More than words

To stave off competition from digital media, publishers are using ever more eye-catching packaging to persuade image-conscious consumers to buy their books. Yolanda Zappaterra flicks through some latest examples of this trend Why do we still buy books? When it’s easier, cheaper and quicker to access any information we could possibly want on-line, what’s the […]

BT unveils raft of consumer entertainment products

BT has unveiled its latest drive into the consumer entertainment and communications market, revealing the work of a host of designers for its new portfolio of broadband products. The products come in response to growing competition within the broadband and landline market from mobile retailers such as Carphone Warehouse and Orange. They represent an aggressive […]

Designs by This Way Up create unified look for RCS

The Royal Commonwealth Society is rebranding with new designs by This Way Up.The design group has streamlined the RCS’s branding by creating two main identities for the society, which will brand the organisation itself and its recently refurbished flagship members club, redesigned by Morey Smith (DW 3 February 2005).Previously, the RCS has used up to […]

Priestman Goode gets water conscious

Priestman Goode has created a product called Water Watch that aims to raise awareness about domestic water use. Approximately the size of a £2 coin, Water Watch fixes to any tap and measures the amount of water being used. ‘We think it’s important to have a debate about the issue of water usage. It is […]

GLA creates a unit for design and architecture

A new architecture and urban design unit is being set up by the Greater London Authority to boost urban design, architecture and sustainable development across the capital. Called Design for London, the unit will have a strong architectural push and broad design remit. It will review major development schemes and lead the urban design input […]

New world order

It is when you see pictures of Formula One’s glorious past that you realise what has been lost. There is more than a rush of nostalgia seeing images of legends such as Juan Manuel Fangio in an Alfa Romeo or Jim Clark in a Lotus. You are also reminded (if you are old enough) of […]

Virgin Mobile gears up for launch of own store chain

Virgin Mobile is poised to launch its first chain of stand-alone retail outlets, with a branding and interior concept designed by Start Creative and Judge Gill Associates. The move to launch a dedicated arm of retail stores will follow the long-anticipated merger of NTL with Virgin Mobile, which is expected to be completed by 4 […]

Way to go

Man has always used landmarks to help him find his way around. While wayfinding systems have become increasingly sophisticated, often the most effective signage is also the most simple, says Jim Davies. Unfortunately, we humans aren’t blessed with the innate sense of direction of some of our animal cousins. Migratory birds manage to flap thousands […]

Nokia flagship for London as part of worldwide drive

Nokia is planning to launch its flagship ’boutique’ retail format in London’s Regent Street next year, following the first in a series of worldwide openings in the US last week. The world’s largest mobile handset manufacturer is working with design consultancies Tomato, Hi-Res and Universal Everything on interactive content for the stores, while interiors are […]

Hart D’Lacey rethinks the retail park for £1.4bn scheme

A £1.4bn scheme to reinvent the retail park is being rolled out by developer The Junction Partnership under a concept masterminded by retail design consultancy Hart D’Lacey. The first of six Junction parks this year will open at a 17 000m2 site in Wembley, north London, in September. It was developed in collaboration with Brighton […]

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Jaywing creates branding for cultural initiative Hull 2017

Consultancy Jaywing has created the place branding for Hull 2017, the initiative marking the northern city’s status as UK City of Culture. The logo is an “H” shape constructed out of a series of geometric lines, used against a colourful palette of purple, green, yellow, blue and pink. Gavin Shore, creative director at Jaywing, says […]