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Changes in membership Six new members of the Council, ColD, have been appointed. They are Arthur Bryan of Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd. John Davies of the CBI, G. B. R. Feilden of Davy-Ashmore Ltd. Jasper G. Grinling of W. and A. Gilbey Ltd. Sir Nicholas Sekers of West Cumberland Silk Mills Ltd. and Dr Mary Woodall, formerly director of the Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery. R. M. Glen, managing director of Westclox Ltd. has been appointed a member of the Scottish Committee.
COURSES AND CONFERENCES
Ergonomics The annual conference of the Ergonomics Research Society is being held this year at the Manchester College of Science and Technology from April 18 - 21. Delegates will be accommodated in Wright Robinson Hall and Chandos Hall. Speakers at the conference will include R. S. Easterby from the Birmingham College of Advanced Technology, E. Ulich from the University of Munich, and J. C. Jones from the Manchester College of Science and Technology. Applications for enrolment should be sent as soon as possible to J. Spencer, 8 - 10 Berkeley Square, Bristol 8. The fee (including accommodation) is £12 2s for non-members of the society.
The department of art and related studies at the College of Further Education, Kidderminster, has in the past organised intensive courses attended by designers in the carpet industry and by senior art students together. However, separate courses are now being arranged since it was felt that the needs of the designers already in industry and the art students were different. The first course for young designers is being held from April 28 - June 17, and is intended to give them a chance to catch up on the sort of formal tuition in art in relation to carpet design which they might otherwise have missed. The areas of study will include design research, texture, fine art, a three day visit to museums and showrooms in London, and lectures on colour, design, arts and architecture. There will also be lectures by members of the carpet industry and a study of colour and texture in pile fabrics and flat woven carpets. The fee for the course is £22 (which includes the London visit). The college has no hostel in Kidderminster, but will help delegates to find reasonable accommodation. Further details are available from the principal, College of Further Education, Hoo Road, Kidderminster.
Die casting conference The fifth international pressure die casting conference will be held at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London, W8, from April 18 - 22. Papers covering subjects such as Estimating and Costing, Design and Making of Dies, and Die Casting Process will be presented, and on the last two days of the conference visits are being arranged to die casting plants in the London area and the Midlands. The conference has been organised on behalf of the European Pressure Die Casting Committee by the Zinc Development Association in collaboration with the Light Metal Founders' Association. The fee for the conference is £30. Full details can be obtained from the ZDA, 34 Berkeley Square, London W1.
The fifth international congress of the precast concrete industry is being held this year in London at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, W8, from May 21 - 27. The congress will be opened on May 21 by the Minister of Public Building and Works at a special ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall at 10 am. After the opening, Professor Sir Robert Matthew will speak on World Wide Accomplishments and the Future of the Precast Concrete Industry. During the congress, subjects under discussion will include methods of jointing and tolerances, new product techniques and outstanding applications, and recent research. Two exhibitions, one of machinery, and special materials, and the second a photographic display, Precast Concrete - Todayand Tomorrow, will be mounted at the hotel during the congress. Further details and information are available from the organising secretary, BIBM, Terminal House, Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1.
Summer in Harrogate
The Summer Meeting of the Illuminating Engineering Society will be held at Harrogate from May 16-18. The programme contains papers and discussions covering the lighting of interiors, street lighting, and materials used in lighting equipment. Registration fees are: members £5 5s, ladies £2 12s 6d, non-members £6 6s. The headquarters for the meeting will be the Majestic Hotel, and accommodation for delegates is £16 5s per person for the duration of the course. Full details are available from the IES, York House, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1.
A two day symposium has been organised at Brunel College on May 19 - 20 with the aim of presenting a systematic approach to the problems of materials selection, and to promote discussions between designers, engineers and materials technologists. The first day will be devoted to a discussion of the fundamental aspects of materials selection, and papers will be given on subjects such as the relationship between properties and the manufacturing process and the economic factors of selection. The programme on the second day will deal with specific examples of materials selection (metals, plastics, etc) and wider fields of material applications. The fee for the symposium is £5 5s and full details can be obtained from T. S. Eyre, metallurgy department, Brunel College, Woodlands Avenue, Acton, W3.
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
New awards In 1967 the ColD will widen its range of annual awards to industry while at the same time discontinuing its Design Centre Awards in their present form. The new awards, to be known as Council of Industrial Design Awards, will not only cover durable consumer goods but will be extended into the field of engineering equipment and capital goods. Two separate panels of judges will be appointed, one as now to select consumer goods from 'Design Index', the other composed of prominent engineers and industrial designers who will select the capital goods from those submitted.
The categories of capital goods to be considered initially for these new awards will include industrial machinery of all classes, electrical and electronic equipment, scientific instruments, and industrial and commercial road and rail transport. Air and sea transport, private vehicles, product components and products involving architectural or other major structural work will not be immediately eligible. The scheme will be subject to constant review in the light of its development. All capital goods must have been designed and made in Britain, and to have been in satisfactory use for one year. Details and application forms for the 1967 Awards for engineering equipment and capital goods are available from W. H. Mayall, ColD, 28 Haymarket, London SW1. Application must be made by July 31,1966.
