News in brief round-up

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

Rugged by Chris Bracey

Neon artist Chris Bracey has collaborated with Vauxhall to create a social media campaign for its Mokka vehicle. Based around the strapline ‘Don’t Blend In’, each piece illustrates a phrase chosen by consumers online, relating to a key word put out by Vauxhall.

A number of appointments and promotions have been announced at Speirs + Major, including the promotion of Andrew Howis to managing partner; Clementine Rodgers to associate partner and Philip Rose to design integrator. The staff have been with the practice for eight, nine and 15 years respectively.

Original Source

Bulletproof has created the branding and packaging for new Original Source product Skin Quench All in One Moisturising Shower. The designs aim to ‘hero the impactful nature of the Original Source brand’ says Bulletproof, ‘while bringing the caring and moisturising properties of the new Skin Quench product graphically to life.’

O Street has created the Great Circle app for this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, working with art collective FOUND on the project. Great Circle is an audio-visual souvenir app that aims to encourage users to return to Glasgow, revealing more of a bespoke piece of music by FOUND and accompanying illustrations by artist Tommy Perman as users get closer to the city. The app is free to download here.

S.Pellegrino Ducati

Cartils has designed a limited-edition bottle for S.Pellegrino’s collaboration with Ducati, based on the idea ‘Live in Italian’. The label features multiple Ducati logos, and the Italian flag is used as a ribbon around the six-pack, ‘giving it a feeling as if it were a gift’, says Cartils.

The Crafts Council has appointed five new trustees: ­ Jo Bloxham, Professor Bruce Brown, Matt Durran, Dr Zoe Laughlin and Clare Twomey – who will all join the board next month. There are currently ten Crafts Council trustees.

Oykos heavenly

Dragon Rouge has designed the packaging for Oykos Heavenly – a new sub-brand of the Danone-owned Oykos yogurt range. The consultancy created the original pack design for the Oykos range, and the new packs aim to ‘build on its existing distinctive design cues to achieve stand out and true buy-me appeal’, says Dragon Rouge.

The Design Council has launched a national call for entries for the Design Council’s Ones to Watch – a search for 70 ‘talented designers of the future’ to showcase as part of its 70th anniversary celebrations. Designers from any discipline and background can apply.  Entrants can download the application form at and should submit it by the 1 October 2014 deadline.

Wimbledon poster

Space has designed the Wimbledon Awaits campaign for the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC). The campaign aims to  ‘build visitor anticipation and excitement earlier in their journey to The Championships’, says Space, with posters visible as people exit the trains and tubes at Wimbledon and Southfields stations.


Fitch has redesigned the Ladbrokes store on The Strand in London, creating a new look that trials interactives, with a view to rolling them out to other stores. Features including moving content in the window displays, such as Twitter feeds, live updates and broadcasts. Reactive lighting and audio are also used, and Fitch is trialing use of smell in the space, with the ‘aroma of turf sprayed in the shop to reinforce the immersive sports atmosphere’, says the consultancy.

Smith & Milton has appointed Ben Hostler as digital creative director. Hostler joins Smith & Milton from Beef Digital, and will work across the Smith & Milton group: Smith & Milton London, Smith & Milton Bristol and Black & White Thinking across all clients.

The Nest

Studio Sparrowhill has designed The Nest – a central feature for a private, corporate garden setting. The consultancy says, ‘Our observations of the location concluded that there was an interesting movement and intensity of light within the space, which could be utilised in a playful way. We wanted users and visitors of the area to have an emotional response to the proposed centrepiece.’

Photographer Sam Robinson has worked with design consultancy Studio Worldwide and paper-people GF Smith to create The Workbook, showcasing his recent work in the form of a notebook with grid formations throughout the pages by Studio Worldwide.

The winners of Part 1 of New Designers 2014, which covers textiles; fashion & accessories; contemporary applied arts (including ceramics and glass); jewellery and precious metalwork have been named. Charlotte Beevor of Leeds College of Art won the New Designer of the Year Award for her Expressionist Colour piece, with Ellie Corp of The Cass named runner  up. The full list of winners can be seen here.

Perfidia by James Ellroy

Glenn O’Neill, deputy art director at Cornerstone, Penguin Random House, has created the cover for Perfidia, by crime writer James Ellroy. The jacket was screen-printed at Print Club London.

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