February 2008 Online

Branding performs well for WPP

Landor Associates, The Brand Union, Addison, The Partners and Fitch have been singled out as having performed particularly well in 2007, according to WPP’s preliminary results for the full year.The international media and advertising conglomerate reported preliminary figures this morning, with an increase of 5.5 per cent in profit before tax, and revenues of £6.2bn. […]

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RCA opens London ceramics show

The Royal College of Art will open its fourth Ceramic Art London selling exhibition today.The three-day event brings 80 of the world’s ceramicists to the capital, to display their wares to collectors, gallery owners, investors, other potters and the general public.Exhibitors will include established designers such as Chris Keenen, Jack Doherty and Peter Beard, alongside […]

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The ultimate designer wedding

Eight high profile designers are collaborating on a wedding for a Finnish couple marrying today.The wedding, titled ‘It’s a Beautiful Day: A Winter Wedding’, is taking place in Helskinki in the former office of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.Organised by the Alvar Aalto Academy, the idea was conceived last summer at the academy’s design seminar, which […]

Design Week Top 100 survey

The deadline for entry to Design Week’s Top 100 Consultancy Survey 2008 has been extended to 10 March.Forms can be downloaded from Design Week’s homepage www.designweek.co.uk Please click here to download the PDF file.Completed forms, together with an auditor’s statement verifying figures for the period January to December 2007 should be returned to:Lynda Relph-Knight, Editor, […]

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Art and design show Form opens at Olympia

Today sees the opening of the second Form show at London’s Olympia, which pitches design alongside contemporary art.According to a spokeswoman for Form, design is playing a major role in the show with more than 50 of the 80 stands representing design talent alongside art, photography and sculpture.Galleries exhibiting include Artbrokerdesign, Saatchi Online and Greenwich […]

Brody takes Research Studios into motion graphics

Research Studios is launching a motion-graphics design department this week, to be headed up by founder Neville Brody.The new department will specialise in television branding, broadcast design, channel graphics packages, idents, promos and titles, according to Research Studios.Brody will act as art director on all motion graphics projects, while Alex Mazza has just been appointed […]

Westfield London seeks wayfinding specialist

The Westfield Group, the company behind London’s forthcoming £1.6bn Westfield shopping mall, is compiling a shortlist of wayfinding consultancies, as details emerge of a disagreement between it and incumbent Portland Design. ‘Westfield can confirm that it has identified a shortlist of potential providers for the wayfinding package at our Westfield London scheme,’ says a Westfield […]

Alsop gallery The Public to open in weeks

The long-awaited arts centre for the Midlands, The Public, is to open in July, two years late. Designed by architect Will Alsop with interiors by Hacienda designer Ben Kelly, the 9000m2 building will house a theatre, recording studio, offices, event and conference rooms and an interactive art space called the Public Gallery. Casciani Evans Wood […]

ICA aims to raise £90 000 at gala auction

The Institute of Contemporary Arts will auction six unique commissioned objects by Tom Dixon and other designers at its gala fundraising event tonight. The ICA, partnered with Veuve Clicquot, aims to raise £200 000 for its new commissions fund and has invited designers to create works based on the theme of ‘treasured possessions’, featuring the […]

Future brand trends uncovered

The shift towards softer, more emotional and intuitive brands and products will be just one of the trends that designers need to be aware of next season, says trend research group The Future Laboratory. ‘Womenomics’ – or ‘soft branding’ – is just one of five trends that will be explored at Future Laboratory’s forthcoming bi-annual […]

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