Zero 2 Design and Firoco get together

Zero 2 Design is to formalise its working agreement with strategic marketing agency Firoco, as a prelude to a possible merger or takeover between the companies. The five-strong marketing agency is to move into the offices of the ten-strong design group this week, after six months of working together on specific projects, to allow a […]


Wiggins Teape has launched a specialist creative papers division called The Creative Link, with an identity by Sedley Place. Lars Nittve, director of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, becomes director of the new Tate Gallery of Modern Art in London on 1 September. The new Tate opens in May 2000. Top Of The Pops […]

An intractable solution

Thinking of aiming your new-business push at Russia, rather than Asia? Be clear about payment before signing a deal. – One hapless product designer was flattered to be asked in by a Russia camera company to discuss design.

Yellow Pages poised for Johnson Banks redesign

The venerable Yellow Pages directory is to undergo its first redesign in 15 years. Johnson Banks is working on the project after winning a paid credentials and ideas pitch against rivals including Pentagram and Coley Porter Bell. Johnson Banks is now working on typeface and cover designs, “and everything in between”, in preparation for a […]

Eurovision titles on song

The Eurovision Song Contest may be the epitome of naff but that doesn’t mean it can’t have decent on-screen graphics. Having won the competition for the first time in aeons, the UK is going all out on presentation, courtesy of BBC Resources. Ian Wormleighton and Tom Brooks are the BBC graphic designers behind the title […]

Lillywhites warms up for revamp

London sports emporium Lillywhites is planning a total refurbishment which is likely to kick off at the end of this year. The 3160m2 Piccadilly store was last refurbished six years ago, after a three-year, 10m redesign by Davies Baron, which also updated the identity (DW 25 September 1992). RPA, which has worked with Lillywhites’ Portuguese […]

QED creates Thomson Gold marque

Market leading holiday group Thomson has launched a new sub-brand aimed at the “empty nester” market, using an identity and literature developed by Quite Extraordinary Design. Thomson Gold is aimed at holiday-makers aged over 40 with grown-up children, who wish to “rekindle their travelling”, says a Thomson spokeswoman. The first travellers with Thomson Gold will […]

Black is beautiful

Some of the most memorable advertisements have been for Guinness. Tom Bawden works up a thirst over a new book on the brewery’s advertising history

A rose-tinted spectacle

A critic’s choice can be as telling as the subject matter. Hugh Pearman explains how this natural selection is the only way to give the reader something worth reading.

Oxfam to appoint group to overhaul entire brand

Oxfam is about to appoint a design consultancy to spearhead an overhaul of its entire brand, after a seven-way creative pitch between unnamed groups. Oxfam says some of the shortlisted consultancies have worked with the charity before and others have not. It declines to comment on whether the pitch was paid. A Lambie-Nairn spokeswoman confirms […]


CDT Design director Mike Dempsey just pops up everywhere. In fact, shoppers at music chain Our Price may even find they’ve taken him home with them. Dempsey (left hand column, third from the top), surrounded by other sexy young things, features as a model on the retailer’s receipt pouches.


The Royal Society of Arts will showcase the best of the UK’s young designers at the annual RSA Student Design Awards Exhibition. Awards range from placements with sponsoring companies to travel grants and cover all design disciplines including graphics, animation and product design. From 11-29 May. Venue: RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2. An […]

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