Give praise to the church as it fully adopts identity

With reference to Danielle Green’s News Analysis (DW 3 July), I was mildly surprised to see my Church of England logo captioned ‘designer unknown’. No matter. It is, I think, worth pointing out that religious organisations are not like companies when it comes to co-ordinated implementation of an identity programme. In the case of the […]

Thorntons set to revamp branding

Three consultancies are working with confectionery group Thorntons, Design Week can exclusively reveal, as it tries to regain focus and differentiate its own products from ‘faceless corporate’ rivals such as Cadbury and Werthers. Working on branding and packaging for Thorntons’ flagship Continental Chocolate (revamped packaging pictured) and Toffee ranges, set to relaunch in September and […]

Homeless charity finds True North

True North is close to revealing identity concepts to propel self-help homeless charity Emmaus – a household name in France – into the limelight in the UK, as it embarks on a rapid expansion plan this year. Emmaus organises voluntary ‘communities’ of long-term homeless people that combine residential and employment opportunities in one package, with […]

New Designers exhibition shows off award winners

Twenty-eight young product, furniture and graphics designers were given a personal and financial boost last week as winners at New Designers’ Future of Design Awards in London. A graphic design graduate from Nottingham Trent University, Phil Robson, won the top award – the Business Design Centre New Designer of the Year for Part Two of […]

Wedgwood fired up by its flagship

Wedgwood, the classic English ceramics brand, will unveil its retail model for contemporary ‘inspired living’ in October, when its London flagship store reopens with interiors by Hosker Moore Kent Melia. The project comes at a time when Waterford Wedgwood – the company behind the brand – is facing financial difficulties and stalling consumer demand (DW […]

Don’t rock a listing ship

Jim Davies wonders whether you should be busting a gut to get on to a client’s roster when you’ll constantly have to prove your worth to save walking the plank

The capers of our comic heroes make us less Bluw

A good joke bears telling twice. So, while we may have missed the boat on Bluw’s promos for last year’s British Comedy Awards, we’re showing the visuals now – sent in with the group’s ‘we’re brilliant’ mailer. Comedy giants Ricky Gervais, Alan Partridge and Johnny Vegas are given their pomp and circumstance in a series […]

Wilkinson Eyre revamps office

Empress State – a distinctive, 30-storey, Y-shaped, 1960s office block near Earl’s Court in London – has been refurbished by architect Wilkinson Eyre in a project that involves a revolving bar venue, a 220-cover restaurant and an open terrace on the 27th floor. The work was commissioned by Landflex – a sub-brand of property firm […]

Covered love

The old adage warns us not to judge a book by its cover, but with such a range of materials and inks out there, a designer ignores it at their peril, says Clare Dowdy

Phantom Power by Super Furry Animals

Released next Monday is Welsh band Super Furry Animals’ latest album, Phantom Power. It is the band’s second album to be produced simultaneously on both DVD and CD formats following the success of 2001’s Rings Around the World. Film and animation is created by NoBrake, which has provided animated sequences that ‘tell the story’ of […]

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Jaywing creates branding for cultural initiative Hull 2017

Consultancy Jaywing has created the place branding for Hull 2017, the initiative marking the northern city’s status as UK City of Culture. The logo is an “H” shape constructed out of a series of geometric lines, used against a colourful palette of purple, green, yellow, blue and pink. Gavin Shore, creative director at Jaywing, says […]