5 January 2006

Ranch rebrands London lighting equipment company

Ranch has rebranded London lighting equipment company Direct Lighting as Direct, creating a typographic logo which highlights the range of cameras and consumables also available from the company. Direct is owned by Metro Imaging.

It’s time for creatives to get to grips with the dictionary

Adrian Shaughnessy rightly points out an important issue (DW 1 December). Does anyone ever buy anything they see advertised? Someone must, or is it simply a case of filling blank spaces in magazines and hoardings? And then there’s the little oddity that is Adam Ellis’ creative excitement over ice cream vans (Inspired, DW 1 December), […]


INTERNATIONAL FAIRS:Internationale Möbel Messe is Cologne’s international furniture fair, from 16 to 21 January. Details: www.imm-cologne.com.Salone Internazionale del Mobile is the Milan international furniture fair, from 5 to 10 April. Details: www.cosmit.it.Maison & Objet interior and furniture show runs in Paris from 26 to 30 January. Details: www.maison-objet.com.London Architecture Biennale events run from 17 to […]

The Cox Review revisited

Sir George Cox’s recommendations, and their feasibility in practice, are considered by influential figures from the design world Wally Olins Chairman of Saffron Brand Consultants Sir George Cox is trying to influence our mainstream business culture, so that design and innovation become central to our thinking. This is not impossible, but it is pretty improbable. […]

Redesigned idents for BBC London News

Red Bee Media has redesigned the idents for BBC London News, intending to give the programme a fresh look. The idents will feature a different image every day – some of which will have been sent in by viewers – to reflect the headlines. The intention is to create a strong identity, using a red […]

Wolff Olins fires US chief executive

Wolff Olins has fired its US chief executive Eric Scott, after a shake up of its US offices.Internal sources at Wolff Olins say that New York-based Scott, who was also a member of Wolff Olins worldwide board and an equity owner, wouldn’t make the redundancies deemed to be required for the US business. But consultancy […]

Observer gets Berliner treatment

The Observer will become the first full-colour Sunday newspaper this weekend, relaunching in the Berliner format under a redesign by Garcia Media founder Mario Garcia.Working alongside Observer art director Carolyn Roberts, Garcia has created a look distinct from The Observer’s sister paper, The Guardian, says a Guardian Newspapers spokeswoman.

RDC Foley Cooke softens Fiorelli brand to broaden appeal

Fiorelli, the luxury fashion accessories business owned by Lunan Group, is set to relaunch its branding with RDC Foley Cooke, as it seeks to update and broaden the brand’s appeal. RDC Foley Cooke is undertaking a number of projects for the brand that will provide the most significant shake-up of Fiorelli since it was first […]

Thresher to rebrand 200 Unwins stores

The 200 stores acquired by Thresher Group from collapsed off-licence chain Unwins last month will be rebranded with Thresher Group brand names – Threshers, The Local or Wine Rack. A spokesman says it has not yet been decided which brands will be adopted.Wine Rack relaunched last summer under a design by Lumsden Design Partnership (DW […]

Ive honoured by New Year award

Jonathan Ive has been awarded a CBE for services to the design industry in this year’s New Year Honours list. Vivienne Westwood was awarded a DBE, while sculptor Rachel Whiteread was given a CBE. Alan Livingstone, principal of University College Falmouth, was awarded a CBE for services to education, and Wagamama founder Alan Yau an […]

Sir Martin Sorrell warns 2006 will be testing year

WPP chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell has warned that 2006 will be a testing year for the marketing services sector, though there are ‘no signs of baths or showers yet’, but that the US market could be at risk of a shower, according to The Times.


My zeal has faded a bit, but I still believe the choice of typeface can make a big difference. The importance of this is underestimated by many designers. One SAS piece in which typography plays a major role is MFI’s Annual Report 2004, which uses just type and no imagery. It’s set in Albertina, a […]

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