Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Monday, 26 December 2016

Friday, 23 December 2016

Lascaux cave art museum by Snøhetta opens

Lascaux cave art museum by Snøhetta architecture, Duncan Lewis and Casson Mann opens just down the road from us. 11 400m2 of museum and exhibition space, 400 000 visitors a year expected. Evidence of man's first graphic design work!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Nouvelle Aquitaine brand idea

One of our design proposals, not submitted, for the new Nouvelle Aquitaine brand. An arrow in the form of an A symbolising dynamism and direction. Blue for the waters of Aquitaine, bright green for nature and ecology, vibrant fluorescent pink for the future, new technologies and urbanism. A logotype, an icon and a pattern.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A Nouvelle mess!

Oh no...! this awful mess is what we are going to have to live with for the next few years. The new brand for the region Nouvelle Aquitaine has just been unveiled by Alain Rousset, President of the Region. Any idea what its meant to represent? a horse, a lion, a footprint?... suggestions welcome.
This disaster of a logo, that looks totally 1970's, with its badly illustrated thing and retro typography has been produced in house. The region was too mean to pay their local designers anything to design a brand worthy of the name. A sad day for Aquitaine and Aquitains.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Hope Peace Love 2017 on Designspiration

Our Hope Peace Love 2017 greeting card is published on Designspiration.

New work on Designspiration

New work from 2016 published on Designspiration.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Signage design & way finding for retail destinations

Signage design and way finding for Retail Design class at the Ecole Bleue. A combined visual communications and interior design class working with industry specialists Hammerson - retail destination developers and Minale Design Strategy agency.

Keyword Brainstorming for tea brand

Keyword brainstorming session for branding and packaging assignment for a niche tea producer brand.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Help Turkey campaign!

Erdogan's Stalinist style purge continues in Turkey: 125 000 dismissed from jobs and suspended, 40 000 arrested, 130 media services shut down, 15 universities closed, 14 000 students removed, an attempt to legalise child rape and now credible allegations of torture of prisoners. The biggest purge and human rights abuse in recent times.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Global Design assignments in Visual Communications

Global Design assignments, numbers one and two, for 3rd Year design students. The first dealing with branding & packaging design for a lighting project realised in 3D design classes. The second a Retail Design project with a broad scope: combining interior design and visual communications. Naming, branding and way finding for a retail destination of the future. Project realised with professional partners from the retail business and a top design agency, specialised in this market.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Designed by Apple - the book

The best design school in Paris gets a new logotype and branding

Phases 3 & 4 of the design development of the school logotype and branding. Work produced in partnership with the internal communications team.

Blue white and red Primaries logotypes

After Trump, its Fillon in France who is the surprise candidat at the French Primaries elections for the Presidency. What about the three main candidates logos and communications? Sarkozy's red t was very poor, proved by his being ejected from the finals. Fillon and Juppe try for some dynamism. Fillon's F is very 'Formula 1' style, normal he is involved in the Le Mans race circuit and lives nearby. I'm impatient to see the Socialist candidates logotypes...

Saturday, 19 November 2016

€1.55 million for Tintin Explorers on the Moon drawing.

Methodology for Visual Communications keynote

Presentation of my Methodology for Visual Communications keynote to Prépa - Foundation Year students at the Ecole Bleue. Methodology, brainstorming, ideation and personal project development.

'Made in' logotypes

Made in Britain and Made in France logotypes and visual communications. Very disappointing treatment of the Cock and MIF logo from the French team, here... not inspiring...

Future Shopping design assignment explained

Logotype and branding design for implementation and execution of the 'Future Shopping' project, explained to students. With development of the brand concept and organisation of work across the teams.

London's new Design Museum opens

London's new £83 million Design Museum, designed by John Pawson and OMA opens next week in the Commonwealth Institute building. The biggest Design Museum in the world.
Photo copyright Luke Hayes

New logotype and branding for the top School of Design in Paris

New logotype and branding for the top School of Design in Paris. Part of our design proposals,  realised together with the internal communications team and currently being rolled out across all communications supports.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Trump design...! Just make it gold!

With only hours to go and with only 2 points between the candidates, what can we say about the Trump in design terms?
Oh my God, just look at his apartment... his tacky gold logos and the famously obscene Trump Pence penetration logo...!

Saturday, 5 November 2016

The Optical Company brand identity

TOC repeat pattern

The Optical Company repeat pattern design, positive on white.

2016 Remembrance Peace poster

Our 2016 Remembrance Sunday Peace poster.

Katmandu Nepal student study tour 2017

Katmandu Nepal school study tour organised for April 2017. We will spend 10 days working on a humanitarian aid project building a community centre in a village devastated by the Nepal earthquake, followed by 10 days in the Katmandu Valley visiting, observing and drawing.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Optical Company brand design

OC logotype medium in positive and negative versions.

The Optical Company branding and communications

The Optical Company - branding and identity design

The Optical Company - Fine Design Eyewear, branding and identity design. Our logotype strives for the essential: a pair of glasses and the OC monogram. A perfect reflection of the company philosophy.
The logotype existes in three weights, in the same way that optical frames come in different thicknesses for different faces and looks.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Most used colours on the internet

The most used colours on the internet. A fascinating study by Paul Hebert. And yes, no prizes for guessing the most popular colour: blue.

b2 Editions

The graphically and iconographically rich collection of essays on design, architecture & culture etc. published by Les Editions b2. To discover.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Visual Communications design: a methodology.

Visual Communications design: a methodology. Part of my presentation on method, processes and tools for visual communications design.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Grand Mess...!

As previously discussed on this blog, the new generation of regional brands are starting to be rolled out in France. This is another tragic example of the dumbing down of regional identities to the most mundane and characterless expression imaginable. Gone are the Alsace pretzel heart, the historic Lorraine symbolism and the interlocked hearts of Champagne & Ardenne... in comes a boring type logo on a faded blue holding shape - it looks more like a discount supermarket than the expression of a hugely rich historian cultural and economic region. It looks dated already. (Agency currently unknown). I am concerned about what our Nouvelle Aquitaine identity is going to look like... ps. We have not yet been consulted for the branding design assignment.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Burning Man 2016

Burning Man 2016, the art & music festival like no other, starts today through to 5 September. Black Rock Desert, Nevada USA.

Ecole Bleue wins Accor Hotels design competitions

Accor Hotels design competitions to create the signage system for their new headquarters building and to imagine hotel rooms of the future, have all been won by Ecole Bleue students. My 3rd Year students, Maud, Mareva & Marie, won the signage design competition. The system is now installed in the Issy-les-Moullineaux office tower.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Refugee Nation Olympics team flag, design inspired by lifejackets

The brilliant Refugee Nation flag designed for the refugee team at the 2016 Rio Olympics by Yara Said a Syrian refugee, inspired by the colours of the lifejackets, that she and millions of other refugees have worn during their journeys to freedom and peace.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

UK creative business - earns £9.6 million per hour

A reminder in the current IN-OUT chaos of the UK's incredible creative business value.
£9.6 million per hour or £84.1 billion per year earn by the UK's creative businesses.
Poster & campaign: Paul Vicker Design.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Britain in Europe, not out of Europe

Vote referendum II, sign the government petition.