12 August 2010

The art of noise

Popular music and visual imagery go hand in hand. Whether mainstream or counter-culture, artists have celebrated their wares via album covers, posters and flyers throughout history. According to The Art of British Rock, a new book by Mike Evans, the British rock poster begins within the context of small print runs made possible through offset […]

Random deals

What’s Everton FC got to do with a Thai beer, and Arsenal with a Middle Eastern airline? Helen Hartley takes issue with the haphazard nature of many football sponsorship deals – not to mention the often ugly and thoughtless design of the branding slapped on the players’ kits


Packing a punch

Many brands are looking for innovative ways of making their packaging stand out, drawing on emerging technologies and sustainable methods to engage with their audience. Maeve Hosea considers a range of fun and eye-catching new solutions

Silvia Filippini Fantoni

Profile: Silvia Filippini Fantoni

With her strong background in history and personalisation technologies, this versatile Italian was destined for a career in museum interpretation, but has just moved across to a consultancy management role. Anna Richardson talks to her


Heinz is unveiling a new 1kg plastic container for its baked beans. What is your favourite packaging design, and why?

…And ditching the sponsor would be Wheelie Good too

In reply to your Voxpop in last week’s issue, asking for alternative names for the new Barclays Cycle Hire scheme in London, here’s my proposition. Seeing as we own most of Lloyds TSB, wouldn’t it be nice if we could take the £25m from its bonuses and use it to fund the new scheme? And […]

The London Pedal-Pushers scheme must be addictive…

In your Voxpop you recently asked, ’What alternative name would you have given to the London bicycle hire scheme, which is currently called Barclays Cycle Hire?’ (DW 5 August). I would propose the name Pedal-Pushers for the hire scheme. As a London cyclist, to me the name needs to feel as though the scheme really […]

Virgin Atlantic’s new livery lacks confidence

Divide and conquer has been a successful tactic for overcoming adversaries for centuries, and it is one that Virgin Altantic Airways must be wary of, as its brands appear to be becoming increasingly disparate (www.designweek.co.uk, 29 July). Virgin Atlantic is certainly dividing opinion with its new livery [designed by Johnson Banks and steered by Circus]. […]

Best of the Web

www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8sR-9vMrgELast week we brought you Michael Johnson’s thoughts on Virgin Atlantic Airways’ new aircraft livery, designed by his consultancy Johnson Banks and unveiled last month. This week we bring you a time-lapse video from You Tube of the new identity designbeing implemented. http://colorschemedesigner.comIf you want to know what colours complement each other, then check out […]

Matters of the art

Artists should be wary of trying to create functional objects, while designers do best when they bear fitness for purpose in mind and stay clear of design art, argues Hugh Pearman

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