The right stuff

What can a thoughtfully selected material, or unusual finish, add to a project? Why opt for brass, not chrome; and how can materials that are often overlooked help match theme and function? Hannah Booth finds some answers

Scottish Parliament enlists Format

Norwich-based Format Design has been appointed to create print material and Web applications for The Scottish Parliament for the next five years, in what is believed to be a six-figure contract for the consultancy. Format was appointed following an 18-month tendering process to create print material ranging from annual reports and brochures to stationery, Christmas […]

A special relationship

In his second book, Paul Davis asks Britons and Americans what they think of each other. Angus Hyland appreciates his satirical portraits

The momentary magic of Saul Bass’s film titles

Ask anyone in design to name their favourite architect and you’ll be lucky if they cite the obvious Norman Foster or, if they are particularly interested in the subject, Daniel Libeskind or Frank Gehry. Such is the distance between the professions that designers are only one up on the general public in their awareness of […]

Poulter set for JML brand overhaul

Leeds-based consultancy Poulter Group has been appointed by JML, the in-store and home shopping retailer, to review its position and brand identity. Out-Think, the brand consulting arm of Poulter, will provide strategy and implementation for the entire JML brand, across packaging, in-store presentation, internal communication and the company’s digital television channel. JML-branded goods are distributed […]

Greene King relaunches Beer to Dine

National brewer Greene King relaunched its Beer to Dine For product last week, with a brand identity and packaging by Design Bridge. A carafe-style bottle aims to encourage diners to ‘bring beer back to the dinner table’, says consultancy account director Claire Leitao. The same shape, combined with a fork piercing the word ‘beer’, reinforces […]


ThePhaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture presents a global survey of current projects from around the world completed in the past five years. The book is priced £100. Manga – Sixty Years of Japanese Comics by Paul Gravett offers an illustrated introduction to the development and diversity of Japanese comics from 1945 to the present. […]

Wheelhouse Creative designs Anita Roddick book

Wheelhouse Creative has designed the latest book from Anita Roddick’s publishing imprint Anita Roddick Books. Troubled Water, a collection of essays about the global water crisis, is the third book in the activist series Take It Personally and the fourth book that Wheelhouse has designed for ARB. Troubled Water is published in October.

Footwork refresh ready to score

David Beckham will kick off a revamp of his Footwork Productions brand this month. Details are being kept under close wraps, but the visual identity of the company that manages his off-pitch income is thought to feature a graphic image of Beckham in mid-kick, alongside his right footprint. Footwork Productions’ turnover last year was £8.7m.

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