21 August 1997

Millenium countdown

The following pages are dedicated to the various celebratory schemes planned for the year 2000 which put design in the spotlight. Matthew Valentine edits Design Week’s round up of projects both at home and abroad as we start counting down to the millenniu

V is for anti-climax

The launch proper of the Virgin Vie brand is looming – and is being preceded by a bizarre teaser campaign. First, selected parties were sent sealed petri dishes filled with iron filings and accompanied by a magnet. Next a “crystal garden”, a stone which cleverly grew mould when wet, arrived. Now offices are suffering the […]


Make a note of Retailpack ’97 the only niche packaging exhibition of its kind, which takes place this year from 14-16 October. The show will have two focal points, packaging design and point of purchase material. Venue: Olympia, London W14. Don’t forget this year’s American Institute of Graphic Arts national conference – Jambalaya: the Design […]


‘I always seem to be finding 20 000 stuffed away somewhere,’ says Maurice Acton (right), chairman of the recently formed MTA Group. Clients will be pleased to hear that he is not talking about 50 notes, but about wasted Air Miles. Acton is a seasoned traveller, as most of the group’s work tends to be […]

Direct image from Tutssels

The Royal SunAlliance is unveiling a new corporate identity on 1 September for its direct insurance arm, which it says will be pivotal in establishing its brand. Tutssels created the identity after winning a credentials pitch against Design House and Johnson Banks. The consultancy won on its ability to translate brand images from literature to […]

Regional accents

Emma O Kelly rounds-up some of the landmark projects that escaped the funding cuts to receive millennium cash and charts the progress of their design

Horseman Cooke in McBains deal

Abbott Mead Vickers’ through-the-line agency McBains has acquired design consultancy Horseman Cooke – now Horseman Cooke McBains – for an undisclosed sum. Horseman Cooke founders Mike Horseman and Gary Cooke will be managing director and creative director respectively. Their 12-strong team will be retained and will work alongside McBains’ creative team, which is headed by […]

Wolff Olins apology

We regret publication of a letter from Tom Gifford in last week’s issue of Design Week (Letters, DW 15 August), which includes allegations about Wolff Olins and the Odeon Cinema identity project that are completely unfounded. We are sorry for any embarrassment caused.

Conran in café cameo

Sharp-eyed TV viewers may have caught a glimpse of Terence Conran as he wafted through last week’s episode of Pie in the Sky. The Habitat founder and restaurant magnate was filmed, Hitchcock-like, emerging from his Cantina del Ponte, next door to the Design Museum at Butler’s Wharf on the Thames. Henry Crabbe, the overweight cooking […]


Hunt Graphics is the new trading name for the laminates and consumables manufacturer set up by Hunt Europe and Sallmetall in The Netherlands. Glazer Design Associates has created a corporate brochure to help launch the company globally. It already serves around 65 per cent of the presentation graphics market. Hunt Graphics was established following Hunt […]

Store designs jilted by Virgin Bride

Virgin Bride, the one-stop wedding shop launched by Richard Branson’s group last year, is dropping its store design by Morey Smith and Design Clinic after disappointing sales. The retailer has appointed The Principals Group to redevelop the store to an early October deadline. The original store format featured relatively minimalist interiors by Morey Smith and […]

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