Saturday, 25 February 2017

New United Kingdom passport design competition

Following our work on the Great Britain in Europe campaign and logotype, we are now working on the design competition for the new post Brexit United Kingdom passport redesign. If Brexit has to happen, maybe we can at least have a decent passport design to boost morale. Coming soon. Watch this space and competition winner announcement.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Disappointing B'A, new Bassin d'Arcachon brand

Launch of a new brand and visual identity for the Bassin d'Archon (top). A disappointing and graphically weak proposal that communicates little of the region. (Previous version bottom).
As so often in France, absolutely no mention of the designer or agency is made.
Another version has the full name spelt out. I'm still hunting a decent visual.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Trumps "alternative" wall design

Oh no, Trump is going to redesign the wall. Homeland Security estimates it will cost $21 billion, almost double Trumps estimate of €12 billion. So he says he's going to design a cheaper one. Ikea have proposed a flat-pack model, here is a  signature scribble proposal - dirt cheap and razor sharp if you try to climb it.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Jean Widmer's original sketches for the Beaubourg logotype

Jean Widmer's original sketches and compositions for the Beaubourg logotype. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Piano & Rogers designed museum.

Branding & packaging design for Mornin' Milk, selected for Pentawards

Branding & packaging design for Mornin' Milk. Project led with Jérome H, Nathalie T and designers Margaux, Camille, Martin & Alexis. Selected for Pentawards 2016 in China. A different milk time is displayed on every face.

Not the most inspired of logotypes for the French presidential elections!

Not the most inspired of logotypes for the Socialist candidates for the 2017 French presidential elections! Basically all the same apart from Macron's trembling Lycée handwriting... Pity they didn't consult some designers.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Design of the Year Awards 2016

Ikea's flat pack refugee shelter wins overall 2016 award. Jonathan Barnbrook's Blackstar album for Bowie wins the Graphic Design award for 2016. Now launched as a postage stamp by the UK Post Office.

Make America Hate Again


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Iconographic brainstorming & concept boards

Examples of concept boards from iconographic brainstorming sessions for two different projects. First for the 'Workspace of the Future' and secondly for the branding and interior design of a 'Wine bar and micro brewery' project for an international client.



Monday, 9 January 2017

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.
https://www.grapheine.com/actulogo/logo-nouvelle-aquitaine-lion

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.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38123926

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.