Manchester, Home of the Cagoule

Manchester, Home of the Cagoule

A few weeks ago saw the doors open to Patagonia’s first brand destination in the UK. Their move follows that of fellow outdoor brand Fjallraven, the Swedish label having also selected Manchester as the location for its first UK store. So why Manchester? It has a reputation for being cold and wet and has a strong tradition of big coat culture….makes perfect sense.

Outsiders - A Sustainable Story

Outsiders - A Sustainable Story

Last week we were invited to give a talk at BRE about sustainable retail design. BRE is a world leading multi-disciplinary building science centre with a mission to improve the built environment through research and knowledge generation.

A Lesson in History: When Old Buildings Get a New Lease of Life

A Lesson in History: When Old Buildings Get a New Lease of Life

Seeing the very latest in leading-edge design thinking for interiors is always exciting and can be a real boost to creativity, but there is also something really inspirational about the way that good design can breathe new life into older buildings needing refurbishment.

Has Technology Completely Changed the Face of Design?

Has Technology Completely Changed the Face of Design?

The digital revolution has made a huge impact on the design industry - there’s no denying that.

What Makes Good Office Design?

What Makes Good Office Design?

When considering an office design brief, it’s important to know how the layout and style of a workplace can affect the people that work within it.

How Green Are We? Measuring Sustainability in Design

How Green Are We? Measuring Sustainability in Design

Sustainability is quite a wide-spread term these days and can refer to a large range of practices and professions all looking to do their bit for the environment.

Design: It's All in the Details

Design: It's All in the Details

In design, there’s always a big picture - an over-arching concept that drives the whole process. But success can only be fully achieved by properly executing every single aspect of the overall vision.

Back to School: Designing for the Education Sector

Back to School: Designing for the Education Sector

As we welcome September, themes of ‘back to school’ are dominating the media and the product offering and messaging of different businesses, organisations and brands.

Does Design Have the Power to Influence Wellness and Promote Better Health?

Does Design Have the Power to Influence Wellness and Promote Better Health?

Understanding how our workplaces or homes influence our health is essential to good design…

Designing for the 5 Senses

Designing for the 5 Senses

In an omnichannel world, multi-sensory environments can create more than just a place to shop or stay; these can be places where the customer can fully experience a brand, gain a 360-degree view of the offering, and better discover how a brand aligns with their identity and lifestyle.

Trimm Dich, Durch Sport: Adidas' Long Lost Mascot

Trimm Dich, Durch Sport: Adidas' Long Lost Mascot

Digging through our archive folders a few weeks back we came across ‘Trimmy’ -  a mascot from a public health and fitness promotion run in Germany in 1970.

What Can Environmental Graphic Design Do for You?

What Can Environmental Graphic Design Do for You?

Often, businesses and organisations don’t fully understand what environmental graphic design covers. So what is it, and how can it benefit a business?

David Hockney's iPad Paintings: The Yosemite Suite

David Hockney's iPad Paintings: The Yosemite Suite

Artist David Hockney is showcasing a new series of work at New York’s Pace Gallery this summer, which consists of over 20 works created completely on an iPad.

Things Organised Neatly: Knolling and Its Place in Design

Things Organised Neatly: Knolling and Its Place in Design

The term 'knolling' was first coined by Andrew Kromelow, a Janitor who worked at Frank Gehry’s furniture fabrication shop back in 1987.