet chairs – here are the large-scale installations you should go see at this year’s LDF.
From celebrating late designer Jon Daniel’s work in showcasing black creativity through to exploring 40 countries’ installations at London Design Biennale, here’s the exhibitions and shows to catch at this
Now in its second year, the huge exhibition at Somerset House sees 40 countries create pavilions that respond to the theme of Emotional States. We sum up this year’s best
This month, you can immerse yourself in all-things design at London Design Festival 2018, take a trip to Dundee to visit the impressive new V&A museum, or head to a
Amos Rex is Finland’s latest large-scale cultural space, covering five floors that will showcase traditional and contemporary art and design. We speak to JKMM Architects about its peculiar domed structure
The creative director has curated an exhibition that pairs up the work of contemporary designers with historic artists to mark the cultural contributions of women in the 20th and 21st
The Creative Industries Federation has put together a guide offering businesses advice on how to tackle Brexit, if the UK is to leave the EU in March 2019 without a
The museum’s new exhibition Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt explores the contemporary world of gaming, looking at how they are designed, how they captivate players, and the social and ethical issues surrounding them.
This week the Royal Mail began trialing a new postbox, heralding the first major design change in its 160-year history, prompting us to look at how it has developed.
We speak to Kelly Mackenzie, founding director at White Bear Studio, about new initiative SHAPE, how hard it is to break into the industry without connections, and the need to
Figures show that 103,655 students took maths this year, while 51,900 took art, design and technology subjects.
Visit an interactive installation inspired by the Windrush Generation at Somerset House, head to Stockholm for a design festival and more this month.
The founder at creative networking platform and jobs site The Dots talks about why art and design skills should not be reserved for the middle class, and
The annual design fair and exhibition, which takes place during London Design Festival, is moving from King’s Cross to South Bank this year, and has announced a host of exhibitors
We speak to Stacey Hunter, curator at Made in Glasgow, which is showcasing and selling the work of independent designers from the city, including risograph prints, scarves, home products and
A third of the exhibits in the political graphics show have been returned to the original designers after they requested their work back following the museum’s decision to host a
McCann London has launched the Visability93 campaign to change perceptions around disability, and raise awareness of the millions of people worldwide living with conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer’s,
The National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA) was first thought up in the 1980s to celebrate the work of creative people with disabilities, and now spans
Over 30 artists, designers and activists have signed a letter to have their work pulled from the museum’s current political graphic design exhibition Hope to Nope, after it hosted a
Research shows that over half of designers have been to university, compared to a third of the UK workforce on a whole. We chat to Hilary Chittenden, senior foundation manager
Hunt has set up a new initiative which will see 60 objects from the V&A’s collections travel to regional museums in the Midlands and North of England, in a bid
On 13 July, tens of thousands of protesters marched the streets of Central London imploring prime minister Theresa May to “Dump Trump”, as the US president made
Ex-Design Council CEO John Mathers and creative director Bill Wallsgrove have co-founded a branding consultancy, which will look to improve the creative image and strategy of charities to help them
The charity has published its second Design Economy report, which looks at the value of the industry and who makes it up. While design contributes £85bn to the economy, there
D&AD’s annual student and graduate awards sees 194 recipients of its coveted pencil prizes this year, with a campaign for the housing crisis taking the top spot.
The South London museum has opened the World Gallery, a new space filled with thousands of trinkets from across the world, some of which are thousands of years old, from
As football fever continues to sweep the globe, we ask designers to tell us about their favourite ever World Cup designs, from branding and posters to kits and promotional videos.
Read about the state of the design industry, check out graduate work at D&AD New Blood Festival and head to Newcastle for the Great Exhibition of the North.
Publisher Gestalten has released Newspaper Design, a new book delving into editorial graphics from around the world. We speak to featured graphic designer Mark Porter, former creative
Lab100 is a test medical clinic and research laboratory that is using artificial intelligence to analyse patients’ information and give them a thorough run-down of their future health prospects –
Key players in the V&A Dundee’s delivery speak of the museum’s international remit as well as its responsibility in showcasing the history and future of Scottish design.
