Tuesday, 1 April 2014

La Samaritaine Sans Bold typeface creation

We are working on a typeface design based on the original La Samaritaine tile font from the Rue Baillet / Rue de l'Arbre Sec facades.
As the face is incomplete this includes creating new characters based on the existing tile letterforms. La Samaritaine Sans Bold is in production.

London Design Museum's 'Designs of the Year 2014'

London Design Museum's, Designs for the Year 2014 exhibition. Selection of 76 best designs.
Watch the video here:

Abram Games, designer on UK Royal Mail stamps

British graphic designer Abram Games is celebrated in a new stamp collection 'Remarkable Lives' by the Royal Mail. Games created iconic propaganda posters in the 1940's with his distinctive graphic and typographic  style.

Friday, 14 February 2014

In case of love at first sight - break glass!

Installation, design, St Valentine's day communication... 1 500 emergency style red boxes containing a single rose installed across Paris by Funny how flowers do that.co.uk. The glass is cellophane.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Railway station design: Austerlitz - its for when?

For when the renovation and redesign of Gare d'Austerlitz in Paris? The Gare St Lazare has experienced a major rejuvenation and redesign introducing highly successful retail and services. Kings Cross, St Pancras & Waterloo International in London have all been totally upgraded and seen extensive redesign. Austerlitz remains third world even if a Jean Nouvel extension is ongoing. The future is when...?

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Great Britain - world's 4th most valuable destination brand

Great Britain now the 4th most valuable nation brand in the world. Value $2.4 billion, thanks in part to the 2012 Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee. (Following US, China & Germany. Ahead of Japan).

Branding identity and design fees

 The Council of the European Union gets a brand lifting. A redesign rather than a complete new concept. Design fee €60 000 and this is what you get. For details on our fee structure see 'How long is a piece of string?' on this blog.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

L'Isle-de-France, Paris region gets a logotype

Paris Region gets a logotype, with an inevitable reference to good old Eiffel. Its a strong identity that works well with its negative space. Shame about the clunky typography that does not seem to fit. Can't find the designer credit, unfortunately.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

The chaos of a multiplicity of France brands

The real issue in 'Made in...' branding is: one unique and powerful brand or dozens of conflicting and contradictory brands?
Pinel, Montebourg and Pellerin tell us they are working on it. We await the outcome and hope for an improvement on Origine France and made in frAnce.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Union arrow for Made in Britain

Great Britain gets a new Made in Britain logotype, designed by The Partners, in the continuing Made in... logo saga. The bold red arrow points to the future. Below my review of the disastrous French version from March 2013.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

UK supermarket Asda offers 3D printing

British supermarket Asda becomes the first to offer 3D printing in store. Using a hand held scanner you can produce a 20cm 3D printed figurine sculpture. Cost £40, delivery in one week.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Help for Typhoon Hayian

Designer Paul Marlier, an ex student of mine, has created this great poster to help raise aid in the wake of Typhoon Hayian. All benefit to the Red Cross.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

'capio' logotype development with 3rd year Ecole Bleue

Working on a global design assignment with 3rd year students at the Ecole Bleue. After iconographic brainstorming, we have moved into design concept development and the start of the creation of the brand identity. Here 'capio' the logotype for a group of photographers, is in finalisation of typestyles, scale, relationships between positive & negative, foreground & background, layout and graphic detailing etc.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Too Polit?

This poster caught my attention this morning. Polit.fr is a new editor and furniture design brand. Their first exhibition is at Maison M Paris, 25 Rue de Bourgogne, 75007. http://www.polit.fr/blog.html

Saturday, 26 October 2013

TGV signage and pictograms, time for a redesign

Signage in the 3rd generation of TGV's needs a serious redesign: two different typefaces are used, one l/c, one U/c and upper and lower mixed, two typefaces for the numerals also. The pictograms are realized in a strange 'sketchy' style, partly in elevation, partly in perspective. The wc symbols are different on the signs and on the doors... '2nde classe' in a calligraphic font is an unusual choice for a high speed train. Oh, and that mobile phone...

Monday, 21 October 2013

Not quite 'Straight on' but a bit to the left...

Spotted this great directional arrow in Paris 11ème this week.

