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Thisaway and Matter collaborate on the United Rugby Championship’s new trophy

Bath-based design studios Thisaway and Matter have crafted the new trophy for the United Rugby Championship (URC), which aims to resist clichés of the trophy world. URC, previously known at PRO14, was set up in 2001 as an annual rugby union league with teams across Ireland, Scotland, Italy and Wales. It has since grown in size to a total of 16 teams....

Royal Mail’s new stamp collection celebrates the 50th anniversary of UK Pride

London-based studio NB has designed the stamps for Royal Mail’s Pride-themed collection, working with British illustrator Sofie Birkin. The project marks the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first Pride rally. The stamps follow a central theme – A March Through Time – which aims to pay homage to each decade of Pride. Animation studio Animade has also crafted...

“We’re not proud of the controversy”: Wolff Olins on London 2012 ten years later

Just before Wolff Olins launched its brand for the London 2012 Olympics, the studio refreshed its website in anticipation of a “a little bit of traffic”, recalls global CEO Sairah Ashman. The consultancy had perhaps underestimated the amount of attention it was about to receive –⁠ within half an hour, its website crashed. It was just the start of a...

FCB Lisbon and Penguin Books scoop top design prize at Cannes

FCB’S work for Penguin Books which aims to reclaim past symbols of repression claimed the top design award at the 2022 Cannes Lions festival. Returning this year to a physical format, the annual awards programme celebrates work in the creative industries, from brand experience to print and publishing. The Design Lions awards span across five categories:...

Seaweed farm and wearable furniture showcased at Design Researchers in Residence

The Design Researchers in Residence programme has revealed four climate-related projects, from a pollution-absorbing seaweed to wearable furniture. Design Researchers in Residence is an annual programme at London’s Design Museum where designers are invited for a ten-month residency to address a given theme. The name of this year’s programme, as well...

Meet the graduates: Birmingham City University’s James Lunn

James Lunn is a 21-year-old BA Graphic Communication graduate from Birmingham City University. His final project is BBC Bitesize360. Design Week: Can you explain briefly what your final project was about? James Lunn: BBC Bitesize360 is an Oculus Quest 2 application whereby students use VR to explore their learning in an immersive and futuristic way....

Studio Drama gives Glamour Brasil a poetic redesign

London-based design studio Drama has redesigned Glamour Brasil, introducing a poetry-inspired editorial layout and an Art Deco-era typeface. Studio Drama, which was co-founded by William Richardson and Chris Nott, did a deep dive on Glamour’s past and present issues from Brazil as a starting point for the project. They also looked into international...

Norwich City’s rebrand pays homage to the region’s history of weaving

London-based studio SomeOne has rebranded Norwich City FC, drawing on the city’s heritage for inspiration. The studio designed the new crest for the club last year. This additional work will roll out across Norwich FC kits, wayfinding, social media and communications. The rebrand has been inspired by the story of The Strangers, explains the studio’s...

Goolf matchmaking service for golfers given new look by Wildish & Co

Wildish & Co has partnered with Goolf in attempt to improve the golfing app’s character and appeal. The Goolf app is a matchmaking service that aims to buddy up golfers so they can find someone to play with and is aimed at both new and existing players within the community. The new branding intends to make Goolf’s mission clearer – “bridging cross-generational...

Dn&co creates exhibition to explore “defensive design”

Dn&co has conceived and designed the Uncivic Space exhibition, which explores defensive design at London Festival of Architecture. It has also designed the exhibition identity. Defensive design, also referred to as hostile architecture, is a type of urban design that manipulates how a space can be used and sometimes dictates who can use it. There...

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