The first in a planned chain of consumer electronics stores has opened in Dubai using a new interiors format created by London design group Portland. Plug-Ins is owned by Dubai trading group Al-Futtaim, which aims to develop the name into a leading brand. Using the retail brand message: ‘It’s not about technology but what it can do for you,’ the store aims to educate and inspire shoppers, while avoiding reliance on technology-led supplier advertising. Plug-Ins, which measures nearly 2000m2, uses the concept of futuristic travel ports to help customers move around the store. A circular ‘launch-pad’ to the radiating store plan, runway-like walkways and giant videoscreens are also used.
In-house design experts say designers need to be braver when releasing products into the world, but maintain that ROI dialogue should not stifle creativity.
The moustachioed mascot for Pringles UK has been given his first makeover in 20 years in a redesign from Jones Knowles Ritchie.
The 59th edition of the design and advertising body’s annual has an editorial slant, and has been designed by Studio Dumbar.
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