12 October 2000

Scramble for Syzygy shares

European e-business solutions consultancy Syzygy has floated on Frankfurt’s Neuer Markt (DW 15 September). The flotation raised more than 62m Euros (£37m). Syzygy priced its initial public offering at 20 Euros per share, and the sale was more than 15 times over-subscribed. According to Syzygy communications manager Charlie Pownall, the successful float has bucked the […]

Take an original idea and then run away with it

After a while in this business you get used to similarities between your projects and other people’s. You get cross for a bit, then you calm down. In short, you get over it. I’m writing about a new phenomenon, which is occurring with alarming frequency to Johnson Banks. Look carefully at the picture on the […]

Crampton Smith to leave RCA

Gillian Crampton Smith, the Royal College of Art’s computer related design course director, is leaving at Christmas to set up the new Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, near Milan in Italy. The facility will focus on the ways people interact with communications and computers. The RCA is seeking an immediate replacement for Crampton Smith, and […]

The London Fruit and Herb Company takes out the spice

The London Herb and Spice Company has renamed itself The London Fruit and Herb Company. The change reflects developments in the company’s product range of flavoured teas and infusions to ‘deliver a stronger fruit proposition’, says Alistair Eglinton, director of design group Tynan D’Arcy, which developed the company’s new identity and product packaging. The consultancy […]

Lumsden fills graphics post

Environmental design consultancy Lumsden Design has appointed Dan Ray as head of graphics. He joins from Point of Difference, where he was creative director. Ray replaces Charles Allan, who joined FutureBrand as creative director (DW 25 August). Ray has extensive design experience in a variety of design disciplines, from digital media and Internet consultancy to […]

Successful speeches are all about delivery

Some people will do anything to get out of a Design Week bash. At the first in the new series of informal Dinner Talks last week, Global Innovation Network founder Richard Watson, who obviously planned his early exit nine months ago, rushed off to hosp

Single currency

Graphic Design in Germany: 1890-1945 by Jeremy Aynsley does something very significant: through the example of Germany, it explores the context of the birth of graphic design. Aynsley starts his history in the 1870s, when the energy released by the unification of Germany led to a huge, enduring commercial boom, known as the Gründerzeit (‘the […]

Duo cooks up a new bread identity

A duo of design groups has worked together to develop packaging and branding for a new range of part-baked breads for agricultural group Yattendon Estates. Product design group Factory Design and graphics and print consultancy Atelier Works collaborated on the project, after the client’s management board gave the go-ahead for a consumer product range. The […]


Office design can play an important role in integration following a company merger. After BP and Amoco merged, Axis Design Europe was commissioned to upgrade facilities at the 1930s Sunbury site so they would meet the expectations of Amoco staff from the

Smollensky’s strikes a Raw deal on roll-out

Smollensky’s, the London restaurant chain owned by the Mezzanine Group, is to be rolled out across the capital with an extra 20 sites planned over the next two years. Raw Design, the Birmingham-based interior design consultancy, has been approached to carry out work on the new sites. Founder Matt Rawlinson says the restaurants will be […]

Appetite for new AWG identity

London design consultancy Appetite – formerly known as Beresfords has created a new identity for Anglian Water’s parent group, AWG. The change reflects the group’s expansion beyond the water industry and the increasing competition in the utilities sector. The consumer-facing Anglian Water brand remains unchanged for the present, but is currently ‘under development’, according to […]


Bristol design consultancy Harris4Design has designed packaging for Cut and Run, a new board game released later this month by Cut and Run Productions.

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