News in brief round-up

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

Lyons biscuit range

LFH has rebranded the Lyons range of biscuits, based around the strapline ‘Come in, I’ll put the kettle on.’ This aims to reference the ‘informal, homely nature of the brand and the notion that the world can be put to right, over a cup of tea and a biscuit.’ Red has replaced the incumbent gold palette, and a teapot and mugs icon was introduced to  reinforce the heritage of the Lyons brand.

Together Divine Thins range

Together Design has created new packaging for Divine’s Dark Chocolate Thins, marking the introduction of the new ginger variant. The consultancy was briefed to develop packaging suitable for the gifting market, while retaining consistency with the look and feel of the rest of the Divine Fairtrade chocolate company range.

LFH creative director Chrissy Levett has launched the Creative Conscience Awards, a scheme open to design students, who must ‘to use their creativity as a catalyst for positive change to benefit ethical, moral and worthwhile causes.’ The Design Council-endorsed awards will be judged by a panel including Wayne Hemingway, Jasper Conran and Dinah Casson. Entrants must submit a brief alongside creative work, which must focus on one ‘ethical, moral and worthwhile cause’, demonstrating how it will promote positive change for that cause. Visit for more information.

Absolut unique

Absolut Vodka has launched Absolut Unique – a limited edition of nearly four million uniquely designed and numbered vodka bottle designs. All bottle artwork was created in-house with a new method of production using splash guns that decorated the bottles according to pattern and placement algorithms to ensure that no two bottles would be alike.

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has won the Royal Gold Medal architecture prize, which is awarded in recognition of having ‘a significant influence either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture.’ Zumthor’s projects include London’s 2011 Serpentine Pavilion, Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria and the Kolumba Art Museum in Cologne. He is currently designing a house in Devon for philosopher Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture architect-designed holiday home scheme.

Choose Nutrition identity

Vivid Brighton has created the branding and website for the new Choose Nutrition company, which uses a tree marque with different fruits and vegetables in place of leaves.

Glenrothes whisky

Brandhouse has created the packaging for a limited run of single cask bottlings of The Glenrothes whisky. The consultancy designed the bottle, secondary packaging and name of the collection – The Extraordinary Cask Collection, which is priced from £3000 per bottle. According to Brandhouse, the designs aim to ‘convey the super premium and exclusive nature of the product.’ It uses faceted lead crystal glass inspired by cut-glass whisky tumblers and perfume bottles, with a thick glass base to ‘elevate and frame’ the whisky.

Athena SWAN

Webb&Webb Design has rebranded the Athena SWAN Charter and award scheme. Athena SWAN works to advance and promote the careers of women in science higher education and research. The Champions of Science awards scheme rebrand uses abstract illustrations of discoveries made by female scientists from the 1800s to the present day.

Andaz Amsterdam hotel

Interior and product designer Marcel Wanders has designed the new Andaz Hotel in Amsterdam. All elements are inspired by the city itself, with the hotel housed in the former Public Library of Amsterdam. According to Andaz, it has the ‘atmosphere of a tiny Dutch house’; and features include a carpet decorated with a map of the world; an observatory; Moooi antique-style tables in the bar area and a collection of video art displayed in the library area.

Love Art Fair logo

Banbury-based Toast Design has created the branding for the inaugural Milton Keynes Love Art Fair. The branding features the strapline ‘See It – Love It – Buy It’, based around the idea that ‘art touches us on a whole range of levels’, according to Love Art Fair. The designs will be shown across collateral including flyers, invitations, banners and T shirts.

Threadneedle Prize catalogue

Lydia Thornley Design has produced the catalogue, invitations and printed publicity for this year’s Threadneedle Prize for Painting & Sculpture exhibition at Mall Galleries, London. The catalogue displays more than 140 works.

Consultancy Umbrella is designing the retail concessions for Australian jeweler Fairfax & Roberts, for the Myer’s Department Stores in Sydney and Melbourne. The concept uses a circular arrangement to easily showcase all angles of the jewelry, and an off-white and pale grey colour palette aims to create a ‘light and inviting environment’.

Reading Room has appointed Adam Sefton as chief strategic officer. His remit will be to assist the international team with the global strategic development of Reading Room.

Royale liqueur chocolates

Black_Inc has created the branding and packaging for new confectionary brand Royale chocolates and jellies. Royale is launching with three types of liqueur chocolates, with a range of Fruit Jellies to follow.

Edwin's logo

E-Link, a Hong-Kong based ad agency owned by Edwin Chan, is designing the branding Edwin’s French Wine Bar and Restaurant, set to open in London’s Shoreditch next month. Chan, who owns the consultancy, is designing the interiors.

Fostering Innovation 2013

To The Point has been appointed to create a new look and feel for the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council’s Fostering Innovation 2013 awards. The branding will be shown in the venue dressing, a range of promotional materials, a slideshow, invitations and a booklet to be handed out at the event for all at

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