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.
Financial payments company Square was set up by Twitter founder and ex-CEO Jack Dorsey in 2009, and will now be known as Block.
The move aims to create a new agency model, according to the marketing group, specifically designed to help brands in a “dynamic media environment”.
Two immersive installations at Amy: Beyond the Stage from set designer Chiara Stephenson seek to show a different side of the troubled singer.
As the year draws to a close, here is our pick of festive and not-so-festive design events that are not to be missed in December.