Sean O’Connor, partner at Smart Design, looks at why more and more companies are integrating design into their businesses through buying consultancies or investing in in-house teams, and weighs up the positives and negatives of being acquired.
Researchers at Brunel University London hope the technology will be used to “stimulate innovation” by alerting designers to potential patent infringement.
The official Brexit process has begun, and the UK has until 29 March 2019 to leave the European Union. We look at how some of Theresa May’s promises will impact on the creative industries.
The company’s founder Sir James Dyson has suggested that the UK’s success will lie largely in fast-growing markets outside of Europe such as Asia.
Find out who we’ve selected to be part of our panel of expert judges and remember you have until 29 March to enter the Design Week Awards.
The tech company’s self-driving car firm Waymo is suing Uber after one of its former employees allegedly stole 14,000 confidential, registered design files.
Vapourlites has been rebranded and given new packaging by consultancy Wonderstuff, which aims to show how e-cigarettes can be a “good thing” in weaning people off tobacco cigarettes.
On 13 March, Parliament passed the EU Withdrawal Bill, meaning the Brexit process will definitely begin at the end of this month. While Theresa May’s Brexit plan aims to be empowering, outcomes for designers look bleak. We look at what the prime minister’s plan means for creative businesses.
The Design Week Awards is back with a bunch of new awards alongside old favourites to recognise the growing breadth and integration of the industry. It’s time to get entering.
The Finnish tech company has accused Apple of copying 32 of its patented technologies, including design features such as user interfaces and displays.
Organisation Anti-Copying in Design (ACID) has urged Government to create new laws which will better protect designers’ work once the UK loses access to EU laws.
The Unified Patent Court Agreement would mean UK designers who hold a patent are still able to protect their work from being illegally copied by companies in other countries.
British American Tobacco (BAT) and others appealed Parliament’s decision to remove individual designs from cigarette packets in May, but have lost their case.
A change to copyright law means that fake versions of classic design icons such as Ray and Charles Eames’ chairs will stop being sold from 28 January 2017 onwards.
Last week, Los Angeles-based illustrator Tuesday Bassen accused clothes retail giant Zara of copying her illustrations without permission. Design Week columnist Ben Tallon speaks about the dangers for independent artists and the difficulties of protecting your work.
The UK public has voted for Leave in the EU referendum, with a 52% majority – we summarise what this could spell for the design industry.
A change to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act will mean that designers’ work will be protected for 70 years after they die – as long as their designs qualify as being Works of Artistic Craftsmanship.
The EU Court of Justice has upheld a law to remove unique brand design from cigarette packets, rejecting a challenge from tobacco giants including British Imperial Tobacco and Philip Morris International to stop it.
The kids’ ride-on luggage brand Trunki has lost its appeal that similar brand Kiddee had copied the product, on the basis that design rights are “intended to protect designs not ideas”.
Four major tobacco companies, including British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco, are challenging the government’s proposal to introduce generic “dull brown” cigarette packaging with a week-long court hearing.