London-based brand agency Boldspace has appointed illustrator and graphic designer Yuko Kondo as its new art director. Kondo has previously run his own studio and also worked at Wieden+Kennedy and AMV BBDO.
Manchester-based agency Anything has announced Alex Atkinson as its head of design. Atkinson, who has worked at McCann previously, will oversee the agency’s digital output.
Interbrand has appointed Paralympic athlete Anna Johannes as a strategist in inclusive design. Johannes won a Bronze medal for swimming at the 2012 Paralympic Games. She will work with Interbrand’s director of inclusive design to help embed inclusivity in branding. Interbrand also promoted Gonzalo Brulo to global chief executive.
Elmwood New York has appointed Jeanne Manuli as executive strategy director. Manuli was previously at Huge, where she led Android’s brand refresh. Elmwood has also promoted Natasha Young to its head of client partnerships for the US.
FutureBrand’s London office has announced Polly Hopkins as its new managing director. Hopkins has worked across branding, communications and business transformation with clients in Europe and the US.
London brand consultancy Echo has announced Charlie Hughes as its new strategy director, where she will lead on strategic work across sectors including fitness and fashion. Hughes has previously worked with clients including Virgin Media and The Economist.
Ad agency Elvis has appointed Tom Gudgeon as its first ever head of design. Gudgeon, who has previously worked at The PlayGround and McCann, is looking to build on the agency’s design output.
Graphic designer Astrid Stavro has been appointed president of the International Society of Typographic Designers, where she will look to strengthen the organisation’s international network and improve its diversity. This will include promoting typography’s role in the digital sector. “I look forward to building on [ISTD’s] amazing heritage, championing the relevance of typographic standards internationally as well as making ISTD more culturally relevant, open and diverse,” says Stavro.
Designer and silversmith Rupert Welch is a new ambassador at Anti Copying in Design (ACID). “We must do better to nurture creativity, encourage invention and design and protect those ground-breaking ideas,” he says.
Design consultancy Dn&co has rebranded as DNCO. The new name and identity are a “subtle shift that reflects bigger ambitions and deeper changes in the business”, DNCO explains. The studio was established in 2004 and is now 100% employee-owned.
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