27 January 2005

£200M Lottery fund for playgrounds

In a move that should benefit designers, the Government has earmarked £200m of Lottery funding to improve children’s play areas across the country. The announcement by Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell last week comes in response to a review of children’s play provision by former Health Secretary Frank Dobson. Jowell says the Big Lottery Fund money […]

Chairman of Guggenheim Museum resigns

The chairman of the Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lewis, has resigned over plans to expand the US-headquartered museum into a worldwide brand, according to press reports in the New York Times.

Newspaper Marketing Agency Insight Event

No One commissioned Alan Kitching to design the invitations for last week’s Newspaper Marketing Agency Insight Event for advertising creative teams, which took place at the offices of The Guardian newspaper in London. The design recalls ‘sensationalist red top headlines’, says No One design director Simon Manchipp.

Airbus unveils redesigned aircraft livery

At the launch of its A380 super-jumbo aircraft in France last week (DW 20 January), Airbus also unveiled redesigned aircraft livery. The design builds on the existing Airbus logo and was created by the Airbus in-house corporate design department.

Rawfish to design for French fashion chain Est West

Rawfish has been appointed to design a revised retail concept for French fashion chain, Est West. The designs will run across the entire network, including 32 stores located along the south coast of France in the Aix en Provence region. Work will commence on-site in late spring.

Wolff Olins’ logo a new kid in town

Wolff Olins has designed the identity and brand strategy for the new town of Bracknell, ahead of proposals to redevelop the South of England conurbation. The consultancy was appointed by Bracknell Regeneration Partnership in the summer of 2003 for an undisclosed fee and consulted closely with Bracknell Forest Borough Council, local landowners and a team […]

Red Design video for new Quantic release

Jazz/disco/funk band Quantic releases the single So Long this month, with an accompanying video designed by Brighton group Red Design. Released on the Tru Thoughts label, the video was produced on minimum resources, says Red creative director Ed Templeton. It is the first video that Red has created for Quantic and the design is based […]

Wake for Will Richardson

A wake will be held this Friday 28 January for Will Richardson, who died on 12 December 2004, aged 50. Richardson worked for the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Museum, Jenkins, Tayburn, Sampson Tyrell and Dialog. His commemoration will begin from 5pm at the Warwick Castle pub, Warwick Place, London W5.

Aegis Group absorbs De-construct

Independent media buyer Aegis Group has acquired De-construct in a £4.8m deal payable over three years. It will join the UK branch of Isobar, the group’s global digital network, launched last year. De-construct is the first UK digital design group to be bought by Aegis, which is itself the subject of merger speculation, and it […]

Vox pop

Following the furore over Prince Harry wearing Nazi insignia in public, should there be an EU-wide ban on the swastika symbol, which is already banned in Germany?

Siegel & Gale promotes Noah Marmaduke

Siegel & Gale, the US-based consultancy that is considering re-establishing a UK presence, has promoted its Los Angeles managing director Noah Marmaduke to president and chief operating officer of the group.

Show your true colours

An interior redesign at the Royal Commonwealth Society was a stylish way to communicate the organisation’s new strategy.

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