News in brief round-up

A roundup of this week’s news in brief.


D8 has designed the packaging forBowmore Islay Single Malt Whisky’s new travel retail range The Devil’s Casks. The bottles feature illustrations by D8’s Linda Sweenie and illustrators McConachie and Andy Lovell, alongside foils and embosses that the consultancy says strike ‘the right balance between nature and luxury’.

Design BP has created an augmented reality app, Quad Run, for The Black Country Skills Factory, an education and training initiative that aims to address the shortage of engineers in the Black Country Midlands area. The app makes the user the ‘engineer’ showing them how  to engineer and manufacture a quadcopter virtually.


Pearlfisher has created the branding and packaging for Russian baby food brandSami-s-Usami. The name means ‘we are wise by ourselves’, and the look and feel is ‘inpsired by foreign design cues’, according to Pearlfisher, aiming to ‘reassure mums and communicate baby food in a  modern and navigable way’.

UAE telecoms company Etisalat has launched a new store concept, designed by StartJG. The new concept gives customers improved opportunities to engage with its staff, products and services, according to the consultancy, featuring new interactives and product experiences.

Pipe Dream

The shortlist of entries for this year’s Playable City Award has been announced, which looks for ideas to be installed in Bristol to ‘challenge the screen-based clichés of a smart city’. The Playable City Award was launched last year by Bristol arts venue Watershed, and will award  the winning idea £30,000 to realise its design. The finalists include Beneath our feet, the stars by Ben Gwalchmai; CitySelfie by Design Informatics; Light Memory by Jonathan Chomko; Pipe Dream by George Zisiadis. To full the full shortlist of eight designs visit

D Studio has designed a campaign for charity Bowel Cancer UK aiming to raise awareness of the symptoms of the disease. The animation, which can be viewed here, uses a character called Bodie to show the signs to lookout for. The video also details ‘embarrassing’ things bodies can do, sourced from people on social media.

Camden Create

Ad agency RKCR/Y&R designed the branding and promotional materials for Camden Create – a festival in the north London area organised by the group which ran this week aiming to ‘celebrate creativity and promote Camden as a creative, cultural and commercial hub’, according to the agency. Events, talks and workshops on subjects such as coding, street photography, fashion and food took place to ‘inspire people aiming to work in the creative industries.

Smith & Milton has been appointed to review the brand strategy and create a identity and digital asset management system for specialist property adviser Christie + Co. The consultancy will be working alongside partner agencies in applying and delivering the new identity across the 
Christie + Co estate.

CocaCola installation

Artists 3D Joe and Max have worked with Coca Cola to create a giant, interactive football-inspired 3D street artwork in Canary Wharf as part of the brand’s World Cup marketing activities. The piece marks the launch of Coca‑Cola’s Win A Ball promotion, which aims to inspire people to be active, rewarding them with the prize of a football.

User experience design company HeathWallace is opening a new Singapore office due to growing client demand in Asia. The office will service existing global financial clients in Singapore, including ANZ, Standard Chartered Bank and DBS, and will be led by Paul Davis, associate director of client engagement and strategy, and Kaisen Wang, senior user experience designer. 

Absolut Rio.

Absolut vodka is launching a new limited edition bottle – Absolut Rio – ahead of the world cup this summer, designed by Brazilian designer Oskar Metsavaht. According to the brand, the design references ‘the essence and exceptional nature of the people of Rio de Janeiro, the “cariocas”’.

Create London and art and architecture collective Assemble have been commissioned by Velocity to deliver a new permanent play facility as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.  Baltic Street Adventure Playground is Create London’s first project outside of London and will be the first adventure playground in east Glasgow. The space will feature raw materials including logs, rubber tubing, corrugated steel, bricks and straw, and items such as cupboards, matting and a piano with which children are encouraged to ‘build structures and take ownership of the space’, according to Create London.

Zoobug Blue

Pencil Studio has designed new packaging for children’s eyewear brand Zoobug, designing a series of Zoobug characters to become the faces of the packs. These can be used as point-of-sale materials to show the products to children. 

Technology solutions company Parity Group has bought FX specialists Golden Square. The business will continue to trade as Golden Square in the Parity Digital Solutions division of the public company. The founders of Golden Square Phil Gillies and Alan Young will continue to head up the business, which will report to the chief executive of Parity Digital solutions, Mark Andrews.

101 has designed Wagamama’s summer campaign. The project comprises in-store materials and new work by graphic designer Andrew Gibbs, who created new menus showing images such as ramen bowls, ladles, food and chopsticks in embossed rose gold.

Deborah Taffler and consultancy 4mat have rebranded Aspire Global Network as Aspire, bringing together the network and its specialist brands – pfj, The Graduate Recruitment Company, RPCushing, Periscope and Aspire Global Network Asia – under one name. Aspire specialises in recruiting for the media and marketing communications industry.


Henry Coleman, a student at London’s Royal Academy, has created a sculptural installation to be displayed at the Royal Academy of the Arts grand Victorian façade. Entitled Scrape, the piece is  inspired by the signage from the front of the nearby French Railways House on Piccadilly, the former London headquarters of French state railways SNCF.

City University London has announced the 2014 Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (MICL) Scholarship in partnership with the Design Council. Applicants for the scholarship are invited to submit ideas ‘to create places where healthier lives will flourish’, according to City. The winner of the competition will be awarded a full scholarship for the MICL at City. A limited number of bursaries, worth £3,500 each, may also be available to qualifying runners-up.

Sketch installation

Jeremy Martin has created an art installation for London restaurant Sketch to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show. According to the restaurant, the piece ‘aims to create a dark dimension of Alice in Wonderland meets Tim Burton.’

Consultancy Smack has created a sexual health awareness Facebook app  for Buckinghamshire County Council. The app aims to encourage people aged 16-24 to participate in a quiz which puts its users in various relationship scenarios to find songs that best represent their ‘pulling playlist’, all the while educating them about sexual health.

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