Moves & changes – industry news

A round-up of moves, changes and appointments in the design world.


Steve Vranakis, executive creative director at Google’s Creative Lab, has been announced as this year’s Design and Art Direction (D&AD) president. Harriet Devoy, creative director of design, marketing and communications at Apple Europe has been appointed deputy president. D&AD has also announced the establishment of a global advisory board that includes Sir John Hegarty, Colleen DeCourcy and Jaime Perlman.

Brand consultancy Coley Porter Bell has announced the appointment of Steve Irvine as its new creative director. Irvine will report to James Ramsden, who joined as executive creative director last year.

Brand consultancy Dynamo has appointed Garrett Reil as executive creative director at its Dublin office. Aisling Walsh has also been promoted to the role of creative director.

London-based consultancy Identica has appointed Richard Clayton as creative director. Richard was previously creative director at Coley Porter Bell, and will be working alongside Identica managing director Carol Lavender.

Velda Croot has been named as business development director of Anthem Worldwide’s London office.

Independent brand consultancy Brandon has made three new appointments. Simon Ellis joins as client services director, reporting to managing director Richard Taylor. Meanwhile, Jay Bates and Layla Aspinall have both joined the Cheshire-based consultancy as senior designers.


A new design and innovation consultancy called Unicorn XP has launched in London. The consultancy’s founders are Pat Fahy, previously of Seymourpowell, and Nazir Ulghani, the country manager at Dropbox UK. The consultancy will work across the digital, creative and technology industries.

A new type foundry called London Type has been launched by art director and designer Paul Harpin, type designer Paul Hickson and type consultant Joe Graham. Based in London, the type foundry is launching with 12 new type families designed by Harpin & Hickson.

Brand and event consultancy 2LK has opened its first US office in San Jose, California. The consultancy’s head of client services Phil Doyne-Ditmas will be heading up the US office.

WPP-owned set design consultancy Set Live has opened its first US office. Based in New York, the consultancy will be named Set Live North America.

Furniture brand Carl Hansen & Son has acquired Danish furniture manufacturer Søborg Møbler. The company has taken over the design rights to Søborg Møbler’s collection, which includes designs by Knud Holscher, Flemming Hvidt, Christian Hvidt and Børge Mogensen.

Consultancy Greenspace has moved offices. The London-based consultancy’s new address is Unit 19, The Ivories, 6-18 Northampton Street, London N1 2HY.

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