Wolff Olins recruits

Wolff Olins has appointed John Banks as its seventh principal, to work on the management of strategy-led behavioural change. Banks was previously with Cambridge Associates, which he jointly set up in 1981. The consultancy has also recruited Aidan Kirby as a UK consultant and Marina Leopardi as a consultant responsible for developing the Italian market.

Broadcast pay rises

Broadcast design salaries worldwide seem to be rising, according to the findings of an international salary survey published this month. US-based Broadcasting Design Association (BDA) International questioned electronic media designers in Europe, Latin America, Australia, South East Asia and North America. The overall mean income is 32 600, according to BDA, with a creative director […]

Customs and exercise

British designers are fast becoming the world leaders in exporting their talent to other countries. Reviewing a new book on cross-cultural design, Jeremy Myerson asks if they are the global gurus or simply imperial impostors – THE British design industry

Roland Cartier steps up image

Shoe brand Roland Cartier is to try on a new identity being created by Parker Stratton Design. – The London consultancy is working with interiors specialist David Bentheim & Company, which is creating new retail designs for 145 outlets.

Schweppes shakes up a new soft drink

Schweppes is launching a new adult soft drink called Oasis, with brand identity and packaging designed by Turner Duckworth. The consultancy’s managing director Chris Collis says the identity and packaging of the spring water and fruit juice drink “reinforces the calming nature of the product”. Creative partner Bruce Duckworth adds that the “distinctive shimmer in […]

Reviews signal UK design boom

Design is set to escalate up the corporate agenda as companies review their identities and relocation plans in the wake of changes in corporate culture, two separate surveys claim. The surveys were held by corporate design specialist Fishburn Hedges and international property consultant Richard Ellis. The Fishburn Hedges survey finds that half of the 30 […]

Capital Radio signals move to Leicester Square

Capital Radio has finalised plans to move from its Euston Tower headquarters in London to a site in Leicester Square. Morey Smith Associates is in the process of creating design concepts. The consultancy has been working on the project for six months and will apply for planning permission to reclad the exterior of the 1950s […]

Airport plans set for take-off

The budget was approved last week for the expansion of Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, with a funding package of 350.2m. Interior designer on the 10.25m project is US consultancy Skidmore Owings & Merill. The expansion will increase the number of passengers the airport can handle by six million a year to 16 million, says […]

What happens if words become meaningless?

Once again, there’s a lot of concern with the semantics of design. We’d already moved on from “packaging” to “branding”. Now it’s “brand identity” where once it might have been “corporate” or “retail identity” as consultancies strive to refocus their “offer” – that Eighties marketing term – to better suit the needs of clients. Is […]

3M repacked by Carré Noir

3M is repositioning its European range of medical products with a new graphic design hierarchy for its packaging created by Paris-based consultancy Carré Noir.

No review for bank buyout

Kleinwort Benson declines to comment on suggestions that its identity will be under review if it is taken over by Germany’s second biggest bank, Dresdner Bank. An announcement on the buyout ‘will be made in due course’, says a spokeswoman for the British investment bank.

NY agency wins gold award

Interbrand Schechter in New York has won the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Excellence for its redesign of the Aramark identity. Philadelphia-based Aramark, formerly named Ara Group, provides management services to business, education, healthcare, leisure and government. The addition of the “star person” to the logo is in recognition of the company’s employees, says a […]

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