Time of the signs

Signs in an art gallery, theatre or hall have to inform a large and varied audience with a different set of needs from travellers at train stations or airports. Emma O Kelly examines three signage programmes in ‘art’ venues and discovers the numerous prob

Giant flagship for Virgin Vie

Virgin Vie, the brand’s cosmetics retail chain, is currently set to launch a largescale flagship store before embarking on a national expansion programme. The chain has surprised the retail property market by acquiring a 476m2 store on London’s Oxford Street as its first outlet. The high-profile site is unusually large for a cosmetics and toiletries […]

Designers should say no to lookalike branding

Graphic designers should pull together and refuse to carry out lookalike packaging, said Interbrand creative director Chris Lightfoot last week. He was speaking along with British Brands Group director John Noble at the Packaging Solutions Advice Group’s debate on lookalike packs, The Right to Brand. The debate took place the week that ASDA’s redesigned Puffin […]

New director set to raise RSA’s profile

Penny Egan, appointed as director of the Royal Society of Arts, says she wants to use design to help project the RSA as a “think tank for the nation”. Egan, the first woman in the RSA’s 243-year history to hold the post, says a rethink of the society’s corporate identity and the design of its […]


Pyott Design has created new duty free brochures for British Airways’ Chinese and Japanese routes. The brochures feature the shiny new BA identity from Newell and Sorrell and an illustration of a fine pair of legs next to some shopping bags. Such a shame about that bunion. Or is it a corn?

New concept for convenience

A US petrol retailer is bringing out a new retail concept targeting the convenience store “connoisseur”. – The store concept for Dupont Company subsidiary Conoco is called Breakplace and has been created by Lippincott & Margulies in New York.

US group to buy Davies Baron

US corporate branding group Diefenbach Elkins has agreed to buy Davies Baron for an undisclosed sum. – The move follows the acquisition of Diefenbach Elkins by the Interpublic Group of Companies earlier this year, when the US consultancy revealed ambitiou

Copycat fee disparity

It’s time for designers to take responsibility for their designs and resist the temptation of getting involved with “me too” own-brand packs for immoral retailers. So we heard at the Packaging Solutions Advice Group’s debate on lookalike packaging last week. According to Interbrand’s Chris Lightfoot, designing copycat packs doesn’t even pay well. You’d only get […]


Are you interested in Formula One racing? Here’s your chance to look at Formula One images in The Golden Era 1950-1969. – Photographs by Michael Tee.

Mad in Manchester?

Manchester designers really understand the concept of branding. Poo-pooing official efforts for a logo, designers, DJs, architects and the like have put their heads together. Simply Red’s manager Elliot Rashman is having the message Made In Manchester tattooed on his person for the launch. An insider promised that the other members of the group would […]

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