This week Figtree opens its doors and puts its feet straight up on the desk, with a biting parody of ‘brand dictionaries’. Judging from the time and effort that has gone into writing the spoof ‘The A-Z of Branding’, Figtree founders and former Innocence stalwarts John Holten and Simon Myers are in need of light relief. Aping the Wolffian style for alphabetical annuals, we find ‘B’ is for Brandometer, that legendary black box of many a pitch, for solving all brand problems at the touch of a button. ‘M’ is for mood-boards, ‘N’ is for the Nineties and ‘O’ is for off-brand. ‘T’ is for ‘top right’, that place on the big chart where you always need to ‘move your brand to’. This book’s just what you need to get all your ducks in a row.
Cheltenham-based consultancy ArthurSteenHorneAdamson (ASHA) worked with the children’s charity on a new logo, tone of voice and branded products.
It’s hard to write for brands without sounding forced, argues Rob Mitchell, co-founder at copywriting agency We All Need Words — most brands give up altogether and let the design
The exhibition includes banknotes baked in apple pie, dexterity tests for bank staff and a “Cold War calculator”.
The Curious Customs collection – created by London-based design studio NB – depicts traditions from cheese rolling to bog snorkelling.