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Michael Stewart Design has redesigned the packaging for Woody’s alcoholic fruit drinks in response to concern over the product’s appeal to underage drinkers.

Pressure group Alcohol Concern is calling for an independent body to replace the drinks industry-funded Portman Group for the monitoring of alcopops packaging.>

Light & Coley has designed a new identity for Rufflette, the UK’s leading brand of curtain tape. The group is now working on packaging and literature.

Product design has been introduced as a category for the first time in this year’s Birmingham Design Awards. Entry details from Frank Peters on 0121-608 6000.

Cadbury has opened a new attraction at its Cadbury World visitor centre. Called Cadabra, the car-based ride has been designed by Imagination. Treats along the way include a landscape which evolves through the four seasons, an encounter with a Caramel Bunny, and 300 individually crafted ‘bean’ characters. Two years in the planning, the 1.2m Cadabra is the biggest single investment in Cadbury World since its opening in the Midlands in 1990.

Xfm, London’s latest FM radio station, will start broadcasting in September with a logo by freelance Andy Vella.

29-year-old Simon Noyes from Somerset has won the 10 000 Folio Society 50th Anniversary Award for his illustrations to Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination (pictured). Noyes was one of 50 illustrators shortlisted from nearly 1000 entrants. Quentin Blake chaired the judges and presented the prizes to Noyes, student winner Howard Read and discretionary winner Peter Nencini. An exhibition of the shortlisted work and previous winners is to be held at the British Museum from 30 January to 27 April.

Proposals for a Museum of British History on the site of London’s St Bartholomew’s hospital have been put forward to the Millennium Commission. Design is by Derek Walker Associates.

Packaging for Dragon Brand Birds Nest helped Design in Action secure the Singapore Design Award in the group’s first year of trading in the region.

Midland Bank’s familiar griffin logo will be phased out over the next 18 months, to be replaced with the hexagon logo of parent company HSBC. All design work has been carried out by in-house departments.

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