Hodges Associates has created the exterior branding and interior exhibition environment for a 16-week European roadshow to launch Ascentis, British Airways World Cargo’s new facility, which is scheduled to launch on 30 July.

In a wild tangent…

In a wild tangent that any media-savvy politician attempting to survive a Jeremy Paxman interview with an ounce of self-respect would be proud of, Glazer has been inspired by randomness for its local Transport for London guides. Explaining its off-the-wall thinking behind the leaflets, Glazer designer Clare Brittle uses south London as an example. ‘Michael […]

Human League’s latest album

Peacock Design has created artwork for Human League’s latest album, Secrets, released at the end of July. The group photographed the pop stars separately and then put the shots together to form a composite. ‘Everyone was slightly cheated to ensure their eyes and lips lined up,’ says Peacock studio manager Stuart Crouch.

BT museum project branded by Cobalt

The brand identity created by Cobalt for BT’s multi-million pound museum project Connected Earth, which showcases the UK’s telecommunications heritage, will be unveiled this week. The launch of the identity will be followed by the creation of a Web-based museum, by Cobalt and Line Communications Group, and the creation of six physical museum sites around […]

Sound research must back up a point of view

I was taken by the very inventive article on the Royal College of Art’s Summer Show in Reality Bites (DW 28 June). More specifically the piece by Johnson Banks creative director Michael Johnson. His writing stirred me into dashing off this response stimulated by his remarks. Surely, in reality, any designer of merit, appreciates that […]

DBA acts on restrictive contracts

Design consultancies are being trapped by restrictive, anti-competitive and potentially unlawful contracts, Design Week can reveal. However, there is likely to be little action from the Office of Fair Trading before the autumn. The Design Business Association first raised the issue of anti-competitive contracts with the OFT in January (DW 19 January). Although the DBA’s […]

FutureBrand identity for Jobcentre Plus scheme

FutureBrand is creating the brand identity and interiors for a high-profile Government venture that kicks off in the autumn, following the proposed merger of Job Centres and Benefits Agency. The Department of Social Security is piloting 50 Jobcentre Plus centres, which are scheduled to open their doors in October. They will combine traditional employment centres […]

WPP buys and merges MCA

WPP Group has augmented its brand experience offer through the purchase of The Marketing & Communications Agency, an international internal communications specialist.

Bright sparks

In-house design groups have made a big impact on this year’s Creative Survey and there’s also some new entries igniting the tables.

Jaguar on hunt for design group

Jaguar is on the prowl for a design consultancy to undertake a major brand review, and has shortlisted seven of the UK’s top design groups. Landor Associates, Imagination, Fitch, Pentagram, Attik and The Partners are understood to be taking part in a creative pitch during the first week in August. The consultancies have already presented […]

Creative input from local specialists is key to success

I was very interested to read the News Analysis on design consultancies’ experiences of working internationally (DW 28 June). What didn’t seem to come through, however, was the importance of localisation in such situations: for example, adapting the creative work offered to the expectations of the client’s target markets. Richard Markell was right in emphasising […]


London Museums by Andrew Wylie is published on 23 July by Ellipsis. The book describes 70 of London’s musuems.

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