Sampson Tyrrell gives Tarmac good grounding

The Tarmac Group yesterday unveiled its new Sampson Tyrrell Enterprise-designed corporate identity. The new identity – a radical departure from the old logo Design Research Unit first created in 1964 – signals Tarmac’s strategy to “get back to its two cor

New Zealand airline’s redesign makes waves

A “Pacific wave” which sweeps across the fuselage of its jets is central to Air New Zealand’s new identity, designed by Davies Baron in London. Appointed last year after an international four-way credentials pitch, Davies Baron has tackled both the exterior and interior of Air New Zealand’s planes. The airline’s general manager of international sales […]

Brief is the interactive Web site going on-line now to accompany compilation album Future Funk. Intro designed Future Funk’s CD graphics, point-of-sale material, posters and a TV commercial. The group has created 3D imagery mirroring the hybrid nature of such artists as Goldie and Massive Attack, says a spokeswoman. ‘The music deserves great visuals, so […]

State of the Art clarifies a few facts for Elmwood

In response to Paul Middlebrook’s letter (DW 19 April), we would like to clarify the following points. According to Borden Decorative Products, it contacted Elmwood and State of the Art and asked if they would undertake an unpaid pitch – both said no.

No room for the faint-hearted at the RCA

As you read this, Christopher Frayling knows his fate. He is either rector-in-waiting at the Royal College of Art, poised to take over when Tony Jones returns to the US this summer, or he has been passed over for the job for the second time. As we go to press, his appointment is close but […]

SKB cuts back design roster

The UK packaging roster for SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare has been reviewed, with the number of groups listed falling from ten to six. Smith & Milton Original, Klause Wuttke and Partners, Dohm Pusey, Wickens Tutt Southgate, Tutssels and Andrew Partridge Design remain on the roster. Wagstaffs, MPL, Direct Design, Haines McGregor and Trademarks Design are […]

Tourist board takes on 999

Design has been booked by the Scottish Tourist Board to design its 1997 guide. The Glasgow consultancy triumphed in a four-way unpaid creative pitch against three Edinburgh groups. In what was a “very tight decision”, according to STB production manager Colin Arthur, 999 Design “had the creative edge”. The three losing teams are believed to […]

Germany awards IDEO

Product design group IDEO is being lauded as Design Group of the Year 1996 by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Germany. It is the first time a non German design group has won the award. Past winners include the in-house teams at Braun, Mercedes Benz and Siemens.

Saul Bass

If heroes exist, then Saul Bass, who died last week, was certainly one to generations of graphic designers since the 1950s, not least to myself. Simply by playing truant from art school one afternoon and seeing The Man With The Golden Arm title sequence convinced me to switch from painting to graphic design. Bass created […]

Persil opts for human touch

Persil washing powder has a new packaging identity designed by Graphique. The Middlesex consultancy has worked on Persil projects for seven years, but won a three -way paid creative pitch for this job.

Harpin joins Haymarket team

Paul Harpin has joined Haymarket Magazines as director of design. Harpin, who took up his new post last week, will work with editorial director Mel Nichols across the company’s existing consumer titles and new launches.

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