adidas SPEZIAL exhibition, Manchester 2014. Image courtesy size

The Humble Magnificence Of adidas SPEZIAL


Designer and adidas fan Mike Holmes visits the brand’s touring exhibition, and marvels at the humble magnificence of functional footwear that was elevated to greatness by working class lads; long before the fashion...

The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins architects wins 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize for the best new building of the year. Image courtesy Andrew Hendry

Congratulations Everyman! Theatre Wins RIBA Stirling Prize 2014


Liverpool’s new Everyman Theatre, designed by architects Haworth Tompkins, wins Britain’s most prestigious architecture award… It’s official: the best building of the year, according to the Royal Institute of British Architects, is the Everyman Theatre in...

Jonathan Barnbrook, Biennale of Sydney (detail)

The Big Interview: Jonathan Barnbrook


Designer, Typographer, Provocateur? Alex Croll nervously meets the real Jonathan Barnbrook… Entrusted with the task of interviewing Jonathan Barnbrook at this year’s Designival, I was understandably a little bit nervous. Barnbrook is somewhat of a...

Designival 2014

How To Define Success? Designival 2014 — Reviewed


What do top designers include in their recipe for success? Architect Matthew Ashton goes to this year’s Designival to find out… How to define success… Integrity? Turnover? Satisfaction with your surroundings, process, or clients? This question...

PUPILA ESTUDIO Costa Rica, 326490 project

World Cup Clichés: Graphic Design’s Approach To Football


Should we be showing graphic designers the yellow card for producing the same kind of World Cup artwork? Ian Mitchell explores the visual clichés and asks: are designers manipulating them or being driven by...

Stanley Chow

Irresistible Illustration: Stanley Chow’s Takeaway


Emma Sumner quizzes the MacDonalds illustrator about celebrity portraits, big screen avatars and his current retrospective ‘takeaway’ exhibition… An illustrator and artist with clients all over the world, you might be surprised to...

Baltic Creative, Liverpool. Image courtesy

Off The Map: Liverpool’s Absence From The UK’s Creative Industrial Strategy


Did you know that Liverpool was completely absent from the latest government report on Creative UK Clusters? Gavin Sherratt looks at what this means for the future and how we can get back on...

The Flyover – a new green oasis connecting the Museum Quarter to other parts of the city

Grand Designs — Friends Of The Flyover


Can we really build our own city? Laura Brown talks to Kate Stewart from the Flyover project about why this might be the first step towards urban planning that’s healthy, happy and designed by...

Trafford Town Hall, Trafford by 5plus Architects (c)Mark Waugh

RIBA North West Regional Awards — The Winners in Pictures


At a ceremony held in Liverpool last night, six new — and very different — buildings were announced as RIBA North West Regional Award winners… The prize, which aims to award architectural excellence...