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Designers on British Rail’s logo update: “The worst sustainability-by-numbers thinking”

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has revealed an update to the National Rail logo as part of the rail service’s We Mean Green campaign. RDG (the group that represents National Rail) unveiled the green-themed logo ahead of November’s COP26 summit, as part of an environmental campaign to encourage rail use. The temporary redesign – which now features five...

Gospel organisation Mama Foundation’s new identity designed with “joy in mind”

New York design consultancy ThoughtMatter has crafted the new identity for Mama Foundation for the Arts, a cultural organisation which promotes engagement with gospel, jazz and R&B. Mama Foundation is based in Harlem, New York, where it provides a cultural space for people to access training and employment as performing artists for free. The...

Fashion illustrator Gladys Perint Palmer: “How many ways can one draw a blazer?”

Gladys Perint Palmer says her award-winning career in fashion illustration began by accident. As a student at what is now Central Saint Martins in the late 1960s, two weeks before the end of her foundation year, she opted to study illustration when classes resumed in the new academic year. Then she all but forgot about it. “It was a glorious summer...

Design Council announces Design for Planet festival to coincide with COP26

The Design Council has announced a new strategic focus to address climate change, which will see the organisation put on a two-day festival during COP26, the United Nations’ climate change conference, which will be attended by world leaders in Glasgow in November. Design for Planet is the Design Council’s initiative to “mobilise” the UK’s 1.69 million-strong...

Tesco and Vanquis design leaders share tips on navigating ROI pressures

Having to justify design work in terms of return on investment (ROI) is a perennial problem for designers. ROI conversations can be creatively constricting for a designer. Meanwhile whole design teams are often lambasted by the national press when they are perceived to have wasted time and money on a problem that didn’t need fixing. This is made more...

Mr. P gets a haircut in “simplified” Pringles rebrand

Pringles UK has revealed a rebrand, introducing a new version of its Mr. P mascot for the first time in 20 years. The new look has been created by design studio Jones Knowles Ritchie (JKR) and timed for the 30th anniversary of the crisp’s UK launch. It includes a new logo and updated packaging. Pringles’ previous logo (left) and the updated version...

D&AD reveals “more personalised” and digital-only 2021 annual

D&AD has unveiled its 59th annual, the second following last year’s announcement that it would be digital-only. The annual celebrates D&AD’s yearly awards programme and showcases winning content with additional interviews and insight. https://centaur-wp.s3.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com/designweek/prod/content/uploads/2021/09/22113022/screen-home-1080-x-1080.mp4...

The latest design books to look out for

Make to Know, by Lorne M. Buchman The pandemic has unsettled creatives the world over. But as art and design teacher and ArtCenter College of Design president Lorne M. Buchman explains in his new book, uncertainty is a deeply creative state to be in. In Make to Know, Buchman uses direct interviews with artists and designers to make the point. Those...

Space10 and Ikea’s Everyday Experiments “take us beyond the home without leaving it”

Ikea and Danish design lab Space 10 have unveiled the latest experiments on their collaborate platform Everyday Experiments, which aim to “take us beyond the home without leaving it”. Now in its second year, the platform – which collaborates with designers around the world – has been given a new impetus thanks to global lockdowns, according to Space10...

London Design Festival 2021 – exhibitions and trade shows guide

Exhibition: Against the Grain Arts platform Fels and Jan Hendzel Studio have collaborated on materials and innovation-focused exhibition Against the Grain. Opening at Peckham’s Copeland Gallery, the show promises objects from unexpected mediums, all created with sustainable principles. Featured designers include Attua Aparicio, Marco Campardo and...

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