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.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Brandalism for Cop21

600 advertising sites pirated with environmental campaign posters.

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.