22 August 1996

Cable operators tune in to sports channels

European cable and satellite sports channels are blooming as the rise in subscription packages and pay-per-view deals impacts on coverage of sport throughout the Continent, drawing audiences away from traditional terrestrial viewing. “Everyone is snapping up sports rights,” says a Novocom spokesman. The Los Angeles design consultancy has created the on-screen identity for Sport 7, […]

Design called in on alcopops

Design has an important role to play in targeting so-called “alcopops” away from under-age drinkers, says the Portman Group, which has found evidence that some products still fall outside its code of practice. The breaches in the code, announced in April, are in the naming and packaging rather than the merchandising, says Portman Group deputy […]

New Designers judges swayed by a quick fix

Regarding the Bateman Brewery identity (First Sight, DW 9 August), I designed the Bateman logo from scratch nearly 30 years ago and used it on their bottle labels, beer mats and other point- of-sale items. Originally, the actual brewery tower was pictured on the labels. I much simplified it, adding the crossed sails to show […]

BPB builds up new identity

Smosarski & Partners has designed a new corporate identity for building materials and paper group BPB. BPB has an annual turnover of 1.


British Steel’s brief for Design House was to come up with a corporate brochure illustrating the success of the company since its privatisation. The aim was to reposition the company, charting its transformation from an unprofitable, state-owned industry to Europe’s biggest, most successful steel company. ‘We used big ideas and powerful visual images demonstrating British […]

Habitat’s Croydon store gets new look

Habitat re-opens an extended and revamped Croydon store this week which aims to break a tradition of “impersonal” out-of-town stores, according to a spokesman. Design is by London architect Gerard Taylor, who beat Din Associates, Graven Images and Davies Baron in a paid creative pitch. “Most out-of-town retail spaces don’t have much character, you just […]

Take cover! Umbrella’s staff are out on the town

Directors snuggled up to each other, partners got their kit off and danced the flamenco, two designers mimicked a bull and staged the toreador scene from Bizet’s Carmen. Or something like that. “Make it all up, it probably happened,” Annabel Wright ordered a DW hack. Wright has just joined graphics and retail shopfitting company Umbrella […]


The Victoria & Albert Museum may be strapped for cash, but it can’t be accused of neglecting classic artworks. Seven Raphael tapestry cartoons which have been under wraps since 1992 will be on show after 19 October.

Millet tries on a new image

Outdoor clothing and equipment chain Millet’s Leisure is undergoing an image overhaul with interiors by Crabtree Hall and graphics by Davies Baron. The 160-strong chain is to trial the new concepts at three existing stores and will then consider a roll-out across the whole chain. No date has been set for the opening of the […]


Tutssels has designed packaging and point-of-sale material for Solpaflex, a brand extension to SmithKline Beecham’s Solpadeine brand of pain killers. BT has taken out a temporary injunction against New World Payphones to prevent it painting six of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s famous K6 telephone boxes green. A full hearing will take place in mid-October. Tor […]

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