Edinburgh consultancy Millhouse is the winner of a paid creative pitch against Graphic Partners to design a manual for the city’s new Museum of Scotland.
Blue Peach, Graven Images and Crispin Rose-Innes were invited to take part, but all declined.
“We didn’t agree with the procedure,” says a spokeswoman for Crispin Rose-Innes. Graven Images director Ross Hunter says the museum “gave us ten days to prepare a substantial presentation – it wasn’t enough time”. And Blue Peach withdrew due to illness, according to director Joe Hall.
Pentagram, Tayburn McIlroy Coates and Graphic Partners originally joined in a free creative pitch for general graphics work, but the first two were excluded from the second pitch, causing rancour.
Millhouse will work alongside in-house designers to create the manual, which will provide advice on exhibition graphics and identity. “We will look outside for identity, signage and exhibition design by the end of the year, and we won’t rule out designers we’ve already spoken to,” says museum project director Ian Hooper.