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Gary Oldman makes his debut as director with the highly praised film Nil By Mouth. Matthew Valentine looks at the evocative book of Jack English’s photographs

NHS launches anniversary logo

The National Health Service is launching an identity to celebrate its 50th anniversary in July. The Team design group created the logo after a paid creative pitch against First Impression and Walker Penfold. On the strength of its victory, the group was added to the Department of Health’s 38-strong roster. “When the DoH approached us […]

CSD medal for Foster

Architect Sir Norman Foster was due to receive the CSD Medal at the Chartered Society of Designers’ annual Minerva dinner on Wednesday evening. The medal is awarded for lifetime achievement in design. See feature, page 14.

Vignelli gives Ducati identity a kick-start

Classic Italian motorbike brand Ducati is relaunching with identity, branding and packaging by Vignelli Associates in New York. For the past ten years Ducati has been renowned as a superior product but did not have any consistent graphics, according to a company spokesman. While the company had a strong name, it never really had a […]

Roche unveils vitamin brand

Tynan D’Arcy in Windsor has created the brand identity and packaging for a range of mineral and vitamin products to be launched across 60 markets by Swiss pharmaceuticals group Roche. The first product to launch is Cal-D-Vita. The consultancy has also produced a graphics standard manual to work across all the product’s markets.

Colleges struggle on despite funding cuts

I was interested by your article Dearing to be Different (DW 30 May). – Yes, full time staff at colleges across the country are angry and fed up as they struggle to maintain standards and students are angry in the face of cuts in their funding, but they a

Vorderman’s a tease

Fans of Countdown, the long-running gameshow, will soon have an irresistible opportunity: the chance to play Rub ‘n’ Reveal with hostess Carol Vorderman. The star has launched her own range of educational games. The pack design and brand identity was developed by Blazon, a consultancy well aware of Vorderman’s reputation as the Joan Bakewell of […]

The secret of design success is integration

Guardian writer Lina Saigol said in the paper’s Saturday careers section that “design may be complicated, but it isn’t rocket science”. Has no one told her the key part design plays in the space race, or indeed in any terrestrial transport project? To be fair, Saigol was really only plugging interior design in her piece, […]

Jaques Russell looks towards big screen

The Moving Picture Company has unveiled its new corporate identity and brochure, created by Jaques Russell. The project marks an increasing focus by the Soho consultancy on film-related work. Jaques Russell won the work for the postproduction company after a three-way paid pitch. Initially, the brief was to create a new brochure aimed at ad […]

Cast iron solution for restaurant hot plates

It was good to read your review of Zujuma’s restaurant (DW 23 May). – Along with the client, we were responsible for the design and sourcing of the cast iron hot plates and not United Designers as implied.

Architect and artefact

When it comes to product design, architects can produce the goods, as Sir Norman Foster’s CSD Medal indicates. Hugh Pearman looks into prefabrication to discover how architects manage to steal the plaudits

Dumas quits Council

The Design Council is to appoint a new director of research following the resignation of Dr Angela Dumas. Dumas is leaving at the end of August to pursue a research and writing career. A two-to three-month recruitment process will take place to fill her post, says a Design Council spokeswoman. Dumas became the organisation’s first […]

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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 […]