24 November 2005


MA Photography Final Show runs until 2 December. Venue: The Galleries, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London SE1. Details: www.finalshow2005.com

Profile: Robert Opie

Robert Opie’s vast collection of packaging, dating back to the 1800s, provides a colourful history of marketing design and triggers a strong sense of nostalgia. John Stones takes a trip back in time. For most of us, packaging is something we discard. Once it has exerted its magic on us and persuaded us to part […]

Sam Buxton designs car coat hanger

Product designer Sam Buxton has designed a car coat hanger under a commission by car manufacturer Vauxhall. Comprised of three main parts, the hangers allow multiple objects to be hung simultaneously, much like a mobile. The design can be folded to almost half its full width and still be used to hold smaller objects. The […]

Vario stirs up an inclusive revolution with Teva 360 packs

Teva UK, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of generic pharmaceuticals, has overhauled its brand identity and entire range of packaging, with design work by multi-disciplinary consultancy Vario. The consultancy has developed the visual language over the past 18 months, after having been appointed by Teva in a pitch against Vallis Tammaro and 999 Design. […]


Everyone talks about creativity these days, but not so many people genuinely invest in it. So I’ve always been inspired by PizzaExpress’ commitment to contemporary art. Over the past 40 years, it has supported a huge number of artists by buying their work and hanging it in its restaurants. It also set up the Prospects […]

Pandora’s box

David Bernstein discovers a mixture of surprises when he opens up the latest official design industry report, but says it’s still best to keep informed.

Nestlé axes in-house design team

Nestlé UK has disposed of its in-house design division, Group Creative Services, in an arrangement with US-based packaging design specialist Anthem Worldwide.The services and 50-plus employees of Group Creative Services will transfer to Anthem, but remain based at Nestlé UK’s York office. It is Anthem’s first move into Europe.Nestlé UK corporate affairs and communications director […]

Free-pitching is not just for large consultancies

I would hate to think that any young designer, or client for that matter, reading Rebecca Bletcher’s letter ‘Is free-pitching a case of survival of the fittest?’ might think that only larger consultancies take a stance on this practice (many don’t), or that only those ‘with the keenest creative edge can expect to survive’ (Letters, […]

Sorrell’s sharp tongue over rivals

WPP chief executive Martin Sorrell accused rival marketing services networks of engaging in ‘desperate’ behaviour to win business and attract top staff, according to reports this week. At a conference in Barcelona, Sorrell is quoted as describing Interpublic Group, which owns FutureBrand and Jack Morton Worldwide, as a ‘wounded animal’, with ‘little cost control in […]

Hamleys to expand into global toy market

Hamleys is looking to reposition itself as a premium global toy brand, opening standalone stores in capital cities worldwide and redesigning the packaging for its entire range of products.The toy store confirms it has held a pitch with four consultancies to work on brand strategy; a final appointment will be signed off tomorrow. ‘We are […]

Thinkfarm builds Roundhouse identity

Roundhouse, the cultural centre located in London’s Camden, has unveiled its revamped brand identity, designed by Thinkfarm, ahead of the venue’s reopening next spring.The building, where the likes of the Rolling Stones made their names, is currently undergoing a £28m redevelopment to transform it into an international performance space.‘A rebrand became essential because, in effect, […]

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