M&S looks to design to turn tide

At the end of the 1980s, Marks & Spencer’s legacy knew no bounds. TV comedy duo Fry and Laurie used to argue over the superiority of their local M&S store in ridiculous terms: “My local one’s got a small primary school in it,” said one at a dinner party,

Finch’s spreads wings with JKR

London brewer Young & Co is to roll out a chain of Finch’s bars, with an identity by Jones Knowles Ritchie, following the opening last month of the first branch, in London’s Finsbury Square.

Waiting for a better taste

There has been a long wait to see Sainbury’s new corporate identity. And for most people, that wait isn’t over yet. 20/20 Design and Strategy was appointed to the project in 1997, after a race against Rodney Fitch & Co and Conran Design Group (DW 17 October 1997). The new identity, store formats, vehicle liveries […]


Grrrls Talk, a new programme for the youth cable channel Trouble, will be going on air in June. The programme’s title sequence was created in-house at the channel by director Nyree Mason and graphic designer Steph Neely.

Making a Servicemark

Yorkshire group Thompson Design has developed an identity for a local service initiative. Servicemark Leeds aims to give the city a commercial edge in Europe by improving standards of service.

Mix of the week

Clubbing is big business. In fact, with films such as Human Traffic currently pulling in the punters at your local multiplex, it is probably fair to say that clubbing has lost any claim to being at the cutting edge. It has become mainstream entertainment. That could explain why clubbers now have their first weekly magazine, […]


European tour operator TUI has appointed E-Fact to redesign its German language portfolio of 40 catalogues.


Cheetham Bell has created the identity for the 21st John Moores exhibition of contemporary painting to be held in Liverpool.

Initial changes by Sainsbury’s

Supermarket group Sainsbury’s is gearing up to apply elements of the store format developed by 20/20 Design and Strategy to five of its 415 stores. Although the locations of the stores have yet to be announced it is understood that the Camden branch in London is scheduled to be among the five. The announcement comes […]

BA and Virgin Atlantic fly the flag

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are both to assert their Britishness via the Union Flag, shortly to be incorporated into the liveries of both fleets. BA will cease to use its 28 “ethnic” tailfin designs, reverting to a Union Flag on new aircraft. The flag in question is one of the tailfins designed by the […]

Storm wins Strategic job

Wiltshire design group Storm has been appointed to rename and rebrand Strategic Systems International, an enterprise resource planning group based in Basingstoke, after a three-way pitch against unnamed rivals. The project will include a new name and corporate identity, which Storm will apply to sales literature, electronic media, exhibition graphics, and signs. SSI has plans […]

Design business sense

Design companies bang on about being creative, but in general they take fewer large-scale financial risks, are less imaginative about developing their business and are more hierarchical than many run-of-the-mill companies

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