13 August 1998

Ligging at 30 000 feet

Summertime always seems to stimulate romantic behaviour in the otherwise waterlogged British public. So it was with Imagination marketing director Ralph Ardill. Ardill was overheard on a recent British Airways flight from Berlin announcing his engagement to the consultancy’s public relations girl, Holly Browne. But their respective other halves needn’t worry. The ‘engagement’ was simply […]


Ready steady: Adobe says its cross-platform ImageReady streamlines Web graphics production by making it easy to see how different browsers and computers cope with your shiny new site design. You can use a batch processing tool to apply the same optimisations to a bunch of downloads. It’s in the stores now at an introductory price […]


Tooltoys will feature over 250 products which function as both a tool and a toy, bridging the gap between education and entertainment. From 15 September until 16 October. Contact: 00 34 94 439 56 22 or e-mail diseinuz@dzdesign.com for more details. Venue: DZ Centro de Diseño, Sabino Arana 8, 48013 Bilbao.

The eternal triangle

With MetaDesign’s London office winning the prestigious job of redefining Skoda Auto’s brand identity, Lynda Relph-Knight examines the consultancy’s successful philosophy.


Bestfoods UK relaunched Ambrosia desserts this week with packaging featuring a more realistic Devon country scene. Design is by Siebert Head. Design and advertising consultancy Red Creative has designed the logo for the Evolution programme, introduced by video editing company FAST Electronic AG. It will use the new logo across the whole brand range. Scottish […]

Wish you were here?

The final arrival of summer puts us in the holiday mood. Matthew Valentine flicks through a few brochures, and finds the destinations lacking in appeal.

What a nice knob, Mrs

Last week’s mystery man (right) was, of course, Williams Murray Banks joint-founder Richard Williams, correctly identified by Lumsden Design Partnership’s Rebecca Price. This week’s blast from the past is well known in the design industry, and so is much of his work, but perhaps not this System 7 range for Knobs and Knockers. Faxed identifications […]

Funny goings on at the Aurora project

Imagination’s spectacular Aurora project for motoring client Ford continues unabated (DW 7 August). A glimpse behind the scenes, however, reveals a few suspicious elements. The first is a large packing crate marked ‘CLIFF RICHARD’. Fans of the noble popster may have noted his quiet public profile of late. We now know where he’s hiding. The […]

Curio logo for London Zoo centre

London Zoo is to introduce a major new centre to promote study and understanding of biodiversity. A free creative pitch was used to select designers for the centre’s identity. Design and advertising consultancy Curio Associates was chosen after a free pitch against five unnamed competitors, to create the identity for the project, called The Web […]

Marketplace in DIY makeover

DIY retailer Do-It-All has retained Marketplace Design to develop new in-store brand communication devices, following a change in emphasis by the chain. Do-It-All is attempting to create a more inspirational environment in its 139 stores, to capitalise on the increased fashionability of DIY, fuelled by magazines and television programmes such as Changing Rooms. The tag […]

Brighton gets French-style bakery

Quarto Design has created the identity and interiors for Philippe de France, a new patisserie which opened earlier this month in Brighton. Owned by French entrepreneur Philippe Demier, the outlet may develop into a chain. Interiors are in a modern French style, says Quarto managing director Tony Huggett. The mosaic theme from the identity is […]

Horseman Cooke and McBains become Open

Horseman Cooke McBains has dropped its name as it relaunches as part of a 10m full service offer with through-the-line agency McBains. The change in structure comes a year after the graphics group was bought by the Abbott Mead Vickers-owned agency (DW 27 August 1997). The 130-strong integrated service comprises design, advertising and a small […]

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