News round-up 27.09.10


Everything you need to know about the world of design in September, compiled by Stuart Chapman

Ever get that horrible feeling you’re not entirely up-to-date on the world of design? Well never fear, the news round-up’s here!

The Cogs of Industry

William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons, owners of Sailor Jerry, Hendrick’s Gin & newly-acquired Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey, have established a new global marketing office as they look to build their core non-Scotch brands

Pepsi RawPepsi Raw, Pepsi’s natural offering, has been withdrawn. Sales in the off-trade struggled


FosterFoster’s has launched new designs for their cans, by BrandMe. But more importantly, they’ve sponsored a new series of Alan Partridge. It will run on digital channel UK Conquest the internet from Autumn. Back of the net!


McCain is launching a £6m marketing push


Vitamin WaterM&S are the latest retailer in hot water for allegedly overstepping the invisible line between ‘following category cues’ and ‘flagrant plagiarism’ for their ‘VitaminWater’ homage, ‘Vitamin Water’


Commentary Corner

Olly MossDesign Bridge blog on Olly Moss‘s excellent posters for classic films

Glorious! soupPragma’s guest column in Packaging News gives a fairly indifferent 5/10 review to Glorious! Soup’s packaging – too much focus on character, not enough on content is its summary


Too Much ChoiceBrand Packaging comments on the consumer horrors of Too Much Choice Syndrome


Coke Fridge Pack


… and Brand Packaging again, here on 10 packages that have made a big consumer impact

Pretty Packaging

OtarianPearlfisher did these clean designs for Otarian, a new veggie restaurant that measures the carbon footprint of each dish on their menu

Grants 25 yoGrant’s have launched a new 25-year-old (does that makes sense?) blend, designed by LFH


MindyVintage is back: Mindy’s Hot Chocolate by Kyle Tezak


ChaseChase is the UK’s only potato vodka… and it’s very beautiful


Junk carrotsWith unhealthy food and snacks scrambling to reinforce health and naturalness credentials to today’s diet-conscious consumer, here’s something going the other way – carrots, repackaged as junk food, by Crispin Porter + Bogusky


Nut ButterMills & Co nut butter. Something beautifully simple about these designs, by Danielle Davis


Charles WorthingtonNew designs for Charles Worthington by Cookchick


And finally…

A great example of branding impacting on every element of the marketing mix here for Slice by designers Manual, with the characteristic slash of the logo cropping (excuse the pun) up in packaging, point of sale, marketing materials … the lot. See more after the jump

One consumer makes a compelling case against crowd-sourced marketing


Left & RightI think I’ve probably talked enough about how cool David McCandless’s work is, but here’s a video of him talking about his infographic work


England shirtCapitalising on the England-mania started by the team’s stirring performance in the World Cup, there’s a new kit. It’s been designed by Peter Saville


SECCAStatic logos are so 2009. This is the new branding for Secca, the South Eastern Centre for Contemporary Art in North Carolina


iTunes 10There’s a new iTunes, and you’ll notice the icon has changed too – gone is the CD, and in comes something a little more generic. It’s been the subject of a bit of a kicking online, and the ever-reliable Brand New blog explains why


Name That Brand!

Penguin BooksThe last NTB was Penguin Books…

This time…