Archive for July, 2013

We asked for some top tips for those looking to break into the design industry.


‘Rather than give advice I’d tell them what I did upon graduating.


• Found any junior designer role at a decent London studio
• Used living in London as a way of being closer to the studio I really wanted to work for
• Repeatedly contacted the ‘dream’ studio by:
– Calling them to say hi
– Hand-delivering press clippings of their work when it appeared in Design Week (there was no email)
– Just so happening to drink in their local pub and ‘bump’ into them

Within three months of me being in London they needed a junior designer and I had put myself in the right place for consideration. Either that or they thought they couldn’t get rid of me so they might as well employ me. I left my first job and went to work for them for three fantastic years before founding 1977 Design. And no, I’m not saying which is my local pub.’

Paul Bailey, partner, 1977 Design


‘Start early. While still in our second year at Goldsmiths in between internships (which are also invaluable) my colleagues and myself won opportunity to exhibit an installation for free during London Design Week by entering competitions online. This gave us some really good exposure and laid the foundation for us to continue working both together and independently on projects today. It was also a really good opportunity for us to start building a network of contacts that we still work with today.’

Chris Waggott, multidisciplinery designer


‘In the words of Anthony Burrill, “Work Hard And Be Nice To People”. It’s what makes the difference.’

Nick Couch, founder, Deskcamping


’The graduates of 2013 are fortunate to be stretching their wings in a year (backed up by the DW Top 100 survey) that finds the design sector genuinely bullish and more confident than it has been for many a year. This, combined with a fantastic display of talent at this year’s degree shows, and certainly backed up by winners of our very own DB awards, means 2013 could be a bit of a vintage year. My advice to our industry’s new blood is to really seize this moment, and go for it. Keep the momentum and energy up that has gone into your degree show and contact away. Realise this is a highly competitive world. Thoroughly research into the agencies you admire, not just creative output but culture and philosophy, don’t just turn up with your folder knowing little about the company. An inspiring presentation of your best work is key, but show us your sketchbooks and talk through your insights and creative sparks that got you to the final piece. You will be judged not only on your work ,but your attitude and keenness to listen and learn. We will all be investing time and effort into coaching and helping you to grow. If you do manage to get a foot in the door, remember the ancient craft of tea making is still vitally important!’

Graham Shearsby, group creative director, Design Bridge


’Enter every competition you can, and apply to exhibit your stuff at all the shows – New Blood, New Designers, etc. Those are the shows that can get you clients, and kick start your design career. Make the most from the contacts you make. Cultivate them, and build relationships. Always be friendly, and don’t sit on your arse waiting for things to happen – you have to create your own opportunities.’

Zaha Hadid buys The Design Museum

Posted by | July 16, 2013 | blog

The Design Museum’s current Shad Thames home

It is understood that the building will be used to store Hadid’s archive, as well as hosting architectural exhibitions.

The Design Museum will move from Shad Thames to its new home at the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington High Street, west London, in late 2015.

The Conran Foundation, which paid for the museum’s original design and construction, owns the Shad Thames Lease, and the proceeds of the site’s sale will be used towards the new museum’s construction.

Design Museum view

A visualisation of the Design Museum’s new Commonwealth Institute home

Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, says, ‘Whilst we are sad to be leaving Shad Thames we are leaving the building in the best possible hands, the sale is a significant moment in the museum’s relocation plans and a substantial contribution towards our new home.’

Zaha Hadid says, ‘This important acquisition of the Shad Thames site will preserve its significance and we look forward to the future use and occupation of the building.’

Design Week Survey

Posted by | July 4, 2013 | blog

The design industry and the wider economy may have changed significantly since we last ran a Top 100 consultancies survey in 2011, but there is one major theme that seems to remain – some very impressive growth figures across all design sectors.

The consultancies returning to the Top 100 – of which there were 63 – posted an average fee income growth of 30 per cent over the two years. This is boosted by some spectacular individual results. Design Bridge, Pearlfisher, 20.20 and Taxi Studio all saw fee-income grow by more than 100 per cent in the period, while packaging specialist Equator Design saw a jaw-dropping 294 per cent growth, taking it to number 12 in the table up from 64.

Equator’s growth is due to a merger in May 2012 with Manchester-based GJ Creative, to form a specialist packaging company under the Equator banner. The unified company, which has offices in the UK, Ireland, the USA and Australia, counts Aldi, The Co-operative Group and Morrisons among its clients.

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