13 March 2008

Wine label branding off the shelf

The success of New World wines can be attributed to striking graphics as much as the quality of the product. David Benady examines how European brands are responding in the struggle for shelf standoutIn the battle for shelf appeal, wines from Australia, the US and other New World wine-producing countries have left the vintners of […]

Hammer & Tongs reveal next project

The Hammer & Tongs pop promo duo had to make a big-league movie before being able to finance the film that was really close to their hearts. Charles Gant looks at the background to Son of Rambow, which opens next month

Frederic Ruyant in profile

He trained as an architect, but Frédéric Ruyant doesn’t do buildings, preferring to design pieces for chic clients or display in top French museums.Trish Lorenz tries to keep up with the busy Paris-based polymathAt a time when specialism is increasingly the norm, polymath French designer Frédéric Ruyant is an interesting exception. Uninhibited by the self-imposed […]

DBA inclusive design winners

Two groups are celebrating after the conclusion of the 2008 Design Business Association Inclusive Design Challenge. Winners Judge Gill and communications group Adare were named last night at a ceremony at the Royal College of Art.Entrants were asked to come up with ideas and innovations to help people suffering from memory loss and dementia.Adare won […]

Heatherwick design to be developed

A prefabricated stainless steel cladding system being used by Heatherwick Studio at Aberystwyth Arts Centre could be developed into a specifiable product.HS project manager Tom Chapman-Andrews says that the methods used to develop the lightweight ‘crinkled’ cladding for Aberystwyth University’s start-up business units have more in common with product design processes than traditional architecture and […]

Display dramatics

Window dressing can claim to be a very old form of marketing communication – after all, draping a couple of rabbits over a shop counter is a direct visual appeal to consumer need. Now, a new book, Visual Merchandising by Tony Morgan addresses the issue of the shop window in the context of the modern […]

Entering the digital arena

Think creatively about digital design – and make sure you integrate these skills into the bloodstream of your offer, urges Thom NewtonOver the past couple of years, most of our client briefs have included a digital design or communication element. Whether the audience is consumer or business, and whether the touchpoint is on the Web, […]

Back to black

Architect Jamie Fobert has collaborated with Givenchy’s fashion designer Riccardo Tisci to create some art-infused and highly conceptual interiors for the brand’s new Paris flagship. Caroline Roux is intrigued by the resultsThose who think of high fashion as a rather in-your-face-affair would have been surprised at the recent unveiling of the new Givenchy store in […]


The Rector of the Royal College of Art, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, is to step down next year. With fundraising challenges for its new applied arts campus lying ahead, who would you tip to take on the job? He will be hugely missed, but the star system he has used at the Royal College of […]

Inspired, Guy Marshall – Small

In this modern world where design meets the Internet, what really inspires me is other design consultancies’ blogs. I love my regular read of what others in the industry have been up to. And after my daily fix, not only do these blogs inspire me to get my head down and keep working, but they […]

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