12 December 1996

British Gas fires up new logos by London groups

The 250 000 new identities for the demerged halves of British Gas feature contributions from three London consultancies and Michael Wolff. Wolff was retained as a consultant for the project. Interbrand developed the new name Centrica for the part of the business controlling British Gas trading and gas sales, the Energy Centre retail outlets and […]

DoE prefers mustachioed look

The Department of the Environment’s new marque may not be the most imaginative answer to an identity crisis, but it has certainly inspired creativity from one unknown source. Some pencil-wielding joker has sent in these offerings. He apparently “couldn’t resist it”, which is obviously how the DoE felt about Hieroglyphics’ logo Dear DW Is one […]

Making necessary adjustments

The Disability Discrimination Act came into being this month. It calls for companies with more than 20 staff to adjust working environments to cater for the disabled. Matthew Valentine assesses what implications this has for design groups

Springpoint plots a route

Realism is one of the guiding principles behind the first Clean Motor Show, which will be launched in Spring 1999 by the Ark Foundation. The organisation proposes practical solutions to environmental problems, which will not have an adverse effect on lifestyles. The identity for the show, created by Springpoint, is based on the idea of […]

Safeway’s digital sell

Supermarket group Safeway is testing a digital point-of-sale TV system developed by Sampson Tyrrell Enterprise. It is being trialled at the Milton Keynes store. The system uses flat-screen technology and can display messages, animated graphics and video sent by ISDN lines from the group’s headquarters. Safeway will test the system for three months before deciding […]

Writs issued over Asda packaging

Supermarket chain Asda is embroiled in another copycat packaging row this week, following the issue of writs by Grand Metropolitan which allege passing off and copyright infringements by four of Asda’s own-brand drinks products. In October the supermarket chain was accused by McVitie’s of copying Penguin biscuits with its own-brand Puffin range. IDV, the spirits […]

Hong Kong group woos clients at London office

A Hong Kong design consultancy is opening a London office, turning the tables on UK groups and their efforts to monopolise Asian clients. Sixth Sense was formed about six months ago as a division of parent company RMA Hong Kong, which designs visual merchandising and is itself owned by international advertising group DMB&B. Nick Hamilton […]

FCO tenders tent jobs

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is putting the design of two UK pavilions out to competitive tender. Between six and eight consultancies will be shortlisted on 10 January for the design of the UK’s pavilions at Expo 98 Lisbon and Expo 2000 Hanover.


Rhodes Design has created the identity and graphics for Topshop’s own-brand cosmetics range Topshop Colour, which is being tested in 30 stores. Former Design Museum trustee Ian Hay Davison, chairman of McDonnell Information Systems Group, has been appointed Pro-Provost and Chairman of the Council of the Royal College of Art, succeeding Sir Michael Butler. Crossroads, […]

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