Tuesday, 17 May 2016

New? Paris Tourist Office logotype

What to make of the new identity, just launched, for the Paris Tourist Office?... The much over used Eiffel Tower image - over 100 years old now - does tend to be a well-worn, retro and often kitsch symbol that has been flogged to death. But the simplicity of Graphéine's typographic logotype is its saving grace.
The full project here:

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Nutritional graphics France

The French government is testing new nutritional information graphics for food packaging. Four proposals are under review (top). The UK (bottom) & USA (right) current designs are very clear. The UK one is being tested. Seems a lot simpler than the new proposals...

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Robert Brownjohn archive online

Robert Brownjohn, one of the great US designers from the early days of graphic design now has a dedicated archive website of his work and life.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Team GB Rio Olympics kit

Team GB Rio Olympics kit designed by Stella McCartney unveiled.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Stunning flagship stores for Hermes, Beverly Hills and Dior, Miami

Stunning US flagship stores for Hermes, Beverly Hills by RDAI and Dior, Miami by Barbarito Bancel Paris. Gleaming white facades and remarkable volumes.

Wolfgang Tillman's posters against Brexit

Wolfgang Tillman's posters against Brexit. Designers say keep Britain in.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Paris Aéroport gets a new brand identity

Paris Aéroport gets a new brand identity by H5 Paris. Finally the rather kitsch flying Eiffel Tower sketch has been swept away and replaced by a dynamic graphic brand. Nice typo detail on the A characters.

No Freedom of Press in Turkey campaign

2 000 legal cases brought by Erdogan against his critics, including Miss Turkey and a 13 year old school boy.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Interactive user generated Telecoms logo that reacts to the sound of the consumers voice

Wolff Olins has created the new brand identity for Oi Telecoms in South America. The logotype is user generated and reacts to the sound of the customers voice. Totally interactive, totally dynamic.

Silverstone race circuit brand

Famed British motor racing circuit Silverstone get a new identity and 'racing line' propriety typeface by DS Emotion. http://www.designweek.co.uk/motorsport-venue-silverstone-launches-new-branding/

Monday, 11 April 2016

Typographic Shakespeare stamps

Shakespeare stamp collection by agency The Chase, London, for UK Royal Mail. Featuring typographic quotations from the Bard.

Tallest timber frame building in the world planned for London

PLP Architecture & Cambridge University propose a 300m timber frame tower for London. 80 storey high, it would be the tallest timber structure in the world.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Bordeaux Cité du Vin - June 2016

 The Cité du Vin is due to open June 2016. Design bu Agence XTU (Paris) & Casson Mann Ltd (UK). €81 million design & build budget.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Paul Vickers Design on Instagram


Flag colours & graphics

Fascinating study of the worlds national flag colours, graphics and design by agency Ferdio.
More here: http://logonews.fr/2016/04/01/date-visualisation-des-drapeaux-nationaux/#more-12668

Celio* on a diet

Overweight and fat is out, slim and healthy is in with the new logotype for French clothing brand celio*. Rolled out this month. Designer unknown for the moment. Looses some of its force of course.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Herzog & de Meuron Bordeaux stadium

Herzog & de Meuron Bordeaux stadium open.

Jean-Paul Viguier to build tallest timber towers in Bordeaux

Jean-Paul Viguier to build world's tallest timber framed towers in Bordeaux.
Photo Dezeeen

Lascaux 4 by Snohetta

Down the road from us, opening December 2016.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Feather quill logos...!

Think press, media and news information today and you think dynamic moving messages, interactive and digital. I'm always surprised how newsagent stores in France are still signed by medieval calligraphers feather quills. Explanation: Egyptian symbol of Ma'at - goddess of truth, justice & order. Later used as a Christian symbol of virtues. Maybe time for an update in the 21st century?
Times Square screen, biggest in the world, as long as a football field, 8 storeys high, 24 millions LED's.
Photo Getty Images

Apples for apples...

New Franprix logotype by Bastien Figuié and Les Bons Faiseurs, looks very Apple... but a good improvement on the chaotic brand updates that have been all over the place in recent years. A bit Monop' too.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

CrossRail becomes Elizabeth Line. Logo & colours

The new CrossRail line that will run under London from east to west has been named the Elizabeth Line, with a purple colour scheme in keeping with the Queens wardrobe. Opening 2018.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

OMGB campaign

Oh My Great Britain campaign trailer

Friday, 5 February 2016

End of the circumflex?

The Academie Française and the Ministry of Education propose to abolish, some not all, of the accents in French words. A futile and irrelevant exercise that creates confusion and destroys cultural and linguistic heritage. Certainly typographers and designers would miss these interesting characters and accents.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Some of our recent work & projects on Pinterest

UK creative business and design now earns a staggering £9.6 million per hour!

2015 design and creative business figures from the UK government: £84.1 billion per year in revenue or a staggering £9.6 million per hour earned. This is 8.9% growth on 2014 revenue figures.
The UK remains Europe's No. 1 design economy and the world's No. 2 design economy. Yes!
We have updated our campaign and poster designs to reflect the UK's 2015's earnings.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Road safety poster

Poster for road safety and mobile phone use that cleverly uses typography and layout to get the message across.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Our Carrefour Camembert packaging design

Our Camembert packaging for Carrefour is now a collectors piece. Original packaging for sale on eBay.
Designed with Design Solution.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

British & French automobile brands

A line up of top British & French automobile brands. From Aston Martin & Bentley to MG & Mini, some really great brands & cars from the UK.

Birmingham New Street station renovation

Birmingham New Street station has just opened after a £750 million renovation by AZPML architecture. For when the renovation of 'third world' Austerlitz station Paris, that I use every week?
Austerlitz top, Birmingham bottom.
Photos Dezeen. 
AZPML's Birmingham New Street Station renovation revealed in new images

Accor Hotels headquarters signage competition won by Ecole Bleue team

My class of 3rd year students at the Ecole Bleue have participated in the design competition to create the internal building signage for the Accor Hotels headquarters, a 23 floor tower, Tour Sequana, which will be home for 1 500 people. Three teams were shortlisted and the competition finally won by Maud, Marie & Mareva. Congratulations. Maud is currently realising the project on internship at Accor.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Not only spelt wrong but terrible typography & design of Charlie Hebdo memorial

As if spelling Wolinski's name on the memorial plaque for Charlie Hebdo was not bad enough, the typeface, typographic design, layout and overall design of the monument, even down to choice of the stone colour and fixings could not be worse. This is a very sad, retro style (1940's?) monument that shows no respect to these men of letters, to who the word and its graphic expression were the most important things in their lives.