Connex is the name selected by French transport conglomerate CGEA for its rail holding company. CGI came up with the name and identity for the rail operator and for its franchise Connex South Central, the old Network South Central. The new yellow and blue look for both trains and upgraded stations reflects ‘our more streamlined and efficient approach’, says Connex South Central managing director Geoff Harrison-Mee. CGI, which revamped the trains’ interiors, is now working on sub-branding and a strategy for the services. CGEA aspires to become a major player in the UK’s rail industry and has interests in France, Portugal and Germany.
This year’s exhibition features a wheelchair that can climb stairs, a language-translating earpiece and a brand identity for Wales.
A new fundraising book features contributions from Manchester creatives including Peter Saville and Malcolm Garrett, which have been inspired by Tony Walsh’s poem This is the Place.
As Design Manchester celebrates its fifth birthday, we pick out our top exhibitions to catch at the festival, including a tribute to the book covers of Mancunian literary legend Anthony
Atlas has created the branding for the new fashion label, which will also be contributed to by other industrial and product designers.