Clouds are gathering fast on the economic horizon, but this year’s Top 100 chart reflects a sunny era before the credit crunch began to bite. Lynda Relph-Knight pinpoints the strongest sectors and the latest trends, as the industry battens down the hatche
A round-up of moves, changes and appointments in the design world.
Equator managing director Gary Flynn draws on his specialism in integrated packaging and discusses the challenges of creating packaging that works as well online as it does in store.
Ben Tallon, freelance illustrator, designer and Design Week columnist, speaks about how knife crime could be reduced if only more funding was given to youth services fostering creativity and sporting talent.
Studio director Lucy Painter, who specialises in recruitment within the design sector, speaks to Haptic Architects about how to integrate Scandinavian working practises into a creative business in the UK.
Digital design studio Human After All has created a new website for independent publisher Canongate, which moves away from a traditional, book-ish look and adopts a colourful, contemporary and multimedia style. The homepage showcases key authors’ quotes against colourful backgrounds, alongside extracts, photography, audio and video. The About Us page has also been revamped to […]
When we think of dartboards, connotations of music-less, ale-filled, old-fashioned pubs and splintered, ancient wooden boards arise. But now, designers including Base Design and Karim Rashid have reimagined the dartboard as part of charity project Dart x Design, organised by consultancy Frog. Interpretations include a colourful, 3D-printed board from Alex Trochut, a mathematical, geometric board […]
The design of the London Underground map has inspired many, with its distinctive roundel and colour-coded lines. Product designer and entrepreneur Cillian McMinn has been so inspired, in fact, that he has applied the style not to a map of various cities or countries – but to our entire galaxy. Metro Galactic is a map […]
Dn&co has designed the livery for the new shuttle buses being used across Here East, a digital and creative campus in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East London. The livery features the Here East visual identity, and all of the shuttle buses are covered in a series of dot patterns inspired by the Here East […]
East Sussex-based consultancy Box 9 Design has designed the interiors for Rail House Café, a new restaurant in London’s Victoria. The interiors have been designed by Box 9 Design founder Lou Davies in collaboration with the restaurant’s founder Adam White. Inspired by the design of a metropolitan train station, the restaurant features multiple hubs which […]
London-based graphic design studio Interabang has designed the visual identity and packaging for a new tea company called Grek. The monochrome packaging design is based on the founder’s childhood trips to the Greek island of Pyrgi, where geometric, black and white tiles are commonly found. Each tea flavour comes with a booklet featuring a unique […]
Organic chocolate Ombar has been given new branding and packaging by Ocean Branding, which aims to make it appear more “natural” for consumers. The new look features a brushscript typeface, a primary colour palette of white, gold and brown alongside a colourful secondary palette to suit different flavours. Brown wrapping paper-style packaging is used. Ombar […]
A new art project has taken to the streets of Madrid, transforming advertising posters into flowerbeds. Plants of Posters is a new, non-profit venture set up by design copywriters Federico Moreno and Juan Frias. The pair have designed makeshift, cardboard cut-out plant pots that can be attached to ads across the city to counter how […]