Design Week cusses The Body Shop

In last week's edition of Design Week an article was published regarding the departure of the UK retailers Global Creative Director, Nikki Austen. These kind of articles are not uncommon in Design Week, they ofter report on industry figures moving about.

The thing that caught my attention in this particular article was how it quickly skipped across subject and turned focus to some anonymous commentry on difficult this role would be and how badly the organisation treats it's creative team.

Since Design Week has gone all stinky and made it's online content accessible only by subscribers (why would they read it, if they have a subscription?), I have included some of the article here...

"Some industry sources are cynical about the opportunities which the position of creative director at The Body Shop will afford a new recruit.

An alleged increase in the number of product directors at The Body Shop means that there would now be 'little for a creative director to lead on', says one source."

"upper management's alleged 'lack of interest in branding', there is no 'big exercise' for a creative director' undertake says the source, who adds, 'The L'Oreal management style is very French and formal, there is no room for innovation any more, and ceative people working there feel browbeaten and frustrated.'"

Firstly; Am i being over sensitive or has Design Week been taking journalism lessons from the Daily Mail? Since when have we indulged in such gossip mongering amongst the design fraternity?

Secondly; it sounds from this phantom source that there is plenty of work for a creative director. If the creatives are not being taken seriously and 'product directors' are controlling the brand, then they definately need someone to champion design at an executive level.

Thirdly; what the hell do they mean by a 'very French' management style? sounds distinctly racist to me.

Sloppy reporting from Design Week - shame on you.


Can you fill Iain Tait's shoes?

Iain Tait is leaving Poke and they are looking for someone to fill his shoes. Not metaphorically. If you're good enough to get the job at Poke, then you can have his actual shoes.

In typically creative style Iain has offered his barely worn trainers to the lucky person who finds themselves taking up his desk in the Poke offices.

I was lucky enough to see Iain present his ideas on the power of points in creating interactions, at Skillswap Brighton. I considered myself even luckier when i learnt that he is about to leave the UK for a new life in Oregon. Hopefully not the last time he will show up on our shores.



I've just discovered Iconwerk. My kind of website. Stripped back nav and copy, packed with loads of visual goodness. Yummy.


Ownership of blog comments?

I'm working on a project that has lead me to a dilemma...
If someone posts a comment on another person's blog (like this one, for example), is it ok for the owner of the website/blog to then reproduce that comment?

A number of my comments on the Creative Review blog have been published in their magazine, so I'm guessing they have circumnavigated any legal issues, most likely with their extensive terms of use page.

How does this cover @replies on twitter? If someone posts replies to my requests, do i then have the right to reproduce those replies in any format?

If anyone has an opinion or any info on this I would be really grateful.
(i promise i won't reproduce your responses.)