11 March 1999

Bell rolls out Italian concept

An Italian restaurant concept created by architectural practice Bell Associates is to be subject to a major roll out. Another 38 Fresco Italian brasseries are planned over the next 18 months, to follow the existing outlets in Nottingham and Bristol. Client Restaurants GB already operates other restaurants in London’s Battersea and in Basildon. Andy Bell […]

British Council halts redesign

The British Council has shelved plans for a major redesign of its brand after a four-month review by Wolff Olins. The wide-ranging review of the council’s operation has culminated in the decision not to make major visual branding changes. This has precipitated the departure of Johnnie Seidler, director of corporate brand development, who will leave […]

Does ‘star quality’ mean more than experience?

Which way would you have voted at last week’s debate – This house believes that experience in packaging design smothers creativity – organised by the Packaging Solutions Advice Group? Despite the efforts of Martin Bunce and Dave Allan to persuade us otherwise, the majority still thought it was experience that gave expression to creativity. Those […]


This year’s Design Council Design in Education Week runs for two weeks from 11 March. The week(s) provide a forum for creative thinking in the educational arena, and ensures that influential organisations play their part in shaping the future of education. Events will be held at locations throughout the UK. Contact: the Design Council’s website […]


An eye-catching new look for tomato ketchup heralds the entry of Manchester United into the grocery sector. The Reds Sauce bottle design was created by Yorkshire-based consultancy Chameleon Design. The consultancy was briefed to create a product that would stand apart, communicating the product yet retaining the football appeal. Chameleon has also designed the packaging […]

A couple of blaggers

The lengths some people will go to for a cheap night out at the Design Week Awards are bordering on the illicit. A couple of chancers from a northern graphics group found an ingenuous way of slashing their hotel bill. By masquerading as members of the travel industry, they blagged a hotel room at travel […]

Elle lifestyle’s image boosted by Four IV

FOUR IV’s new concept for Elle’s lifestyle store, unveiled this week with a store at Bluewater, Kent, is set to be rolled out elsewhere in Britain and on the Continent. The design of the Bluewater store is intended to reflect the character of Elle magazine and complement a range of products including activewear, swimwear, shoes, […]

Seat crosses the red line

While a red face is usually nothing to shout about, car manufacturer Seat is shouting long and hard about its red face at the moment. The company, of Spanish descent but owned by German parent Volkswagen Group, is changing its corporate colours to red from blue in a bid to show the sunnier side of […]

Frisps relaunch for KP Foods

KP Foods will relaunch its three-strong Frisps crisp range later this month, with new pack design by Kingston-upon-Hull group Visuality Design Partnership. Visuality subsidiary group Visuality Research worked on strategy with the client, with the parent group redesigning the packaging and introducing the character of Chef François, to give the brand more personality. KP is […]

Drawn together

Digital illustrations for the Potentia brochure, a unique service for assessing human potential in business, were created by Gary Neill of the Central Illustration Agency. Designed by Fonda, the five illustrations use graphic symbols with a semi-abstract theme to highlight the company’s belief that investment in talent is an essential element of long-term corporate development. […]

Young guns go for it

After giving the nation’s TV viewers a completely unrepresentative vision of designers with hit programmes such as Changing Rooms, the BBC seems committed to making amends. The corporation is poised to release its second documentary series this year taking a realistic look at how designers go about their business. Following on from Techno Designers (DW […]

Offside decision on Spiral mailer winner

Johnson Banks played a blinder in last week’s Design Week Awards, winning three categories. But poor old Jeremy ‘chopper’ Paxman , the awards’ compare and a self-confessed design ignoramus, was a bit confused by the consultancy’s direct mail category winner. Paxman said he felt sure the spiral mailer for the Victoria and Albert Museum was […]

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