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68, 72, 84, 2012?

Will designers remember London’s Olympics as fondly as they do those of Mexico, Munich and LA? Not without an improved tendering process and a creative director, says Mark Sinclair

Fubsy. Griseous. Cacotopia. Yestreen…

All these words may seem familiar, but what do they mean? Can you think of the last time you heard them? It’s unlikely that they would have come up in any recent conversation as these are ‘endangered’ words – utterances that are so under-used that they risk falling out of the dictionary and being lost forever

Food for thought

In a unique role reversal, design studio Thoughtful is undertaking a placement within Stockport college

The Art Of Lost Words

text/gallery is a new experimental showcase for art and design projects inspired by the printed and written word, according to its website. The brainchild of curator Rebecca Pohancenik of Studio Zwei, text/gallery has opened its first exhibition entitled The Art Of Lost Words this week at London’s German Gymnasium which promises to showcase “new design and illustration inspired by language’s forgotten words”…

Freehand Anonymous

Detail from I Would Save Freehand print for ifyoucould.co.uk by tDR
I discovered recently that this (allegedly) high-tech industry of ours is populated by a whole

tranche of designers who are quietly hanging on to an old, obsolete piece of drawing software writes Michael Johnson. They know they shouldn’t, they get ridiculed for it, but they can’t help it. A piece of software that has been ever-present for decades has proved a tough habit to crack. Like the beginning of an AA meeting where people stand and admit that they’re hardened drinkers, it’s time to stand up and say that “my name is Michael and, yes, I do still use Freehand”…

Me, myself and I

Why do graphic designers find themselves so fascinating?
Michael Johnson investigates the new wave of ‘me-projects’

Barrels of Art

In an unusual commission, the Glenfiddich distillery in Scotland approached design studio johnson banks to create a series of artworks illustrating the length of time it takes for their single malt whiskies to mature in the barrel. Following on from a similar initiative last year (where five different designers were each given a barrel to work with), johnson banks looked to the function of each part of the barrel to make a series of sculptures based on the five differently aged Glenfiddich whiskies. The results are on show this week in Glasgow.

Any Better?

Johnson Banks’ LoGoReDo project takes an existing logo and cheekily attempts to improve it. This week, they’ve had a go at BT

Friday Round-Up

Weak Buttocks, a mouse, what’s really in hot dogs and a clever calendar: A little shot of inspiration for your Friday morning drawn from recent projects sent in to the CR offices.

Creatives Fly The Flag For D&AD… But Dempsey Wonders Why

In order to provide imagery for the divider pages of this year’s D&AD Annual, Fabrica (who are designing the Annual this year) invited creatives around the world to take a picture featuring a D&AD flag. The flags were sent out in a pack giving detailed instructions on the brief and how to submit images, the best of which are featured in the 2007 D&AD Annual, out on 4 September. Former D&AD President and founder of CDT Design, Mike Dempsey, however, used his opportunity to point out that perhaps this wasn’t the most environmentally sound exercise they could have come up with…