27 February 1997

Asda in court over copycat branding

Supermarket chain Asda’s packaging for its Puffin range of chocolate biscuits was this week accused in court of being “virtually identical” to McVitie’s brand Penguin. McVitie’s, a United Biscuits subsidiary, is suing Asda for allegedly passing off its own-brand product, launched last year in packaging believed to be designed by Ian Logan Design. It is […]

US group seeks UK interior designers

An acquisitive US hotel group is on the hunt for a UK designer to “revolutionise interior design” as it renovates more than 70 properties in its portfolio. The salary attached to the position is rumoured to be 200 000. Starwood Lodging Trust is after someone to input design into the revamps as well as bring […]

Fitch shareholders see dividends from profits

A surge in UK profits has helped Fitch to pay its first dividend to shareholders in more than five years. Riding on its financial success, it now plans to push its business further into continental Europe and the Far East. Shareholders will receive 0.5p per share following a 20.2 per cent rise in pre-tax profits […]

Blue Marlin packs jars for Baxters food

Blue Marlin has provided a new identity for food brand Baxters’ packaging, focusing on its quality product ranges. The brief was to communicate the Scottish heritage of the products and Baxters’ integrity as a family-run business. Senior designer Mary Lewis created a “watchstrap” label format which uses specially commissioned tartans. Each product range carries either […]

Museums come top of Lottery Fund agenda

Museums have emerged as clear winners from the latest grants of Lottery cash made by the Heritage Lottery Fund. – A total of 23 museum and archive projects are to receive 137m from the fund, it was announced last week.

Serving up pitch and chips

As the financial stakes in top-flight football grow, the referee’s decision-making becomes crucial. So referees armed with micro-TVs and goalposts fitted with inductive loops have got to be a good thing – haven’t they? Mike Evamy has doubts

Japanese mix for herbal high

Who said alcopops were the sole province of young lemonade swiggers? From next month, health food fanatics will have their own tipple, laced with energy-inducing herbs such as guarana and Japanese black tea. London’s Turner Duckworth came up with the name Kampai, which means ‘Cheers!’ in the Far East, for independent drinks company The Prospect […]


“It’s like everyone showing your knickers”. – Theatre designer Tim Hatley on premiering sketch schemes to a play’s director and cast>

Plans progress for huge hotel

A London investment company “will be making appointments” to design what could be the capital’s biggest hotel, if it is successful in a current planning application. Blackfriars Investments has acquired Liverpool Victoria House, which occupies more than 41 000m2 in Bloomsbury, for 30m. It has applied for planning permission to convert the giant Grade II […]

Gucci gets makeover

Gucci boutiques worldwide are being revamped by Sofield Studios in New York. The group’s designs will go into existing stores and new locations. The fashion chain’s logo is also being modified, says the Sofield Studios spokeswoman, who gave no further details.

Come on, feel the noise

Attik and Springpoint have found a wealth of work along with encouragement, irony and a high level of brand awareness in New York. Peter Hall extends a welcome

Davies Hall in harmonious identity job

New international financial services company Paradigm has a corporate identity designed by Davies Hall. – Paradigm has been set up by the London underwriting agency Falcon, whose identity was also designed by Davies Hall.

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