05 Jul 2012
The excitement in the build-up to this job was considerable and not only because it involved a brush with a Jedi. The V&A commissioned Chichester Design to photograph a very special theatre costume worn by Sir Alec Guinness and designed by Pamela Howard.
The costume was on loan for the Art of Chichester Festival Theatre – a Celebration exhibition at Pallant House Gallery. Guinness, best known, at least in the Chichester Design office, for his Star Wars role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, wore the costume when he played Shylock in a famous production of The Merchant of Venice at …
03 Jul 2012
What’s the link between the launch of the Google Nexus 7 tablet and your SME website? Well, it’s to do with Google’s move into the tablet marketplace more than the tablet itself, and what it means for how consumers access online products and services. In short, it underlines the importance of mobile web optimisation.
While the Google Nexus 7 is no iPad 3 – it’s clearly aimed at taking on the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire (but who’s to say that Google won’t eventually try and ruffle a few feathers at Apple) – the sheer scale of Google’s reach in …
29 Apr 2011
Another week, another excuse to pop over the road to Pallant House Gallery. This time I was there for the inaugural South Coast Design Forum (SCDF) conference on design and the modern interior, which was the first design event of its type held on the south coast.
It was a really interesting day, opened by SCDF chairman Wayne Hemingway, who got stuck straight in to the importance of design in today’s marketplace. One of his main points was that the design industry as a whole needs to emphasise that design adds value. He also argued for greater focus on …
13 Apr 2011
I popped round the corner to Pallant House Gallery the other evening for the private view of the Robin & Lucienne Day: Design and the Modern Interior exhibition and the designs – the furniture in particular – got me thinking about a web design project we’ve just wrapped up.
The Chichester Design team have recently completed work on a new website for Willstack Furniture Company. These guys supply all sorts of furniture for schools, offices, restaurants, football stadiums, etc., and their best seller is the CGF20 Stacking Chair – you can see it on their homepage. It’s this chair …
29 Mar 2010
On Tuesday evening myself and the rest of the Chichester Design team attended the Design for Sustainability workshop at Pallant House Gallery.
The event focused on the important task of designing out product wastage in all stages of the design process. We discussed whether something that is claming to be green is actually green?
For example, one of the products was a recycled umbrella from a high-street brand, it claimed in green printed text, “I am a recycled umbrella, I was once bottle caps.” We speculated that this might not be completely true, unless the manufacturer has found a way to …