31 August 2006

Festival classics revisited

With London slowly gearing up for 2012, the somewhat forlorn hope is that the Olympics can again spawn aesthetic innovation – or at least coherence – comparable to the Festival of Britain in 1951. Its centrepiece, the Royal Festival Hall, is in the throes of an awkward revamp by Allies and Morrison, which adds layers […]

Asda to revamp own-label packaging in a bid to go Green

Asda has brought in Williams Murray Hamm as part of the supermarket’s review of its own-label packaging, which is thought to include its organic range. Roster groups, including The Core, Elmwood and FLB, are also working on projects, as the supermarket updates packaging across its entire 20 000-strong range of own-brand products. The move is […]

Profile: Laura McCafferty

Laura McCafferty won’t compromise her labour-intensive craft, but she has the kind of promotional savvy that is unusual in someone who graduated two years ago. It’s a potent mix, says Hannah Booth One of the more obvious results of the craft revolution of the past few years is the blurring of distinctions between art, craft, […]

Designers collaborate to create branding for sex toys

Livity, in collaboration with designers Joe Burrin and Tom Crabtree, has created the logo, packaging and website, www.shy-uk.com, for a range of sex toys called Shy, which launch on-line this week. Each product features Swarovski crystals on the base and is decorated with cabochon stones.

UNEP throws its weight behind Green Awards

The United Nations is to endorse an awards scheme that will recognise the creative use of marketing and design to promote sustainability and environmental issues. Under the United Nations Environment Programme, the organisation has become an institutional partner in the Green Awards, a scheme that will assess creative work across a range of categories including […]

Aegon set to rebrand its UK portfolio

Global insurance group Aegon is rebranding its UK portfolio, following a year-long strategic review by Enterprise IG. Scottish Equitable, the company’s primary UK brand, will see its logo replaced with an Aegon Scottish Equitable marque.

Another dimension

The V&A’s exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches will be accompanied by animation that uses 21st century technology to give a deeper insight into the artist’s work, says Yolanda Zappaterra


It’s important not to confuse inspiration with admiration. In truth, I find much to admire – beauty, efficiency, sheer audacity – but a good deal less to be inspired by. Yet still I find inspiration everywhere, both in the past and the everyday, from Michelangelo to William Morris (pictured), Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Steve Jobs. […]


According to press reports, Apple Computer is concerned about other companies using the word ‘pod’ in their branding and the computer company is taking steps to claim the legal rights to the suffix. Do you think generic terms like pod should be brandable?

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