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A potato-based bottle that you can eat, compost or dissolve

Swedish design studio Tomorrow Machine has collaborated with juice company Eckes Granini to develop a bio-based bottle called GoneShells, which is made from potato and can be eaten, home-composted or dissolved under water when finished with. While Tomorrow Machine has experience working with research institutes and designing new materials for the packaging...

Burberry reverts to its roots under new creative officer Daniel Lee

Burberry has revealed its new archive-inspired logo and serif wordmark, debuting the heritage brand’s new ode to Britishness in a campaign led by new chief creative officer Daniel Lee. The Bradford-born designer was announced as chief creative officer in December 2022, after a much-hyped tenure at Bottega Veneta which brought the luxury brand to new...

PM drops “Digital” and makes MP Lucy Frazer secretary of Culture, Media and Sport

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has made Southeast Cambridgeshire MP Lucy Frazer secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport in a departmental reshuffle, which also sees “Digital” dropped from the portfolio. After a five-month stint in the role, former culture secretary Michelle Donelan will now head up the newly formed Department for Science, Innovation...

“I’m conscious of screwing up the views”: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon on new work

It’s “a little word”, says supergraphics pioneer Barbara ‘Bobbie’ Stauffacher Solomon of her latest typographic commission, which sees the word ‘WELCOME’ writ large – 29 metres wide by 4 metres tall – at the entrance to the mountain resort of St. Moritz. “It could just be ‘Welcome. I welcome you to supper’ – a little word you don’t usually see so big”,...

Moves and changes: design industry news

The Royal College of Art’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Paul Thompson will be stepping down in the summer of 2024, after 15 years in the role. During his tenure, Thompson worked alongside three chancellors: Sir Terence Conran, Sir James Dyson, and Sir Jony Ive. The RCA Council are currently on an international search for a new Vice-Chancellor to take over from...

Can online courses provide more diverse channels into design?

Ravensbourne University London has launched a free education platform for young creatives from underrepresented backgrounds, in a move to “fix the pipeline into the design industry”. The new platform, Kickstart!, seeks to plug skills gaps in the creative industries and help young people to launch their careers outside of mainstream education channels....

Junior designers are being overlooked, so what can be done about it?

Recruitment data has revealed that design consultancies were hesitant to hire junior talent in 2022, instead opting for more experienced workers who are seen to require less guidance and training. With this in mind we asked designers how they feel about it, why else it might be happening and how design studios can benefit from having more junior designers...

Eurovision reveals 2023 identity and stage design

The BBC broadcast identity and stage design for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 has been revealed, inspired by the natural synchronisation of human heartbeats to music and its ability to build bridges between nations. Superunion and Ukrainian studio Starlight Creative are responsible for the visual identity, while New York-based specialist production...

Kiki Cocktails’ identity eschews “stuffy cocktail hour” connotations

Oat has rebranded Kiki Cocktails with a new identity, which borrows from the visual language of magazine front pages and mastheads. Each cocktail now features an illustrated character, which overlaps a new logotype, coming together in a way which is reminiscent of a magazine cover and masthead. Kiki wanted to represent inclusivity and shared moments...

Sir Jony Ive designs plant-based Red Nose for Comic Relief

Apple’s former chief design officer Sir Jony Ive has redesigned Comic Relief’s famous Red Nose, seeking to make it more sustainable than its predecessor. The new Red Nose is made entirely from plant-based materials and is designed to fit a variety of nose shapes. It starts out as a small, flat crescent, folding out into a honeycomb paper sphere. The...

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