10 February 2011

Open Agency's Valentype

Love stories

Love it or – most likely – loathe it, you won’t be able to escape the fact that it’s Valentine’s Day today. So in tribute to this vomit-inducing festival, we thought we’d share with you a couple of non-commercial Valentine’s projects that might pique your interest, if not your passions. Open Agency has created a […]

News in Pictures

News in Pictures

Studio Small has designed the brochure that will be available to guests at the Bafta Awards on 13 February. Illustrations, which reference each of the nominees in the Best Film category, are by Adam Simpson.


Special issue hair care

Dew Gibbons has designed packaging for a limited edition Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner as part of the newly launched Smooth & Soft range. The packaging has been designed to maximise the product’s visibility on the shelf and reflects the brand’s natural ingredients, says Dew Gibbons design director Nick Vaus. The editions will be available […]


Exotic Habitat

Ella Doran has created the Indian Tale and Joanie collections for Habitat’s spring 2011 range. Doran says Indian Tale is inspired by ’Colourful books and stories from my childhood… the background tapestry also reminds me of my bedspread when I was young’. She says Joanie is inspired by ’my burgeoning collection of tea plates, both […]

Design Council

Design Council grants recipients announced

The Design Council is unveiling the second round of grants from its £100 000 fund, which has been made available to not-for-profit organisations to help them promote the value of design to business. This is the final round of funding from the current scheme, although a spokeswoman for the Design Council says it will run […]

Black Dog retains the Christmas cheer with Tesco task win

Black Dog has been appointed to design point-of-sale materials for Tesco’s Christmas campaign. The consultancy has worked with Tesco for about ten years, and created point-of-sale materials for last year’s Christmas campaign. Black Dog says it was appointed for this year’s project following a three-way creative pitch last month, beating consultancies Lick Creative and Chen […]


There are advantages to a closer link between the two D&AD award schemes

One thing guaranteed to divide opinion in design is the subject of the D&AD Awards. To a hugely talented few, particularly in graphic design, they are the holy grail, while to many others they represent an unattainable ad-centric prize relevant more to cult graphics than to the branding programmes that make up most consultancies’ communications […]


Good makeover gives IQ hair products range a fresh look

Glasgowand London-based consultancy Good has created the new branding, guidelines and packaging for the IQ range of hair products from Avec. The consultancy had worked with Avec founder Alistair Nicholson previously, before he set up the professional beauty supplies business. Nicholson says, ’Having worked with Good on several projects over the past ten years, I […]

Local consultancy Nixon builds website to promote Cornwall through users’ content

Consultancy Nixon, based in Hayle, Cornwall, has designed and built the I Love Cornwall website, an online initiative to run alongside the Visit Cornwall website to promote the county through social networking. The Cornwall Tourist Board, which commissioned the project and runs Visit Cornwall, appointed Nixon in December 2010 following a three-way credentials pitch.Martin Nixon, […]


Manchester to play host to its first design symposium

Next month Manchester will host its first design symposium, organised by regional advisory and promotional body Design Initiative and funded by the Design Council and Manchester City Council. The symposium, which is being held at Manchester Metropolitan University on 23 March, will feature talks and panel discussions from Manchester-based speakers such as illustrator Si Scott […]

News in Pictures

News in Pictures

Manchester-based consultancy Young has created a print campaign and animation for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, which is organised by the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre.

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