The Government recently announced it will roll out creative and design T-levels in 2021, vocational alternatives to A-levels, which include three-month work placements and focus on practical
A new £4 million initiative will see four design concepts created that aim to help patients with long-term conditions including cancer and mental health issues, as well as improve GP
A full rundown revealing all the winners from last night across every design category, plus our Best of Show, Rising Star and Hall of Fame inductees.
City Identities is a new exhibition at this year’s London Festival of Architecture that explores branding created for cities across the world. Curated by Place Press, the publishing house delves
This week is national Refugee Week, a seven-day series of art, film, music and theatre events celebrating the contributions of refugees to the UK. We mark the
Despite the Government’s focus on science, creative jobs are far less likely to be automated in the future – so why is the arts faculty being neglected in schools? asks
A survey by recruitment agency Aquent/Vitamin T has found that 96% of creative and marketing professionals will leave a job within five years, citing the main reason as lack of
Production company Noah Media Group is behind the opening titles, animations and on-screen graphics for this year’s World Cup – we speak to art director Kim Teddy about how traditional
Spending too much time scrolling has been found to have negative effects on mental and physical health, with social media use shown to increase anxiety and depression in young people.
Craig Oldham is behind the designs for a new publishing venture from record label and indie record shop group Rough Trade, creating pamphlet-like designs that deliberately fly in the face
Research has found that mental health issues are prevalent for those working creative jobs, because of lack of career stability, low self-confidence, poor pay and more. Aifric Lennon, a researcher
Print! Tearing It Up at Somerset House delves into 300 magazines from the 1900s to the present day. Co-curator Paul Gorman speaks to us about protest and activism in non-mainstream
Recently, Susanne Malim, founder at branded clothing supplier Jermyn Street Design, stumbled across uniform designs that her team had created 30 years ago for the likes of Pepsi and Honda.
Dulwich Picture Gallery curator James Russell introduces some definitive pieces by Edward Bawden who is the subject of a summer exhibition of his work as a printmaker, illustrator, watercolourist and
A three-month celebration of Northern culture, art and design is set to hit Newcastle and Gateshead this month – we round-up the events that you will want to get down
The What Clients Think 2018 report delves into clients’ thoughts when choosing which design studios to hire, and has shown that they value commercial success over endless show-reels of creative
This month you can see the work of 3,000 budding creatives at New Designers, visit the first ever Birmingham Design Festival and read about some of the most influential women
A new book written by ex-Design Museum curator Libby Sellers profiles 25 past and present influential designers, from Ray Eames to Es Devlin, and aims to provide some much-needed insight
The Frontiers of Design has been produced by New York-based studio Doberman, and features short interviews with 20 influential designers, sharing their views on topics such as diversity, ethics, the
The Northern institution, which was previously a college and was granted university status last year, has topped the Guardian’s league tables for 2019.
FixCamp is a three-week programme in Brixton, South London, that will teach young people about everything from 3D-printing to how to work in a team, and hopes to involve locals
The Association of Illustrators recently launched its #priceitright campaign, to encourage creatives to demand the right fees – the organisation shares its advice for freelancers.
A show at the Lettering Arts Centre in Suffolk will delve into the art of alphabets, tracing the history of communication design from ancient symbols to the sophisticated systems we
This year’s week-long celebration of design will see installations by Kellenberger-White, Studio Frith and Waugh Thistleton Architects, plus a refined, “playful” visual identity by Pentagram’s Domenic Lippa.
The British Dyslexia Association has put out guidelines that aim to encourage designers, businesses and teachers to consider those who struggle with reading and writing when making typeface, colour, spacing
Print your own tote bag, delve into film graphics and learn about the future of plastics at this year’s East London design festival, taking place 22-24 May.
Young designers should be taught to think critically rather than waste time learning how to time-manage and compile spreadsheets, says Miranda Bolter, design director at Superunion.
