In a £40m rebranding exercise, cable company NTL has brought all its acquisitions under one name. ‘We wanted consumers to relate to NTL in a positive way, with the identity reflecting the company,’ says marketing director Mike Hounsell. Customer research on the proposed new look was carried out by an independent research company, and ten workshops were held for employees. Hounsell looked at five or six consultancies before selecting Basten Greenhill Andrews for its ‘strength of process, which led to the final design’. On picking a consultancy for a project such as his, Hounsell says: ‘The group needs to be very clear on the disparate values [of the company], and should have a strategic approach to design rather than just getting a nice look… The design has to be integral to the marketing strategy.’
The rebrand by Blast Design is centred around a logo with ligature-inspired lettering and a graphic device made of joined-up lines, to express the idea of “bringing people together”.
Centaur’s marketing and communications division has been repositioned as XEIM, a name derived from “eXcellence in marketing”, which XEIM helps its customers achieve.
Tech company Envisics has used augmented reality and holograms to create a new way of showing drivers which way to go, with directions displayed on the roads in front of
As part of our series on design in 2019, Chris Clarke, deputy creative director at The Guardian, looks at what will happen in print design over the next 12 months.