Sunday, 22 November 2015

Bojo Beaujolais Nouveau 2015

Fun, typographic smiley face for Nicholas Bojo Beaujolais Nouveau 2015. Enjoy!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Hope Peace Love on Designspiration

Our Hope Peace Love poster is on Designspiration.

Fine mosaic typography

Very fine mosaic typography on the Paris metro, seen this week. 'Arial mosaic' I would guess.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

France embodies everything...

Comment on New York Times terrorist attack article by Blackpoodles.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Hope Peace Love solidarity poster

Our Hope Peace Love - 13 November 2015 poster. The real symbolism of these colours.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Hope, Peace, Love, 13 November 2015

Blue is for Hope, White is for Peace & Red is for Love. A reminder of the symbolism of these colours.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Steelhenge & Stonehenge

Steelhenge is a contemporary interpretation of Stonehenge, England's prehistoric stone circle. Built of 50 blue shipping containers by Bureau A for Geneva's first independent art biennale.
Photos: D Perrenoud & National Geographic.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

More incoherence with Potato and Fruit & Veg logos!

Adding to the confusion of the incredibly inconcistent Meat logos, Potatoes and Fruit & Veg now add further variants on the design. Inconsistent typography, typefaces, colours and layouts. Different illustration styles & colour palates, variants on the flag background... Vivre le chaos! Vivre les 70's!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Love Petits Carreaux de Paris

Love Petits Carreaux de Paris chocolates. Design by Noir Vif and chocolate by Jacques Brokel. Shape inspired by classic Paris metro tiles, that we have in our Paris kitchen.

Design's contribution to the UK economy is 7%

Latest figures from the UK Design Council.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Jollypop lollipops & packaging.

Amazing Jollypop lollipop's from March in Vilnius, Lithuania. Great food design & packaging design.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Know your dog breeds, know your city

Caniveau dog signs from different cities in France, each city features a different breed of dog! The Fox Terrier, bottom left, from Saint Malo.

Monday, 21 September 2015

New Galeries Lafayette logotype

Galeries Lafayette get a new identity by BETC France and Wednesday UK. Gone the rather kitsch Eiffel Tower reference. In a more dynamic 'fashion' calligraphy treatment. A much needed up-date.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

'Gritty' Rugby stamps by Hat-trick Design for the Royal Mail

Very graphic stamps designed by Hat-trick Design & illustrator Geoff Appleton represent the 'gritty' energy of Rugby for the Rugby World Cup 2015

Friday, 18 September 2015

New Gendarmerie Nationale logo - gone fishing...

Gendarmerie Nationale in France gets a new logotype. But what are the values that this 'fishing hook' is trying to communicate? Gone are the references to its long history, founded in 1791, its historic grenade symbol (like the British Grenadier Guards), the blue, white, red national colours...
The new logo communicates virtually nothing. It will not be legible on vehicles, impossible to embroider on uniforms, a difficult shape to place on any support. Leveraging heritage for something new, yes. Abandoning all for mediocracy, no.

Our UK Creative Industry campaign

Our UK Creative Industry & Design campaign and poster.
Yes, £8.8 million per hour or £76.9 billion per year!

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Adrien Frutiger

Adrien Frutiger, famous for the design of Univers, Frutiger, Avenir and over 30 other typefaces, died today. His typefaces will live on for ever.

Summer Seminar at the Ecole Bleue for INDA Bangkok students

Start of the Summer Seminar with INDA students. Global design assignment with the quintessentially French subject of the 'Boulangerie - Patisserie'. Conference, visits, boulangerie tour, creative work...

Ecole Bleue graduates on the Etapes Special Diplômes site

Our Ecole Bleue graduates work is featured extensively on the Etapes Special Diplômes 2015 web site

Friday, 4 September 2015

September Summer Design Seminar 2015

The Ecole Bleue launches its first summer seminar and workshop, a three week intensive global design workshop in Paris & the country. This years theme, la Boulangerie - Patisserie Française. A quintessentialy French subject for international design students who will be participating.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

New Google logo - work in progress

Always fascinating to get a behind the scenes view of the creative work that goes into producing a logotype design. Here is some of the work in progress, and alternative proposals, for the Google logo.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Logotype changes are front page world news on BBC

Logotypes and branding are headline news on the BBC. The new Google logo and the scrapping of the recently announced 2020 Tokyo Olympics logo are both front page news articles today on BBC News.
Just shows how logotypes and branding have become leading subjects in the world. Great.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

September Summer Seminar at the Ecole Bleue: La Boulangerie

Research & writing the brief for the September Summer Seminar 2015 at the Ecole Bleue. The subject: La Boulangerie Française - a global design assignment.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Great British Type Designers UK Royal Mail stamps

Design proposal from Darren Scott of agency Truth, for a series of Royal Mail stamps celebrating Great British Type Designers. I am waiting to stick these on my mail.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Make in India campaign branding.

The new Make in India campaign initiative branding. A major new national program, designed to facilitate investment, foster innovation, enhance skill development, protect intellectual property and build best-in-class manufacturing infrastructure.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

No progress in postage stamp design in France!

No progress in postage stamp design in France! Embarrassingly bad illustrations contrast with the UK Royal Mail's celebration of British Innovation & technology.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

'Sgraffito' facades on Renaissance Palazzo's in Bogo degli Albizi

'Sgraffito' facades on Renaissance Palazzo's in Bogo degli Albizi, Florence and on the left bank of the Arno. From the Italian word 'to scratch', these monochromatic designs are scratched into the painted facades with a sharp tool.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Typographic facade of the Art Deco Bourse de Travail in Bordeaux

Great typographic facade of the 1935-38 Art Deco Bourse de Travail in Bordeaux. An Art Deco masterpiece by Jacques D'Welles and a listed historic monument.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

How to layout and design an internship report and thesis

My layout and design presentation also available shortly on Slideshare.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

The Brand in 3D: signage design conference

My Brand in 3D: signage design conference. Creating and realising effective brands, that combine visual communications, 3D design and architecture. Now visible on Slideshare.

Design Guidelines Keynote presentation

My Design Guidelines presentation: defining brand identity, is now visible at Slideshare.

Brand identities for diploma projects

A few of the brand identities developed by diploma students at the Ecole Bleue for their final graduation projects. Every brand communicates the essential of the project - sophisticated, understated typographic logotypes communicating the ideas with subtlety and force.

Friday, 17 July 2015

What is Visual Communications design?

My conference on Visual Communications, what it is and what is its role, is visible on Slideshare.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

This is for real, the saga continues...

This might look like a big joke but its for real. The continuing saga of kitsch regional brands and identities being rolled out across France.
Yes, they look like a time warp to the 1970's. Yes, they are of appalling typographic and graphic execution. Yes, they are cheap - depriving the regional creative agencies of work and the opportunity to professionally  promote their departments and regions. What a disaster and waste of the limited budgets that have been invested in them. A laughing stock and a lesson in what not to do in branding!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Japan - France and trains

In Japan 'Women Only' subway trains. In France No Women allowed on trains...