Publisher GraphicDesign& has published Hope to Nope, a new book examining the complicated relationship between graphics and politics. We speak to the co-editor about protest, power and design’s ability to
Glamour was founded in 1939 as a high-end, glossy magazine focused on the lives of celebrities. Still in print today and having just rolled out a new look, we speak
Research from studio Michon suggests that design students lack practical skills, and makes suggestions on how businesses can better equip them for working life.
A new exhibition at the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft celebrates the life and work of American nun-turned-artist Corita Kent, who challenged the Catholic church with bold graphics and
The annual exhibition sees anonymous designers, artists and illustrators create record sleeve artworks that are then sold for £50 each for a chosen charity, which will be Mind this year.
Graphic designer Tom Hingston has partnered with Paul Smith on a new retrospective show of record sleeve art, along with a new clothing collaboration.
Territory Studio is behind the graphics for the 2017 sequel to cult classic film Blade Runner, originally released in 1982. At this year’s D&AD Festival, executive creative director David Sheldon-Hicks
This month, you can look forward to four weeks’ worth of events and activities as part of Dundee Design Month, head to OFFF conference in Barcelona and delve into the
In light of World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD) 2018, we ask designers and IP professionals their advice for graduates on how to protect their work from copyright
A new book from Phaidon takes a journey through time to explore the humble chair, from pieces by Ray and Charles Eames and the Bouroullec brothers to 16th century relics.
Standards Manual’s latest crowdfunder charts the emoji’s meteoric rise from a series of simple picture characters created in Japan in the 1990s to a global phenomenon. The publisher’s founders Jesse
We’ve picked out the design winners from the 721 pencils handed out at the D&AD Awards, where the most awarded designers this year were consultancy Jones Knowles Ritchie and the
Speaking at this year’s D&AD Festival in London, the graphic designer talks about the weird and wonderful world of Wes, brutal 8am starts and why her job felt like “playing
Wayne Hemingway considers what it means to help build communities and boost local economies as a designer, as well as looking beyond the bottom line.
Creative director Jenny Theolin and studio Rehab have launched a new platform that will name design businesses which treat their junior employees well through “positive” reviews, rather than a “black-list”
The 30 shortlisted designs for this year’s Loewe Craft Prize will go on display at the museum this May, and the overall winner will be awarded €50,000.
The shortlist of 200 illustrators has been whittled down from over 3,000 entries, and will go on display at Somerset House in June.
A new research project by Thomas.Matthews and students from the RCA is aiming to “continue the conversation” about sustainability in the publishing industry.
The latest research from the Design Council and Social Change UK highlights the health and economic benefits of making neighbourhoods more walkable and designing houses that don’t leave people feeling
From a fully functional American diner through to Google’s unnerving house showing how technology has taken over our lives, we round up our favourites from this year’s Italian design festival.
Research conducted into the diversity of the creative industries shows the sector on the whole to be hard to access for ethnic minorities, women and those from low-income backgrounds.
Returning to East London’s Old Truman Brewery, this year’s D&AD Festival boasts a line-up of speakers that includes graphic designer Craig Oldham and Pentagram’s Naresh Ramchandani. Here, we pick out
The annual Lexus Design Award, part of Milan Design Week, sees four finalists create concepts that aim to tackle world issues such as pollution, waste and recycling. We look at
Last week, we wrote about a new book by US graphic designer Bonnie Siegler called Dear Client, This Book Will Teach You How to Get What you Want From
Hagit Kaufman, vice president of design and branding at Wix, looks at what will happen in web design this year and beyond.
From an exhibition of Vitra products and prototypes on display in an old sports hall, to the latest urban living-inspired installation from Mini Living, we round up the best bits
As Phaidon releases a new book featuring over 300 Soviet products and other designs dating from the 1950s, we speak to Moscow Design Museum founder and director Alexandra Sankova about
Following the online forum being given a new look by its in-house design team, we speak to Diego Perez about what they were trying to achieve with the redesign, and
As the designer releases his new book featuring honest advice for students and graduates trying to break into the industry, he explains why portfolios aren’t the be all and end
The museum’s Capital Design event this month will see its Acton, West London depot open to the public for a series of transport design-inspired talks, tours and displays.
