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First look: designing the IWM’s exhibition on the lives of refugees

Nissen Richards Studio has developed the interpretation design at the Imperial War Museum London’s (IWM London) latest exhibition, which examines the life of refugees. Refugees: Forced to Flee is an exploration of the refugee experience over the last 100 years. Beginning with World War I, and ending in the present day, it aims to take visitors through...

Free the Birds has designed an “authoritative” identity for a COVID cleaner

Free the Birds has created the identity and packaging for new disinfectant product Cert., which has been launched in response to the pandemic. Cert. is the first direct-to-consumer product from Hydrachem, a British cleaning company which provides disinfectant products to hospitals. The product comprises a reusable spray bottle and dissolvable tablets....

What designers need to know about the government’s Winter Economy Plan

Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the next steps of the UK’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic in a statement to the commons today. Labelled the Winter Economy Plan, support announced by Sunak includes a new Job Support Scheme to succeed the furlough scheme when it ends in October and an extension of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme...

Hackney Church repositions as community focused “cathedral of creativity”

London-based design studio Omse has rebranded Hackney Church to tie in with the venue’s renovation work and expanded community focus. The identity is the result of three years of work in collaboration with the East London church and its community, as well as local photographers and illustrators. A “cathedral of creativity” For the past few years,...

Space10 unveils “ever-evolving, democratic” visual identity and microsite

Innovation lab Space10 has launched a new visual identity that aims to “encourage experimentation and creativity” by being as “neutral as possible”. The branding has been worked on by several studios and is a typographic design based around Helvetica, one of the most used typefaces in the world, and features a monochrome colour palette. Helvetica is...

Good Measures launches to improve COVID signage systems

A new initiative has been launched which provides design-led solutions for socially-distanced spaces through a range of vinyl wayfinding stickers. Good Measures is the collaboration between interiors studio InterestingProjects and vinyl specialists Puck Studio, both based in London. InterestingProjects co-founders Joana Filipe and James Mason were...

RSA brand refresh focuses on a “commitment to impact”

London-based design consultancy Studio Texture has refreshed the branding for the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Established in a Covent Garden coffee shop in 1754, the RSA has been dedicated to “enriching social progress” through the study and innovation of arts, manufacturing and commerce since its inception. Today, the...

A Design Week report: State of Prototyping 2020

We surveyed 345 senior design professionals from around the world working at in-house teams, within start-ups and at large global businesses as well leading design consultancies. While this has helped us understand the rapid rise in popularity and accessibility of prototyping we also wanted to know how top designers are using prototyping in their work,...

Winners of Penguin Student Design Award 2020 revealed

Penguin Random House UK has revealed the winners of its 2020 Design Award, with students from Glasgow School of Art, Central Saint Martins and Kingston University scooping the top prizes. For the last 14 years, the Penguin Student Design Award has sought to find and nurture the “next generation” of book cover designers by giving young creatives the...

Es Devlin is crowdsourcing a “choral soundscape” for the Expo 2020 Dubai

Es Devlin and sound design studio Polyphonia have announced a crowd-sourced musical project as part of the Expo 2020 Dubai. The London-based multidisciplinary studio has created a seven-minute composition track and people can contribute their interpretations of the piece (in any musical style). This will then be played throughout the installation....

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