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Tap in to Design Museum as Ives in frame for prize

I was going to urge all you Apple-ites to take a look at www. designmuseum. org and vote for Jonathan Ives as that organisation's designer of the year. But it seems you have to actually visit the museum, pay your entrance fee and then vote. Still, you might be comfortable with that because you will probably want to go to the next big show there.

It is about Superstudio, five Italian contemporaries of our own Archigram boys - though nothing like as internationally influential. In the frame with Ives is jeweller Solange AzaguryPartridge, chandelier designer Tord Boontje and Rockstar Games, designer of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. So, if there is anybody up there looking down on us, Ives should romp it. Vice City has already attracted attention at Wired magazine's daily news, at www. wired. com, which reports how the game itself will not be on show because of its violent and adult content. You hope that junior culture minister Kim Howells, he of the recent denunciation of violent and adult content video games, doesn't have any control over the museum's funding. Meantime, everybody is, unconvincingly, repudiating the notion of censorship.

Nobody has yet thought of repudiating the selection panel.

I know that AJ Plus has the full story on the WTC design but last week I was reminded what a good daily news feed is the BBC's, at http: //news. bbc. co. uk.You select the areas of news in which you are interested and press the subscribe button. Naturally you get duplicates because the category World News includes some European news though the reverse isn't necessarily true. You can put up with this because it is free and because there are thumbnail pix which, whatever sniffy literary people might say, is a great aid to scanning headlines. And you can send in your 10 cents worth to Talking Point. Last week it got lots of surfers'views on the WTC designs.

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