Research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that women in graphic design get paid 6% less than men, while female product and clothing designers get paid 18% less.
A new book from US-based graphic designer Bonnie Siegler looks to demystify the design process for clients and teach them how to communicate and work with creative people effectively.
Speaking at Offset Dublin, the design director of the New York Times Magazine talked about the merits of putting time and effort into print, why superimposing images in Photoshop is
Pentagram partner Natasha Jen recently lambasted the term “design thinking” as “bullshit”, “jargon” and “extremely dangerous”. Designers share their thoughts on the concept and discuss whether teaching design skills
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced its plans to invest in the UK’s creative industries with a new wave of funding but has focused on
The Design Museum’s new show delves into the last 10 years of turbulent political events, and reveals how design has played a role in persuading, uniting and angering the public.
This month, you can look forward to D&AD Festival, visit Milan Design Week and delve into a new book on the visual history of the Soviet Union.
Speaking at this year’s Offset Dublin, Moving Brands’ creative director Sean Murphy talks on how he got to where he is today, why he hates the internet’s pedantic scrutiny of
A new exhibition at the Lettering Arts Centre in Suffolk explores the design processes, personal collections and work of typography and graphics legend Wolpe, who designed the Albertus typeface and
Nearly 200 students and 50 staff within the university’s Schools of Art and Humanities have expressed concerns that cutting academic modules could affect students’ career prospects and put tutors out
The celebrated American graphic designer Milton Glaser has compiled a book of over 400 of his posters from the last six decades. We speak to him about the new publication,
The Double or Nothing initiative will see best practice guidelines that design businesses worldwide can stick to, with the aim of breaking down career progression barriers for women.
Questions from the audience during a pitch or presentation are almost guaranteed to raise anxiety levels among designers. John Scarrott, trainer and coach for design businesses, outlines a five-step process
NME has decided to stop printing after 66 years – a period which gave rise to many different looks as it tried to both react to and set the music
Speaking at this year’s Design Indaba, Pentagram partner Natasha Jen makes her feelings on business buzzwords, simplistic flow diagrams and sticky note brainstorm sessions very clear, insisting that the concept
On International Women’s Day, we take a look at the work of 10 up-and-coming designers across graphics and illustration, exhibitions, products, digital design and more.
On International Women’s Day, we ask designers and industry figureheads what the biggest issues are for women in design and how we can begin to solve them.
Tom Dixon, founder at his self-named furniture design studio, has made a brand for himself selling everything from lighting to chairs and stationery. Speaking with Design Week at Design Indaba,
The QS World University Rankings compares 950 universities worldwide across different subjects, and has named the RCA as the most prestigious place to take art and design in 2018.
There’s still time to look back at your best work from the last year and enter the Design Week Awards, as we’re now giving you until 4th April. Here’s how
What’s in a brand? Paul Bailey, strategy director at We Launch, argues that a company’s character is made up of so much more than its logo, from its sound to
This month, you can visit design festival Offset in Dublin, and explore the work of the late German typographer Berthold Wolpe at a new exhibition in Suffolk.
Find out from one of last year’s winners Method what winning a Design Week Award can do for your business.
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) has recently opened in Cape Town, South Africa. Speaking at this year’s Design Indaba, Thomas Heatherwick runs through how his studio designed
As a new book is released profiling over 30 creatives and studios making the most exciting album art today, we ask author John Foster to pick out his favourite established
We speak to the book’s author Theo Deutinger about how architecture and design can be used as forms of oppression, with examples as varied as crowd control plans during protests
Made in North Korea: Graphics from Everyday Life in the DPRK is a new show on at London’s House of Illustration that looks to show the regularity of people’s lives
A new book celebrating the visual history of British wrestling is soon to be published if it hits its crowdfunding target – freelance illustrator Ben Tallon reflects on how the
As T magazine unveils its new look under the editorial direction of novelist Hanya Yanagihara, we speak to creative director Patrick Li about the design’s greater “sense of urgency”, and