How design has helped refugees in times of crisis and discrimination

This week is national Refugee Week, a seven-day series of art, film, music and theatre events celebrating the contributions of refugees to the UK. We mark the occasion by asking designers about the most worthwhile projects created to help those who have fled their home countries.

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Mat Heinl: Is there really no place for designers in the boardroom?

New research suggests that while businesses value the importance of design, they are less willing to involve creatives at board level. Looking at the benefits of creative decision-making, Mat Heinl, CEO at global design consultancy Moving Brands, argues the case for a more diverse board.

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Restaurant Issho fuses Japanese culture and Britishness in its branding

The Leeds-based restaurant has been given a new visual identity by Dutchscot, which plays on the theme of “togetherness” by combining traditional motifs from Yorkshire and Japan.

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Penguin reveals winners of its Student Design Award 2018

The publisher’s annual awards saw 2,100 design students submit book cover interpretations for Animal Farm, A Brief History of Time and Noughts & Crosses — a judging panel has whittled this down to three winners.

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Sara Jones: Push creativity at school, or we’ll all lose our jobs to robots

Despite the Government’s focus on science, creative jobs are far less likely to be automated in the future – so why is the arts faculty being neglected in schools? asks Free the Birds’ partner, Sara Jones.

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Designing the TV graphics and animations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Production company Noah Media Group is behind the opening titles, animations and on-screen graphics for this year’s World Cup – we speak to art director Kim Teddy about how traditional Russian art and motifs inspired the designs.

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Edinburgh International Book Festival campaign highlights the precarity of freedom

Glasgow-based studio Tangent has created the campaign imagery for this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Could a cleverly-calculated algorithm predict the World Cup winner?

The WC2018 predictor lives as a website and Instagram feed, displaying a number up to 100 for each country that indicates how well it’s likely to perform in the tournament.

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Typographic posters for each team playing in the World Cup

London-based consultancy LoveGunn has created a series of type-based posters inspired by 20th century Russian Futurism and Constructivism for this year’s World Cup.

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Craig Oldham “gets back to what Rough Trade is all about” with new book publisher

Craig Oldham is behind the designs for a new publishing venture from record label and indie record shop group Rough Trade, creating pamphlet-like designs that deliberately fly in the face of traditional publishing conventions.

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