News in brief round-up

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

Arup balls

Design and engineering company Arup’s London office now features a new installation, entitled Balls, which it says reflects how people interact with the building.  The installation was created by Alma-nac and Ruairi Glynn, who won a  competition for emerging London architects, tasked with using interactive architecture to demonstrate the ‘Future of the Built Environment in the 21st Century’. Balls comprises 42 light emitting spheres, with a range of 16,000,000 colour variants suspended in a grid. A governing digital model and set of physical sensors allow data from any possible source to be translated to movement and colour within the atrium.

WPP agency Geometry Global has appointed former Saatchi & Saatchi design director Georgia Barretta as its new UK head of design. The consultancy says, ‘Barretta will be responsible for the development and direction of Geometry Global¹s design department, helping to enhance its creative offering by building inspired visual language into the heart of the work it produces across all disciplines’. She will report directly in to Daniel Hennessy, UK chief creative officer.

Roof Garden

Studio Weave has designed a new rooftop space for London College of Fashion. The space uses a concrete frame, with colourful decking in a herringbone pattern. The space will be used as communal learning and events area.

 Design consultancy and gallery 19 Greek Street has designed the interiors for a new private members’ club, Library. The club, on St Martin’s Lane in London, focuses on using sustainable materials. Features include tabletops, flooring tiles and bathroom tiles made from old waste alcohol bottles from around Soho.

Bethan Gray Yoo collaboration

Furniture and product designer Bethan Gray has collaborated with YOO Home on a new retail interiors collection, which is being sold at a dedicated space in Harrods. She has created the Stud Table, which features studded detailing in brass on the rim of the tabletop and brass tipped legs wrapped in Spinneybeck leather.

The Victoria & Albert Museum has singed a collaboration agreement with China Merchants Group (CMG) plan to develop the first major museum of design in China. The new design museum, which is due to open at the end of 2016, will be located in Shenzhen and aims to promote Chinese design to an international audience, as well as present the best international design in China.

Tavern snacks

Greenwich Design has redesigned the packaging for Tavern Snack’s crisps. The consultancy created new packs for the brand’s nut range last year, and the crisps’ new designs aim to align with the redesigns look of the nuts packs with a ‘more focused, adventurous, modern style’, says the consultancy.

 Adobe has announced 14 new versions of its Creative Cloud software, including Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver. It has also launched three new mobile apps for iPad ­ Adobe Sketch, Adobe Line, and Adobe Photoshop Mix.


Construct has created a new fashion editorial-inspired campaign for Radiance Cleanse – a health regimen based on cold-press juices made from raw fruit and vegetables. The series of photographs will appear on the  website and promotional materials, aiming to ‘highlight the purity of the organic ingredients and natural processes used to create the juices’, says Construct.

Alexander Ibbet has won Best Design Interpretation and Jannis Carius has won Best Use of Glazing at the annual Pilkington Vehicle Design Awards at the Royal College of Art. Two commendations were also awarded in the design interpretation category to Alexander Brink and Nick Dunderdale.


Harrison Agency has rebranded Grove, a holiday cottage agency based in Suffolk. The new branding uses reworked 16th century typeface Fell Type alongside a mark based on a leaf/heart design, aiming to ‘suggest the rural setting of the cottages in the unspoilt Suffolk countryside’, says the consultancy.

Art on the Underground has unveiled a new photographic installation a of US reconnaissance base in North Yorkshire at Gloucester Road Station, created by US photographer Trevor Paglen. The piece is entitled An English Landscape (American Surveillance Base near Harrogate, Yorkshire) and measures 62m in length.

Black Wolf Brewery

Tayburn has rebranded Traditional Scottish Ales as Black Wolf Brewery. The new designs are based around a wolf character, referencing the legend that a wolf saved Stirling, where the brewer is based, from the Vikings.

Norwich University of the Arts student Ellen Rockell and Leeds Metropolitan student, Craig Cox have won Penguin Random House’s Design Awards in the Penguin Adult and Puffin Children¹s categories respectively. The judging panel included Penguin in-house designers Jo Prior, Jim Stoddart and John Hamilton; Rob Ryan and Petra Börner. Each win a work placement in Penguin Random House¹s Adults or Children’s studio and £1,000 cash prize.

SIA What Am I covers

Consultancy Peter & Paul has designed new positioning for Sheffield Institute of Arts at Sheffield Hallam University, creating a book that aims to address the question ‘what am I?’ The book was partly shot and illustrated by students at the university, and aims to place the work of the university in the context of the city. It also features interviews with students and course leaders.

Baxter and Bailey co-founder Matt Baxter has acted as creative advisor to the newly launched digital comic Moose Kid Comics. The 36-page free comic features work from around 40 comic artists, with stories including Young Tank Girl by Alan Martin and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, an all-ages version of the character.


 Nottingham Trent University’s Tom Wood has been announced as the winner of design research agency The Big Picture’s Design in Sight competition. His winning entry in the competition to ‘re-imagine brands for the future’ was the Malibu vaporizer, a device inspired by oxygen bars. He wins a £500 cash prize, a month paid internship at BrandOpus and a month with The Big Picture.

Marstons Pedigree Cricket bottles

Butcher & Gundersen has created a set of cricket-themed limited edition labels for Marston’s Pedigree beer.  The six limited edition labels use silhouettes of cricket players andcricket quotes, with a limited colour pallete that reflects both the Pedigree and England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) brands.

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