New Paris bicycle lane signage... get it?

Paris has introduced new bicycle lane signage that permits cyclists to turn right, or go straight on, at a red light on a junction. The signage seems far for clear in what is a somewhat risky situation. A yellow bike and arrow on a triangular sign with a red stop sign... what should you do?
Thanks to Henri Choimet for the tip.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Malala Sakharov Prize 2013 poster

Our poster celebrating Malala's Sakharov Prize 2013 winning, for freedom of thought, awarded by the European Parliament.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Repetto, Hermès, La Coutellerie Nontronnaise - our local business's invest in design

Our local business's are committed investors in design and innovation. Repetto, in our town, €50 million t/o, 50 boutiques around the world, has extended its production plant to triple production. (+38% since 2002). 150 new staff hired and a school of leather craftsmanship opened this year.
Hermès workshops in Nontron, just up the road from here, are where the Kelly and Birkin handbags are made. Also in Nontron, CWD saddlery, No.1 in France and a world market leader, equips the French London Olympics winning team.
And La Coutellerie Nontronnaise makes its famous knives in its Philippe Starck & Luc Arsène-Henri designed workshops.
Designed in the Sud-Ouest is an overwhelming success!
All photos copyright of their owners

Saturday, 5 October 2013

What is visual communications?

I am working on a keynote presentation / conference on the role of visual communications in global design. Coming soon.

Friday, 4 October 2013

BHV from a 60's joke to bland anonymity...

The BHV  f i n a l l y  gets round to a new identity and logotype.
The old cubic thing was really just a joke. So 60's, so unrelated to an upmarket department store, so 'heavy construction company'... so irrelevant! It amazed me every day I went past it. Just very disappointing to see that the new identity by Publicis Royalties is so characterless, bland and 'passe partout', it could be used for anything and it says absolutely nothing about the very unique BHV. Shame, a missed opportunity.

Friday, 27 September 2013

The Fallen 9000 Peace Day project

9 000 silhouettes etched in the sand on the Normandy beaches to commemorate the 9 000 combined casualties of D-Day 6 June 1944 and mark Peace Day 2013.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Valentine logotype by Charles Loupot circa 1930's

Superb example of Charles Loupot's Valtentine logotype painted on a roof gable in the sud-ouest. The colours with todays azure sky - about perfect! Loupot is also the creator of the Saint-Raphaël barmen logo and posters.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Rio 2016 & Tokyo 2020 logotypes

Tonight Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Olympics. The logotype design was definitely better than the competitor cities - maybe the deciding factor? Tokyo 2020 created by design student Ai Shimamine. Rio 2016 designed by Brazil agency Tatil.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Now one million child refugees and 426 children killed by chemical weapons...

Sadly we have had too update our UNHCR Syria poster. All aid to www.unhcr.org

Friday, 30 August 2013

Boden shoots at Paris mosaics that I have already discussed on this blog

British fashion brand Boden shoots their Paris fashion pages infront of the same mosaics on the old La Samaritaine store that I illustrated here a couple of months ago. They are part of the Parisian retail and design culture - to be preserved.

Monday, 5 August 2013

007 in the Great Britain tourism campaign

James Bond does his bit for Queen & country in the Great Britain tourism campaign, with a little help from Aston Martin.
Talking tourism, France is the worlds No.1 destination in terms of visitor numbers at 33m, but tourism income is half that spent each day in the UK and a third of that spent in the USA. And Paris (12.92m visitors) has now slipped to the world's 3rd most popular city after 2nd London (15.96m) and 1st Bangkok (15.98m).

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Sunflowers and Van Gogh branding

The brilliant and evocative Van Gogh Museum branding by Koeweiden Postma. The distinctive 'brush strokes' pattern works really well with the Rietveld inspired cubist shape. Sunflower colors are also used in the museography very well.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Rijksmuseum branding by Irma Boom Office

The Rijksmuseum logotype, branding, typefaces and color palette, which is based on the colours found in the collections masterpieces, are exhibited and explained in the museum. Nice detail.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Amsterdam loves bikes logo

Logo on floating bike park and free bike repair workshop, Amsterdam.

Friday, 19 July 2013

My Mon'op brand review

My Mon'op banding review on the new look Brand New site.