Place-by-numbers:
A useful-looking Comedia publication has some hard words for the lacklustre marketing of English towns and cities, in its Making Sense of Place: New Approaches to Place Marketing….

“The identities of British cities and regions being peddled are at best partial and at worst completely fictitious.”

Blog-by-numbers:
An Irish start-up claims to offer a combo blog & photoblog, completely edited and uploaded via your combo mobile phone & digicam.

Colour-by-numbers:
Birmingham’s TypeMaker has released a new entry-level colour-management package called Colour Confidence, aimed at print people who are swopping to an all-digital workflow.

New reports:
There’s a new heavyweight Competitiveness Analysis of the UK Computer Games Industry available (free PDFs). And the Design Council has a handy Design in Britain 2002-2003 summary of statistics and findings (free PDFs). Of employers opinions of new design graduates, they say… “Poor standards [in graduates] were associated with less use of Visiting Lecturers and less studio-based activities”.

Big games:
Talking of computer games, the 2002 UK sales statistics are out, and it’s official; sales are up by 8 percent on 2001, and games are bigger than movies. We are now the third largest world market (USA, Japan) and now… “spend more on leisure software than on renting videos or cinema visits”.

New photos:
Walking through Birmingham City centre today I took a few random snaps of the pedestrian flow…


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