Daniel Libeskind at LJMU School of Art and Design. Daniel Libeskind. Image courtesy Matt Thomas

“It doesn’t interest me just to build buildings…” The Big Interview: Daniel Libeskind


Referencing human experiences, Le Corbusier and deconstructivism (maybe): Alex Croll meets the architectural titan behind some of the world’s most empathetic buildings… Read through any brief biography of Daniel Libeskind — the man who created the new...

The Martian - UI Screen Graphics by Territory Studio

What Is Good Design? Design How — Reviewed


Should user experience come at the expense of good design? And what is good design anyway? Phoebe Piper receives some unwelcome visions of the future at Design MCR festival… The coffee shop shelf: an everyday image...

Northern Soul (2014)

Film How: Northern Soul / Factory — Reviewed


From finding the right shade of pink wool to knit the Clangers, to sourcing a catalogue of rare Northern Soul tracks: Kirsty Fitzpatrick hears from two design teams using Manchester’s resources to make...

Blackburn is Open

Introducing: Blackburn Is Open


Blackburn in Lancashire is rediscovering its ‘town centre mojo’, boasting a huge rise in manufacturing and a new festival dedicated to making. Sophie Skellern meets its artists and builders to find out why… Situated in...

Olimpia Zagnoli, Leave town; advice to sink in slowly

Leave Town, And Other Advice To Sink In Slowly


Everyone has a piece of advice they wish they had heard earlier, right? We speak to an artist keen to share support, creatively, with those just starting out… Championed by the Guardian. Creative...

The Whitworth Gallery

In Pictures: RIBA Stirling Prize 2015 Nominees


The nominations are in! We take a look at the shortlisted structures vying for the top spot as Britain’s best new building… Competing for the most prestigious accolade in architecture, this year’s Royal...

John Wai for LIV-BCN Fest 2015 (detail)

The Big Interview: John Wai


Ahead of the LIV-BCN exhibition, opening tonight, Liverpool-based exhibiting designer John Wai gives us the lowdown on taking inspiration from different cultures, and loving each stage of the project at hand… Designer John...

Mariadiamantes for LIV-BCN Fest 2015 (detail)

The Big Interview: Mariadiamantes


Ahead of the LIV-BCN exhibition, opening tonight, Barcelona-based exhibiting designer Mariadiamantes gives the lowdown on working in the two cities, starting her own brand, and how colour plays a big part in direct...

G. F. Smith factory in Hull: this paper wall was created by members of staff and represents all 50 shades of Colorplan

G. F. Smith Papers: 130 Years Of Excellence


As their new selecta, The Collection, is admired at design studios across the land, we take a peek behind the scenes at the G. F. Smith factory in Hull: a monument to quality,...