UK Design

Hacking Almost Everything in Amsterdam

Marleen Stikker | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Tech
Marleen Stikker

Housed in the tower of one of Amsterdam's medieval buildings is something quite unexpected--a lab full of machines, incubators, petri dishes, and microbes. It might sound like the beginning of a gothic novel, but this is just where Waag Society's open wetlab--an initiative that strives to make biotechnology more accessible--happens to operate.

As Slow as Possible as Fast as Necessary

Lara Platman | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Tech
Lara Platman

It is by some miracle that I am once again in the land that I love so much, Scotland, on this occasion, Islay. I am here to drive a selection of Land Rovers from the Series 1 of 1948 through to today's modern Defender. Why Islay though? Surely a spot nearer to home would suffice?

Going Back to the Drawing Board

Christina Dean | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Style
Christina Dean

I often feel that fashion designers don't get the respect they deserve in revolutionising not just fashion's hemlines or hues - but also its very sustainability. Designers are incredibly important. It is estimated that designers influence 80-90% of the environmental and economic costs of a product.

Expert Tips to Kick Start Your Graduate Career

Vicky Bullen | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Bullen

It is a long time since I was a graduate, but I regularly work with grads as we run a 'fellowship' graduate training programme in our business. So I asked our current grads and a few of my 'nearer graduate age' colleagues at my agency, Coley Porter Bell, what advice they would give a grad going into their first career job.

Better Than 'Blade Runner': Re-Imagining Our Cities

John O'Reilly | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Tech
John O'Reilly

Images of the city have always wielded psychological, emotional and political power. Anyone brought up on a diet of Hollywood movies and US TV shows will have had that uncanny experience as a first-time visitor to a US city - a sense of déjà vu, the feeling of being on a movie set, in a story.

Behind The Glamour: What It Really Takes To Launch A Fashion Label

Mary Benson | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mary Benson

Who would've thought that my parents buying me a sewing machine for Christmas when I was at school would one day lead to my designs appearing in Vogue alongside the likes of Gucci and Prada? I don't think anybody would have guessed I'd end up in the fashion industry. But I knew what I liked doing - even at that early age - and fashion fast became my number one passion.

Someone At Aldi Is Going To Get In Trouble For This...

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 05.09.2015 | UK

Budget supermarket chain, Aldi, has been forced to change the packaging of its gourmet crackers after social media users pointed out that the label ha...

Land Rover Whites and Wrongs

Gregor Jackson | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Tech
Gregor Jackson

Designed by Maurice Wilks, the Land Rover 'Ninety' or 'Defender' was launched in 1948 and is simply in a design class of its own. I had a neighbour...

Brain_manufacturing: The Perfect Design Based on Brain Activity

Merel Bekking | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Tech
Merel Bekking

I figured, if I really want to make something perfect, the best design in the world, I should exclude the emotions. I'll take a shortcut to perfection by using science instead of taste and personal preference. So if you would say you didn't like it, I could prove you wrong, because science sad so. Wouldn't that be nice?

How to Embrace Al Fresco Dining With Style

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 12.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Hoppen

The heat is on! Whether you have a terrace, balcony or patio - it's that time of year when you want to make this space look as amazing as your interiors. In this fantastic weather, it's only natural that you'll want to spend more time in the sun, so here are my top tips on how to get your outdoor space ready for enjoying and entertaining!

Meet The 22-Year-Old Student Changing The Face Of Mastectomy Lingerie

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Style

A soon-to-be London College of Fashion graduate has launched a beautiful range of underwear for women who have undergone mastectomies. Elle Goldie,...

This Is Where Bond Villains Go On Holiday

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Tech

Bond villains have a tough rep. Sure their ultimate goal in life is to bring about the end of the world, but actually lets think about it from their p...

Rich Pickings at New Designers 2015

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Style
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Every summer, New Designers lands at the Business Design Centre in London's Angel. And within it's walls are over 3000 graduate talents from leading design courses across the country. As a past exhibitor at New Designers myself, it's a show I return to each year to witness the new and the next.

Tech Companies at Cannes Lion Help Improve Quality of Creative

Dominic Trigg | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Tech
Dominic Trigg

Last week saw the international creative community descending on the streets (and sandy beaches) of Southern France. The Cannes Lions International Festival is a yearly celebration and showcase of the work and innovations the world's creative and advertising industries have come up with.

It's Okay Not to Be Resilient All the Time

Vicky Bullen | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Bullen

A quick straw poll of some of my friends and colleagues revealed that, whilst many of the emerging themes were common resilience themes, a real plethora of slightly unexpected techniques came through - so I thought I would share some of those.

Is Our Health at Risk: Ten Tips for Designing Healthier Cities

Rachel Cooper | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK
Rachel Cooper

Helene Joffe, Professor of Psychology at UCL, has found that most people's aspirations for living in cities are for friendlier places, with more space and the ability to travel. Generally, we want to be able to travel to see friends and family, we want conviviality, good health, safety, and employment.

So Much Is Happening!

Zandra Rhodes | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Style
Zandra Rhodes

At the moment I am back in California, designing my newest collection, Skype-ing with my London based team daily, and planning a celebration of my being "Damed" with my American friends; the party will also be celebrating the 94th birthday of my beloved Salah Hassanein.

Cancer Survivor Designs Empathy Cards She Wishes She Had Received

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Being diagnosed with cancer is inexplicably tough. But it can also be equally hard-going for those around you, who haven't got a clue what to say ...

If Ferrari Made Spaceships...

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Tech

Ferrari's design chief Flavio Manzoni has done something that literally nobody was expecting: he's designed his very own 'UFO'. Sharing his des...

Gender Equality and Diversity: Inspiring Women to Vote

Vicky Bullen | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Vicky Bullen

For me, the last couple of months there has been a lot of reflection on issues of gender equality and diversity.

What Will Happen When Facebook Controls the Internet?

Thomas Church | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Tech
Thomas Church

Facebook has successfully tested solar powered drones that will connect over a billion people to the Internet. The company will become the gateway keeper to the web, a company that both creates the pipes and controls what flows through them.

Design by the Pound

Jim Prior | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK
Jim Prior

There's no doubt in my mind that the tide is starting to turn in favour of making great design an essential component of better business and a better society. But it remains the case that such approaches are the exception rather than the rule.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

As you enter the exhibition, you are met with the face of Alexander McQueen merging into his trademark skull, which for me signified the work and the person merging into the visionary he became. Known for his legendary catwalks and theatrical style, this has been translated into exhibition form.

Present-Day Berlin Is Building Itself on the Scars of History

Tomo Taka | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tomo Taka

Reminders of World War II present themselves everywhere in Berlin. A brick line twists throughout the city's roads indicating where the Berlin Wall once stood. Checkpoint Charlie, a crossing point between the East and West, remains intact and one of the city's most popular tourist hotspots.

A GREAT Time in Shanghai

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK
Kelly Hoppen

As a GREAT campaign ambassador I feel that Great Britain and China have a phenomenal opportunity to create partnerships and business together. The festival has been a fantastic platform to build on new and existing relationships in a new economic climate. It was an honour to have the Duke of Cambridge there to be as part of this pioneering event and it makes me proud to be British!