Edinburgh’s Northcross has appointed Jonathan Evans, formerly a director at Tayburn McIroy Coates, as graphic design director.

PG Tips has launched a new pyramid- shaped tea bag, created in-house, in packaging designed by Catalyst Creatives.

A successful flotation this week leaves furniture and houseware store chain Heal’s with 1.8m to invest in new stores. Chief executive Colin Pilgrim is aiming to open one new store per year. Virgile & Stone is in the running for design work.

Smith & Milton Original has redesigned the packaging and branding of Crookes Healthcare’s E45 emollient.

Fanta has brought in the services of a chart-topping dance music DJ to add a bit of ‘surreal fun from the street’ to the soft drink’s relaunch this spring. JX, a graphic design graduate as well as a DJ, has created a series of treatments which will be used by Fanta for limited edition JX merchandise, such as skateboards and T-shirts, as well as on vending machines. ‘I’m totally into doing this stuff for Fanta because it’s a cool way of using the graphics I’m into,’ says JX. The brand’s relaunch will be spearheaded by a 15m advertising campaign, plus a new logo and drink can design by Big Fish.

Wandsworth Council has this week given Parkview International planning permission for the development of the site around Battersea Power Station. Arup Associates’ masterplan foresees hotels, theatres and housing for the 12.2ha site.

Bodoni Design in Stockport has created new packaging for the Mrs Patel’s range of Gujarati-style ready-meals.

Woolworths’ in-house design team was responsible for a new themed “kids only” confectionery area introduced in its Middlesbrough store last week.

French dairy Senoble is entering the UK market with the launch of sponge and fromage frais dessert Charlotte. Pack design is by Dragon International.

The business community has been targeted with the launch this week of Royal Mail’s new self-adhesive stamps, with packaging graphics created by Delaney Design Consultants. The new first and second class stamps are issued in boxes of 100, and a corner of the packaging’s enlarged stamp is peeled back to show the stamps’ self-adhesive nature. Delaney was also responsible for the design of presentation packs and first-day covers for the new range.

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