13 November 1997

Picture palace

Tim Flach photographed the images for literature for Certa designed by Lippa Pearce. Certa, which provides land quality certification and insurance, wanted its brochure to achieve a neutral and graphic style of photography. Rachael Dinnis, senior designer for this project, says ‘Tim’s skills lie in his problem solving ability’ and ‘his attention to detail is […]

Eye candy from Paul Mullins

Pick and mix confectionery retailer Sweet Factory is getting a complete overhaul, new interiors, packaging, website and a tweaked logo by Paul Mullins Associates. The new format is in place at London’s Victoria station, and is due to roll out across the ten UK outlets and 350 franchise operations worldwide. It “is a futuristic factory […]


Klaus Wuttke and Partners has created a single visual identity for Reckitt & Colman’s European metal polish range. – – The Partners has been appointed to design a new identity for the Advertising Agency Register, which is changing its name to The AAR Gro

The King’s Road retro

Virgin Megastore has gone for a retro look for its soon-to-be-opened store in the King’s Road. Using, for the first time, a selection of product designers for key elements, the retailer is attempting to put a modern spin on fashions and images from the west London street’s heritage. Planned from the outset as a one-off […]

Mega-portfolio fulfils Virgin’s modest brief

It can pay to be keen. Met Studio was asked to provide three mood boards for Virgin’s new King’s Road Megastore (see First Sight, page 10). “They provided 53,” sighs Virgin design manager Gerrie Smith, staggering under the weight of a giant portfolio. The store opens on 19 November.

Charitable works

Many charities are still a little wary of design. Clare Dowdy explains how a firm working relationship can be beneficial to both parties.

US oil brand pumps 5m into revamp

US motor oil brand, Valvoline, is getting a 5m overhaul in an attempt to capture a greater share of the global automotive aftermarket. The company’s branding and packaging has been re-designed by Libby Perszyk Kathman in Cincinnati. The first redesigned product due to go on shelf is DuraBlend. This will be followed by SynPower and […]

Landor staff fear further job cuts

Staff at Landor Associates’ London office are bracing themselves for further redundancies, following the departure of at least four designers in the last two weeks. Design director Richard Stein, an airline branding specialist, is also believed to have been made redundant two weeks ago. European managing director Peter Farnell-Watson says Stein’s fixed term contract ended. […]

Nowicka Stern tantalises at the Hanover Grand

London nightclub Hanover Grand is getting a complete facelift from Nowicka Stern. The 800m2 space includes a stage, five bars, dance areas, balcony and a VIP area. The consultancy was shortlisted after a six-way credentials pitch, and was appointed after a paid creative pitch against Softroom. Nowicka Stern is treating the club as “a series […]

Taking risks is a key element of creativity

Later this month a dozen luminaries from inside and outside the creative community will meet at the Royal College of Art to kick off a debate about creativity. Why? Because the term design and advertising have long claimed as their own, is being bandied about as the key to Britain’s future, only it’s not being […]

New Moschino store

Hosker Moore & Kent is to design Moschino’s first free-standing UK store. The 790m2 shop will open in London’s Conduit Street next spring.

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