More scholarships The Leverhulme Trustees will now offer four scholarships in industrial design to students in the final year of their DipAD course. In addition to industrial design (engineering), scholarships will be awarded in graphics, textiles and three - dimensional design (silversmithing, furniture, ceramics or glass). Each will be awarded annually, starting from this year, and £600 will be given to the successful candidates to enable them to study overseas, either in Europe for about one year or in the USA for a shorter period. Art schools and colleges in Britain providing DipAD courses in any of the above subjects are eligible to nominate one final year student for each appropriate scholarship. All the awards will be administered by the ColD.
The 1966 Cotton Board Travel Scholarships for textile designers have been won by Rosemary Binnie, below, of Ferguson Brothers Ltd, Frank Davies of Warner and Sons Ltd. John Davies of English Sewing Ltd. P. C. Moss of the Calico Printers' Association Ltd and J. R. Vick of Bernard Wardle (Fabrics) Ltd. The winners will use their prize money, totalling £1,750, to study in America, West Africa, France and Spain.
Chair comfort The Furniture Industry Research Association has now published FIRA Technical Report No 22, The Comfort of Easy chairs. The main body of the report developes a theory of seating comfort proposed by P. Branton. It describes experimental work on sitting behaviour, and two series of experiments designed to substantiate the author's thesis which suggests that a measure of instability in the sitting posture can also be a measure of discomfort. Section three of the report provides a guide to designers and manufacturers on the proportion of the public who can make proper use of the dimensions used in a given easy chair. The report is a confidential publication restricted to members of FIRA. Manufacturers registered with the Furniture Development Council, but not members of FIRA, may become members without charge and qualify for a free copy of this report and all future publications by writing to the director, FIRA, Maxwell Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
Design guides for engineers
In March, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers issued its first batch of design memoranda. The subjects include Stress Concentration Data (65004), Notes on Design of Helical Compression Springs of Round Wire (65006), an d General Guide to the Choice of Journal Bearing Type (65001). The institution's policy in preparing these aids to design is to ensure that useful technical information of a kind not easily obtainable elsewhere is readily available to mechanical engineers. An essential part of the scheme is that there must be a regular feedback of information and criticisms from users: the institution welcomes comments, and also suggestions for future design memoranda. The memoranda are available from the institution, at 1 Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1. Prices vary according to content but the average cost is 10s 6d (postage 2s 9d).
ColD in Budapest
An exhibition of British industrial design, organised by the ColD and the COI, at the invitation of the Hungarian Institute for Cultural Relations, was held in Budapest from March 3 - 20. The main section of the exhibition was devoted to displays of well designed consumer goods selected from 'Design Index'. The application of industrial design to engineering and capital goods was shown in pictorial form. The exhibition was designed by Peter Daniell of the exhibitions division of the COI. During the run of the exhibition, the Hungarian sponsors organised lectures on March 4 and 5 for designers, architects and others closely concerned with industrial design in Hungary. Misha Black, professor of industrial design (engineering) et the Royal College of Art, and Paul Reilly, director of the ColD, were the two speakers.
The final date for entries for the seventh Trade and Technical Literature Competition is April 25. Run jointly by the Building Centre Trust and the Royal Institute of British Architects, the competition aims to promote the production of concise and informative literature for the building industry. It is divided into six classes and includes all literature other than space and prestige advertising and house magazines. The jury of assessors comprises Philip Dunstone, Paul Koralek, Alan Ray-Jones, Robert S. Simon and Ivan Tomlin. Details of the competition can be obtained from the education officer, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1.
To Russia with love
During his recent visit to MOSCOW, the Prime Minister presented gifts to his Russian hosts. The gifts included some modern British silver designed by two well known designers. Mrs Kosygin received a coffee pot, sugar bowl and cream jug, above, designed by Robert Welch. A pair of silver candlesticks, also designed by Mr Welch, were given to Mr Mikoyan. Mr Gromyko was presented with a wine goblet designed by Gerald Benney. The silverware was chosen from the items displayed in the exhibition of modern British silver held at The Design Centre in March last year.
Peter Wall, deputy art director of Wedgwood, has been appointed design manager, following the death of Victor Skellern.
Design man for GPO
F.H.K. Henrion has been appointed adviser on design to the Post Office.. His duties will be three-fold: he will prepare an index to establish priorities and provide for a systematic review of design in the Post Office; he will act as consultant and adviser to operational branches faced with day to day problems of design; and he will make recommendations for a new symbol or symbols, new typography and new colour schemes. On matters relating to typography, Mr Henrion will work in close collaboration with Stuart Rose who is the typographic adviser to the GPO.
Eating out can be fun,
200/28 - 37: the architect for the Golden Egg restaurant (illustration 4, page30) was Geoffrey A. Crockett.
Designers and manufacturers lists in this issue appear on page 92.