UK Design

The Most Important Thing You Can Create Is Your Own Life

Ian Spero | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Spero

To me the most important thing you create is arguably your own life. When we talk about a creation we mean something which is unique, something which is purposeful and meaningful; something which is large and substantial.

The Bum Craze of the Modern World

Liza Bel | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Liza Bel

Since the arse-liberating trend began in the 90s, we have become incredibly open-minded about revealing our bottoms, yet extremely prejudiced about how they should look like - size, tan, firmness, roundness... Everybody seems to have a vision of how a perfect bottom should look like - nobody is indifferent.

The RSA Student Design Awards Celebrate Ninety Years of Innovation

Hannah Gal | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Gal

Through inspiring briefs and a constructive collaboration with the private sector, the SDAs have over the years produced highly relevant, often groundbreaking work, which in turn have led to the awards being recognised as one of the creative industry's most highly regarded sources of new talent.

Taking Off My Fashion 'L Plates'

Caitlin Charles-Jones | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caitlin Charles-Jones

When I was choosing my GCSEs at school I remember thinking (very naively... naturally) "what can I choose that will help me get into the best fashion schools in the country?" That seemed to be the recurring question at every crossroads of my education and as I progressed the reality became more and more clear: this was going to be tough...

Terrifying Diamond Robot Cuts Through Marble Like Butter

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Tech

When robots eventually become sentient (and they will) this is the robot we'll need to make sure is well and truly locked away in a giant vault made o...

You Will NEVER Guess What These Dresses And Tuxedos Are Made From

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We've seen wedding dresses made out of bog roll and suits fashioned out of newspaper but this takes the Oscar for the most outstanding, crafty outfits...

7 Business Lessons From Designer Paul Smith

Maite Baron | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK
Maite Baron

Paul's worked in a men's clothing wholesalers, but his real passion was cycling and he hoped to be a professional racing cyclist. When he was 17, he had an accident that put an end to this ambition. While in hospital, he made friends with some 'arty types' and his life had just taken him in an entirely new and unexpected direction.

The New Intellectual Property Act 2014 Criminalises Copying of Designs

Andrew Tibber | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Tibber

After being trailed in the Queen's Speech last year on 8 May 2013, the Intellectual Property Act has received Royal Assent, and become law, just over a year later on 14 May 2014.

Seven Business Lessons from Yves Saint Laurent

Maite Baron | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Maite Baron

It was Saturday, cold for the time of year, so at the last minute I changed my mind about going to Borough Market and decided to go to the picture...

Happy Birthday to the Cartier Foundation

Karen Ruimy | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Karen Ruimy

I have long been an admirer of the work of the Cartier Foundation. Now as we are able to look back at thirty years of this most inspired organisation, we can truly see the incredible vision of its founder Alain Dominique Perrin, its director Hervé Chandez and the hard work of my dear (and sadly departed) friend Sylvie Dumas who for many years provided the financial structure to enable the foundation to commission art without any boundaries.

Side Street Style's Top Picks From Cardiff

Laura Schwormstedt | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Schwormstedt

Last week was very exciting indeed as I was invited to take part in an Inspiration Day at Cardiff HomeSense. A lovely table with all sorts of yummy ...

It's More Than Gorgeous - Top Picks From Manchester

Sian Astley | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Astley

I had a great afternoon down at my local HomeSense, choosing my Top Picks and helping shoppers solve their interior design & home buy dilemmas, finding myself rummaging through treasures to find 'on trend' bargains and helping design savvy clients select the perfect partnering items for challenging rooms.

Playing on the World's Stage

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

At the Crafts Council we believe that it's absolutely vital that we not only have a strong relationship with the craft organisations of other nations but that we also make sure we're exporting the products, skills and ideas of the best of the UK's makers to new places, opening up new opportunities and showing the world quite how good we are at making things.

Turning A Yard Yawn Into A Party Patio In Five Easy Steps

Sian Astley | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Astley

My HomeSense & Huffington Post challenge was to turn a dark, dingy Yard Yawn to an exciting, vibrant Party Patio during the course of a sunny Spring afternoon and it's now somewhere that the young couple who live there, Helen and Ben, can relax in, have fun and enjoy with friends.

Interior Trends SS14 - Rich Pickings

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

The sun has arrived, and a new light is cast into our homes, calling for a fresh look at our interiors. Similar to fashion, it's unlikely that many of us can get a whole new wardrobe each season, so it is all about ways of updating our spaces with small accessories - and perhaps a few big splurges along the way!

Solving A Reader's Challenge: The Issue With Lighting A Dark Room

Fritha Strickland | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fritha Strickland

With the only access to direct sunlight through the adjoining kitchen she wanted to know what she could do to brighten up the area without a major overhaul. We talked about the colour palette that would work best and were drawn to bright pinks, golds and turquoises to complement the other features in the room.

Simplifying the Complicated World of Design Thinking

Colin Hunter | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK
Colin Hunter

As part of an ongoing effort to add insight into some of the most successful business tomes, I am pulling my favourite leadership books off the shelf and giving them another worthwhile read.

How Do You Get Into the Creative Industries?

Paul Stafford | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Paul Stafford

The question 'How do you get into the Creative Industry?' has been asked over and over again, usually around graduation time. I'm sure there are a thousand different answers, but the reality is that there is no hard and fast rule.

Top 10 Learnings from Designs of the Year 2014

Jonathan Hall | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK
Jonathan Hall

The Designs of the Year awards and exhibition at London's Design Museum offers plenty of food for thought for marketers.

iPhone Designer Leaves Apple After 'Falling Out'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Tech

One of the original designers of the iPhone has left Apple after a reported "falling out" with design chief Jony Ive. Greg Christie, Apple's VP of ...

Faisana Fashion Weekend: Celebrating Indo-Pakistani Design

Ben Mirza | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Mirza

The majority of these designers at the Faisana Fashion Weekend have been working in the industry for over 20 years; they have been instrumental in kick starting the rise of South Asian fashion on the global stage.

Elite 100 Restaurants in the World Ranking Shows How Design Matters

Tomo Taka | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tomo Taka

Design matters, and fine dining is catching on. Customers want more than just food at restaurants. They seek an experience - it's not just what's on the plate. Quality of food remains at the heart of fine dining.

As the Creative Economy Thrives, Art and Design Disappears From Schools

Nigel Carrington | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Nigel Carrington

Arts and design are sometimes seen as nice to have but not essential, especially when compared to "hard" science and maths disciplines; it is difficult to imagine that chemistry, physics and biology would ever be banded together in this way on the basis that they are all science.

We All Must Own the Places We Live In

Sir Terry Farrell | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK
Sir Terry Farrell

The architecture profession and the planning system must open up to all.

The Tattoo Revolution

Mandy Townsend | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Townsend

Tattoos are still under attack from the public even though there an estimated 20 million tats in Britain. Mandy Townsend believes it's time to rebel against this age old prejudice