News in brief round-up

A round-up of this week’s news in brief

Mike Abbink

Wolff Olins has appointed Mike Abbink, a co-founder of Method and a former design director at Apple and creative director at Saffron, as creative director in its New York office.

The University of Leeds has appointed 22 consultancies to a graphics, digital and broadcast design framework. The groups are: Appetite, Digitronix, Magpie, Peppertree, Room for Design, Smith, Spiral, The Consult Agency, The Lenny Agency, WPA Pinfold, Digitronix, Ink Creations, MadebyPi, Magnetic North, Numiko, Rare Creative, Ripple Effect, Freshwater, Leeds Media, Limehouse, Mezzo and Modus.


Pearlfisher has designed the packaging for four new variants of Kallo corn and rice snacks, following its development of new visual identity and packaging for the brand at the end of last year. The new flavours are salt and vinegar; caramel; sweet chilli and sun-dried tomato.

Sebastian Bergne has designed a new automatic soup machine for Moulinex. The product takes raw materials and automatically transforms them into soup.

Coley Porter Bell has been appointed by travel company TUI Travel to carry out brand development work, aiming to ‘help TUI Travel PLC’s Specialist and Activity Sector’s Marine Division’s brands compete more effectively’, according to the consultancy.

Silk Pearce

Silk Pearce has created a new identity for corporate chartered surveoyr HBW Partnership. The consultancy says ‘HBW’s dynamic and colourful new look has been specifically designed to better reflect its market profile and broad client list.’

Green Room has been appointed to work on visual merchandising campaigns for sports accessory brand Oakley’s. The consutlancy has also created a major window display for the brand’s flagship Covent Garden store.

Chilli UK has created the branding and packaging for Huckleberry’s, a new brand for R&R Ice Cream. The consultancy says the designs were ‘inspired by the American ice-cream parlour era’. The new brand is set to launch exclusively in Waitrose.


Radley Yeldar has designed a new prospectus for University Campus Suffolk  (UCS), which uses augmented reality technology to allow prospective students to view content such as videos and messages by scanning static images with a smart phone or tablet.

Leeds-based digital design consultancy Numiko has been appointed to design a new website for the National Lottery Promotions Unit’s Lottery Good Causes. The new site aims clarify information on how Lottery funding works, where it goes, who has benefited from it and how to apply, with a search function that allows people to search and browse their local area for lottery-funded projects.

Rare Corporate Design has created the branding and website for Professtional Technicians, launched at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a scheme to help employers and individuals deal with the shortage of technical skills in the UK, which launched this week.

Leeds-based consultancy Totality GCS has appointed Stuart Rollason-Taylor to the role of senior creative. He moves from  Harrogate consultancy Kariba.

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