Tayburn appoints managing director

Tayburn has appointed former brand strategy director of The Chase Simon Farrell as managing director. His remit will include new business growth and client strategy development. Erick Davidson will remain as chairman and chief executive of Tayburn until the end of 2005, when he will take up the position of executive chairman in accordance with […]

Design groups merge

Independent design group Name has merged with the Leeds-based Intermarketing and Communications Group, following its recent management buy out.

Beverage Partners Worldwide…

Beverage Partners Worldwide, a joint venture between Coca-Cola and Nestlé, is launching its iced tea brand Nestea in the UK, with branding, bottle structure and graphics by Enterprise IG.

Bright future for interaction design at RCA under Dunne

It was something of relief to those involved when Tony Dunne was named as head of interaction design at the Royal College of Art. He is deemed a good choice for a course that could change the focus of the RCA as the potential of interactive design becomes more widely acknowledged by designers and clients. […]

Baby Dior keeps it in the family at London store

Christian Dior is opening its first international Baby Dior boutique, with a brand identity and interiors designed by Dior’s in-house team. The flagship shop launches this week in London’s Knightsbridge. There are no immediate plans to open more stores in the UK, but a Baby Dior boutique is scheduled to open in Rome, says a […]

Reichman joins Aston Martin

Aston Martin has appointed Marek Reichman (pictured) as its design director following the resignation of Henrik Fisker. British-born Reichman studied at the Royal College of Art and worked at Rover before stints with BMW and Ford in the US and UK, where he was responsible for the new Range Rover. Fisker resigned from Aston Martin […]

Virgin Mobile brings out Dali-inspired, own-brand Lobster

Virgin Mobile is launching Lobster this week, its first own-brand series of phones, with an identity and packaging created by its in-house team. While many network operators co-brand handsets with the major manufacturers, few have replaced handset brands in this way, and Virgin’s move is likely to shake up an increasingly competitive market. The Lobster […]

Investment in design at British Waterways

British Waterways is embarking on a raft of design-led initiatives supporting a £5m investment in the waterway network this year. It is also planning to slash its design roster in a bid to make the process of procuring design ‘more targeted and controlled’, says Russ Camplin, design manager at British Waterways. The organisation currently works […]

Just one week left to enter Benchmarks

One week remains before the deadline for The Benchmarks, Design Week’s awards scheme that honours great branding. Judges include Richard Seymour in his guise as external design director to Unilever, Clive Grinyer of Orange, Fanny Sigler of COI Communications and Michael Wolff. The closing date is 15 June. For entry details e-mail benchmarks@centaur.co.uk or call […]

NEF condemns rise of UK clone towns

A damning report into the state of Britain’s high streets identifies 42 per cent of UK towns as ‘clone towns’, adding fuel to the fire over so-called ‘identikit’ retail branding. A further 26 per cent of city centres were identified as being close to becoming clone towns, according to the report by independent think tank […]

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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 […]