vignelli

Clearly a Designer

Massimo Vignelli decoded and untangled the web of NYC’s subway system in the summer of 1972. His astonishing ability to create clarity from chaos was unsurpassed. He introduced the European streamlined, modernist, minimal aesthetic to the American design community – and forever changed the landscape of graphic design. Born in Milan, Italy in 1931, he studied art and architecture and worked… Read more →

Designing the Digital Economy

Designing the UK’s Digital Economy

A new independent report published by the Design Commission warns that the UK’s digital economy will not fulfil its social or economic potential without a concerted focus on design. Amongst 17 recommendations, the report calls upon government to nurture the design and digital technology sectors on a local level, stressing the importance of growing these sectors outside of London. The… Read more →

flw

Mr Wright is Right

For more than 70 years, Frank Lloyd Wright showed his countrymen new ways to build their homes and see the world around them. He created some of the most monumental, and some of the most intimate spaces in America. He designed everything: banks and resorts, office buildings and churches, a filling station and a synagogue, a beer garden and an… Read more →

Spatial Planning

Planning for Places: Delivering Good Design with Core Strategies

This report explains why spatial planning helps deliver design quality through an efficient planning system and why a good spatial plan is essential to achieving high-quality places and good design. ‘In the built environment, design is the key decision-making process. At the strategic level, it creates the vision for places. At a more detailed level, it describes how we want them to work,… Read more →

Home Space UK

Space in New Homes

If homes are to have a long life, they must offer functional and adaptable spaces that meet the needs of families, children, older people and disabled residents. While minimum space standards are still required for social housing and for development on publicly owned land, there are no national minimum space standards. That means that neither building regulations nor the planning system… Read more →