Ah, Gitanes, the very word has a sub-text of dreamy design and sensual Frenchness. Even hardened non-smokers will be tempted by a pack. Japanese designer Shin Matsunaga has won a competition for Gitanes Blondes’ new pack design (top) against 20 designers worldwide. All the concepts will be exhibited at the Pompidou Centre in Paris from 7 to 19 February. Other entries were by Pentagram founder Alan Fletcher (bottom), French design doyenne AndrÃ©e Putman and Guardian designer David Hillman.
McDermott & McGough’s piece is a functional, secular safe space that can be used by the public for quiet contemplation or hired out for ceremonies.
This month, head to Manchester for a city-wide design extravaganza, delve into the world of Roald Dahl and read all about the history of graphic design.
Exhibitions, print fairs and a room full of giant bees are among our picks of the best events to get down to at this year’s Northern extravaganza.
As World Mental Health Day takes place this week, we speak to designers, freelance creatives and illustrators about their experiences of mental illness or issues, and ask