15 December 2005

Design opportunities as NTL and Virgin Mobile discuss merger

Branding, strategy and design opportunities will emerge if cable operator NTL’s merger bid for Virgin Mobile proves successful, according to Virgin Group brand marketing director Ashley Stockwell.NTL intends to use the Virgin brand to run across a ‘quadruple play’ of Internet, television and fixed line and mobile telephony services. Stockwell says the companies are planning […]

Profile: Dennis Hwang

Although the phenomenal success of Google is mostly down to its functionality, its inspired and eclectic branding plays a part too. John Stones meets the man behind the doodles. Google is one of the few brands to transcend the dotcom bubble to true ubiquity. With an awesome stock market valuation, it, like Hoover, has the […]

Monster mash

Who makes the best monsters? It used to be a battle between the actors and the model-makers. Not any more. Perhaps inspired by Boris Karloff in King of the Kongo (1929), special effects wizards Willis O’Brien and Marcel Delgado created the original stop-motion King Kong in 1933. Their 50cm-high metal skeleton, covered in rabbit fur, […]

Starck and GBH put Virgin Galactic identity into orbit

Philippe Starck has unveiled the identity for Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceflight operator, created in collaboration with GBH Design. The logo was revealed yesterday, along with Starck-conceived plans for the construction of the first dedicated private spaceport in New Mexico in the US. The $200m (£113m) spaceport will cover 7000ha of desert, but […]


How many times have you heard the words: ‘that’s not’ or ‘you can’t’? Whether I’m meandering along the South Bank in the back of a black cab or, heaven forbid, in industry circles, I seem to happen upon it a lot. Phrases such as ‘that’s not art’, ‘that’s not design’ or ‘you can’t do it […]

Lambie-Nairn idents increase NOS exposure

Dutch national broadcaster Nederlandse Omroep Stichting has unified its entire programming under a single identity, conceived by London consultancy Lambie-Nairn. Lambie-Nairn was appointed to the work following an international pitch. The nine-month project reached across the broadcaster’s corporate, news, sport and youth output and took in audio and visual branding, as well as set design, […]

Twocreate produces business cards for Channel 4 producer

Design group Twocreate has produced business cards in the style of a banknote for Channel 4 TV producer Sheridan (Shed) Simove. The idea is to encourage recipients to circulate them like authentic banknotes. The notes reflect Simove’s life and ideals, displaying, among other things, the names of his relatives and his idol, Walt Disney.

Festival of commerce

Christmas has become a holiday of consumerism and clichés, but Jim Davies suggests we should cut back on the excess and celebrate it more responsibly. There’s a seasonal joke my nine-year-old son has been dusting off for the past couple of years. It goes like this. Q: What did the grumpy bloke say on Christmas […]

Dunnes Stores hits home with CDG

Irish food, textiles and furniture retailer Dunnes Stores has launched its first stand-alone homeware store on Dublin’s Georges Street, showcasing a retail landscape conceived by Conran Design Group. The 1115m2 Dunnes Home sets its sights on Dublin’s market of young, urban professionals and has at its heart an apartment set, housed on an elevated plinth. […]

Creatives should take responsibility for their actions

With regards to the ‘free-pitching’ debate, my opinion is that it is the design industry’s fault. For example, recently Matalan asked 15 groups to do creative work. This is incredibly desperate of the consultancies. Matalan isn’t on my wish list, but if Nike approached us and said there were four groups in the pot, that […]

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