Hackney Empire is scheduled to unveil the second phase of its development programme on 14 September. The renovated venue includes a new 24-ton visual identity at the front of the building, an education studio, the Marie Lloyd Rendezvous Bar (pictured), and a hospitality suite by Tim Ronalds and Ronald Muldoon, with graphic design by Crescent Lodge. Creative director Muldoon says, ‘We have incorporated modern design with the old. We didn’t want to have anything corny-modern – not too much glass. We didn’t want people to feel as if they were on display like something in a goldfish bowl. We wanted the bar, in particular, to be something unique.’
The AI research team now forms part of Google’s Beijing office, and will be working with the tech company’s engineering teams.
A new report by financial consultancy Brand Finance looks at the potential financial impact of forcing big companies such as Pepsi Co and Coca-Cola to have non-branded packaging.
Games and augmented reality features for children sit alongside artificial intelligence features for parents, who can ask questions to find out about their child’s progress.
The winning entry of the product design competition will be awarded £3,000, while a further £2,000 will go to the university they study at.