15 January 1998

First rosters for Co-Op planned

Co-Operative Retail Services has launched a full review of its design requirements prior to making its first design rosters. CRS design manager Christine Evans, who joined late last year from Sainsbury’s, plans to establish separate rosters for packaging and store design. Evans was appointed to address branding issues at CRS. “We are looking to increase […]

UK chapter for US book giant

A US music and book retailer is to open three superstores in the UK, designed by London consultancy Allen Gale Partnership. The chain Borders bought Books Etc last October and plans to develop the Borders name alongside the Books Etc marque. The first store will open in London’s Oxford Street in August, followed by a […]

Cobalt buys Jenkins Group from receiver

The Jenkins Group has been bought out of receivership for an undisclosed sum by Cobalt, the brand communications consultancy it merged with last autumn (DW 17 October 1997). The Jenkins Group was suffering from “a long-term problem of massive debt incurred in the late 1980s”, says chairman Nick Jenkins. “We thought the merger would sort […]

Government taskforce seeks to define design

These blow-up dolls form part of Bravo television’s new on-air identity package, which was created in-house. The eight vignettes have been designed around humorous scenarios to appeal to the cable and satellite channel’s audience, says Bravo head of presentations and promotions Mark Dodd. All the idents are the work of creative director Alun Constable, art […]

UK to benefit from US surplus

UK designers are well placed to benefit from increased spending on naming and corporate identity in the US, according to the president of a leading New York consultancy. The mushrooming retail sector could prove a particularly rich vein, predicts Anspach Grossman Enterprise president Jim Johnson. The group has just released the figures for its annual […]

Behind every major product lies teamwork

Referring to Howard Biddle’s letter (DW 9 January), I do share his view that there are many team members behind the scenes who seldom get praise, particularly engineers. I believe this is partly due to the specialised nature of such disciplines which tend to appeal only to those with similar interests or experience. This is […]

Marketplace revamps Post Office retail format

Post Office Counters, which operates the 19 100 Post Office outlets in the UK, has appointed Marketplace Design to work on a major review of its retail format. The consultancy is working on first-stage designs, in preparation for at least two trial outlets due to open in July or August. Work will concentrate on the […]

Finishing lines

Nicky Churchill discovers a resurgence of popularity in laminates and looks into the latest developments


Architects and Exhibition Design attempts to cover British exhibition design from the Thirties as well as looking at contemporary work and forward to the millennium. From 22 January-7 March. Venue: Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London W1. In the first major exhibition on the seminal practice for 25 years, Archigram shows the group’s visions of […]

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