Category Archives: Design

Sting in the Tale of Internet Shopping

The week before last, STV news featured a (very brief) clip of me discussing the rise of internet shopping. This had been prompted by the news that it was 20 years since the first commercial internet shopping purchase. I am … Continue reading

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New Worlds and Old Cities?

“There is a real danger that Edinburgh, with its obsession with heritage, is retreating into a psychology of isolation and will become an introspective museum-piece” So wrote Bill Jamieson in this weekend’s Scotland on Sunday (March 3rd 2013, p22), in … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Capitals?

Over the last couple of weekends I have been in Edinburgh and London, and for various reasons spent some time in arguably the two major off-centre shopping centres in each city – the Gyle in Edinburgh and Westfield Stratford in … Continue reading

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Multi-channel Vision?

In my catch-up from being away, I saw a piece in Retail Week (7 September 2012, p32-34, M&S’s multichannel vision) which I wanted to read and consider at more length. Years ago, some of us were asked about the effects … Continue reading

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Going for Gold

I’m quite interested in sports – including Welsh rugby, though that is more of a religion – and so the next few weeks of the Olympics might just grab my attention at times. Yes it is bloated, over-corporatized and a … Continue reading

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The Scottish High Street

Looking for something to do over the break? Anywhere near Glasgow? The why not pop in to The Lighthouse on Mitchell Lane off Buchanan Street? The Lighthouse is one of the only centres in the world that is equally dedicated … Continue reading

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Sainsbury’s Sans Serif and Style

Growing up all those decades ago in South Wales, Sainsbury’s was not exactly the local shop.  When I went to university and encountered Sainsbury I was unimpressed, finding it sterile compared to my previous experiences.  Maybe it was an old, … Continue reading

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