News round-up 06.01.12
A new year, but we’re sticking to the same winning news round-up formula: design, marketing and ‘other’ news distilled down into delicious bite-size nuggets and served up fresh every month.
Cogs of Industry
Arise, Sir Ive. British-born Jonathan “Jony” Ive, senior vice president of industrial design at Apple, has been awarded a knighthood in recognition of his work. Ive worked closely with the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, who described Ive as his “spiritual partner” at Apple.
Though we’d never criticise anyone for spending money on packaging change, others are raising an eyebrow in Cadbury’s direction after reports that they’re due to spend £6m on packaging changes after laying off 200 staff. Owners Kraft are reportedly pursuing a change which will see the packaging standing upright on shelves in a bid to bolster standout.
A report by the British Heart Foundation suggests 25% of young smokers view cigarettes in branded packaging as safer than those in plain packaging. Last year Australia imposed laws that forced all cigarettes to be packaged in a putrid olive green colour, with a prominent photograph of the associated health risks.
If you’ve ever had a burning desire to invite your business associates to see photos of you getting drunk at weddings, then this is the innovation for you: Facebook business cards.
JKR’s Silas Amos has an interesting post on the sad demise of Saab and how it lost its way – as well as the rise of the Chinese lookalikes.
What do “The Big Pony Collection”, “Loverdose”, “Bang Bang” and “No! No! Hair Removal” all have in common? They’re all names of new beauty and personal care products. Views on these and many more in Design Bridge’s excellent blog post right here.
Having spent most of my Christmas trying to explain technology I thought was intuitive to the older generation, I can see why Marketing Week’s Secret Marketer explains why his Marketer of the Year is entrepreneur Martin Brennan, maker of fogey-friendly music devices.
To celebrate its 100th birthday this year, Paramount Pictures is introducing a revised logo which cleans up the mark and pulls back the frame to reveal more of the landscape (the Wasatch mountain range, pub quiz fans). More over at Brand New.
Stranger & Stranger keep on churning out lovely work. Here’s their latest for Spicebox spiced whisky. They’ve also done this for “Winter Jack”, JD’s apple whiskey punch, and this extraordinary number.
Simple but effective is probably the best way to describe these chocolate pack designs by Puigdemont Roca.
This is the rather amusing “apocalypse wine” by STUDIOIN, which lists potential apocalypse scenarios, including UFO attack and the Large Hadron Collider exploding. Happy New Year!
This month we’ve pulled back the curtain in our Meet the Team post. Meet the chaps behind the charts at The Big Picture!
January can feel pretty bleak at times, but this artwork, “Obliteration Room” by Yayoi Kusama might help warm the heart. As part of the “Look Now See Forever” exhibition, children were sent into a stark white room armed with coloured stickers. The result is either a hypnotising rainbow room or a mess, depending on your perspective.
Here’s Hello World, an exhibition by Christopher Baker which looks at the curious modern phenomenon of YouTube confessions, video diaries of private thoughts broadcast to millions. It’s at the Saatchi Gallery until the end of February.
The second Giving Shelter competition saw designs for cat shelters. More here.
If you didn’t catch the London NYE fireworks, then you can see them here in glorious HD.
Name That Brand!
And here’s the most important bit of the news – Name That Brand, where we crop a bit of a well known logo and encourage you to guess it. The last one was far too easy, judging from the speed of response – Lavazza.
See if you can guess this edition’s:
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That’s all for now – until next time!