Hard Rock Hotels scours the capital for suitable site

Hard Rock International is aiming to design a luxury-branded Hard Rock Hotel in London, following the opening later this year of its first European hotel. The European flagship, which will be based in Madrid, includes an interior design concept by United Designers. Hard Rock is looking for sites in London but has yet to appoint […]


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Sheffield FC appoints 442 Design

Sheffield United Football Club has appointed Glasgow consultancy 442 Design to create a ‘superstore’ at its Bramall Lane stadium. The 320m2 Blades Superstore will double the size of the shop.

Think outside the penalty box

The World Cup is a priceless branding opportunity, but have commercial pressures diluted the strength of the designs? Clare Goff finds out. For football fans it’s the ultimate tournament; for brands it’s the ultimate platform. The World Cup rodeo kicks off in Germany next month. Sports pundits are already dissecting the effect of Wayne Rooney’s […]

Ben Kelly and Pentagram craft a bright future for Origin

The Crafts Council has appointed Ben Kelly Design to conceive a pavilion structure that will house its inaugural London craft fair Origin, with an identity designed by Pentagram. Taking place this autumn at Somerset House, Origin replaces the Chelsea Crafts Fair, which has run for the past 26 years. The partnership with Somerset House is […]

The Farm helps CMMB go international

The Farm has undertaken a comprehensive brand identity overhaul for Caribbean Money Market Brokers in a project worth about £200 000 to the consultancy.Financial services company CMMB appointed The Farm and brand strategy consultancy KSBR following a nine-way creative pitch last summer, to develop the brand ahead of a global expansion programme. According to The […]

Totally weird

The trend New Weird America coined a whimsical indie music sub-genre that soon infiltrated illustration. Its visual pioneers have created an ethereal, imagined aesthetic, very much based in the real, says Yolanda Zappaterra

The secret of getting bigger

How do you stay creative and introduce better business procedures as your consultancy grows? Mark Shaw has some advice for expanding firms

Bespoke bindings

In a world where books are cheaper and more throw-away than ever before, the painstaking craft of bookbinding is a pleasing anomaly. Personal libraries are on the decline – gaze into the future and, surely, most books will be read via a screen rather than on paper. Yet a new breed of artistic patron is […]

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