29 April 2004

Apple upgrades are like design – difficult to justify

So, how do we convince all those small and medium-sized enterprises on the high streets, backstreets and industrial estates that design really does make a difference? These companies are either not using designers because they don’t know how to find one they can trust and no-one else can recommend one, or they simply don’t want […]

Formica launches clothing range

Formica, until now better known for its decorative laminates, has launched a clothing range to support its 2004 collection. Fabrics and fashion designer Lyn Randall created the six outfits, which the company claims capture the ‘essence’ of styling new surfacing products such as Rattan Bamboo and Copper Treadworks in its Veneers and Metallics ranges. The […]

Tom Dixon’s interiors opens at Inn The Park

Tom Dixon’s first interiors project opens this week at Inn The Park in London, created by Hopkins Architects (DW 29 January). Oliver Peyton’s new restaurant is furnished with materials such as terrazzo and carrara marble to create an environment that will age gracefully and last as long as possible. Farrow Design’s identity and signage consists […]

Brahm creates new look for Jacksons chain

Convenience retailer Jacksons has appointed Brahm to renew its brand positioning. The UK’s largest chain of independent convenience stores is rolling out a new corporate image in anticipation of increased competition in the sector from supermarket chains. Brahm will be reviewing all imagery for the brand, including the company’s identity and livery, as well as […]

Spanair clears Wink for rebrand

Winkreative has been appointed to work with Spain’s number two airline Spanair. The group will initially rebrand Spanair’s Scandinavian routes, including its website and in-flight goods. Spanair is owned by Scandinavian airline giant SAS and it is the number one airline for routes between Scandinavia and Spain. Winkreative’s rebranding for the airline will begin with […]

Creative industries to grow slowly

Global advertising spend is forecast to grow by more than 3 per cent to $259bn (£145bn) this year, but leaders in creative industries continue to advise caution over the implications for the design sector. According to a report by media agency ZenithOptimedia, the recovery will be dominated by the US, where ad spend is expected […]

Opening night for new Old Vic identity

The Old Vic, one of London’s oldest theatres, is relaunching with a brand identity created by fledgling graphics and branding consultancy R&D&Co. The work, which rolled out last week, coincides with the theatre’s reinvention as a production house under new artistic director Kevin Spacey, as well the unveiling of its inaugural autumn programme. ‘For the […]

Blue Design for airline identity

London consultancy Blue Design is to create the brand identity for an as-yet unnamed European freight airline being set up by a newly launched air consortium, in September. The consultancy beat two other groups to the project, which carries a £500 000 design and print budget, following an unpaid creative pitch in February. The work […]


New British Painting includes the work of ten painters currently working in Britain, whose works were shown in a two-part series of exhibitions at the John Hansard Gallery. Published by Cornerhouse Publications this month, the book is priced £8.95.

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