April 2022 News Roundup

Here is our round up of the news stories and industry articles that caught our eye during April 2022.


Design Council asks the public to take part in designing future train stations

The Design Council and Network Rail are launching the next phase of their initiative to reimagine the country’s railway stations by allowing the public to try out potential designs in virtual reality.

In the United Kingdom, there are around 2,000 small and medium train stations. Network Rail is now making an appeal to the British public, urging them to participate actively in a comprehensive programme that will result in the redesign of the majority of them.

Read the article in Design Week.

Beer company’s ‘misleading’ April Fools promotion sparks 40 complaints within hours

Bier Company’s April Fool’s Day campaign has backfired, with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) receiving at least 40 complaints within hours of the joke being disclosed.

Customers of the Bier Company were duped into believing they had won a long-running monthly competition to obtain a ‘black card,’ which grants them a free lifelong membership to the ‘Bier Club.’

Read the article in Marketing Week.

This folding charger concept is designed to reduce electronic waste

Blond, a London-based design company, has unveiled a folding charger prototype that tries to alleviate the tech industry’s rising problem of electrical waste.

Instead of discarding the Fold multi-purpose charger when it became obsolete, people could repair and improve it. The disposal of chargers is a major issue. According to the European Commission, obsolete and underused chargers generate 11,000 tonnes of electrical trash each year.

Read the article in Design Week.

‘Don’t stalk, inspire’: why brands are failing to build long-term relationships

Sir John Hegarty argues that the growth of digital technology has led to firms’ fixation with “stalking” rather than “inspiring” consumers, which is affecting their capacity to form long-term partnerships.

He remarked today (7 April) at the World Federation of Advertisers’ Global Marketer Week that businesses have gotten “overawed” by technology and are unsure what to do with it. “Am I a brand that stalks or am I a brand that inspires?” he told marketers, emphasising that the greatest way to inspire is to be innovative.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

Morphy Richards rebrands to honour “the tension of form and function”

Morphy Richards’ branding has been updated by London consultancy Otherway in an attempt to break through the “sea of sameness” in the household electrics industry.

In 1936, product engineer Donal Morphy and his company partner Charles Richards co-founded Morphy Richards. Since then, the firm has expanded its product line to include anything from kettles to toasters and coffee makers.

Read the article in Design Week.

Four in ten marketers expect recruitment ‘boost’ over next three months

Over half of marketers (54.1%) anticipate their firms’ employment numbers will stay the same in the coming quarter, while just 7.1 percent expect job losses.

Despite the effects of inflation and the Ukraine crisis on businesses, marketers predict a “strong” recruiting outlook over the next three months.

According to IPA Bellwether research obtained specifically for Marketing Week, nearly four out of ten (38.8%) marketers have “strong plans” to increase employment inside their company.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

Jodrell Bank’s new visual identity hopes to inspire a “sense of awe”

Johnson Banks, a London-based design firm, has created a new corporate identity for Jodrell Bank, the research centre and observatory that houses the Lovell Telescope.

The University of Manchester presently owns and manages the Cheshire-based observatory, which was founded nearly 75 years ago. The Lovell Telescope, created by Bernard Lovell in the 1950s and previously the world’s biggest steerable radio telescope, is the centrepiece.

Read the article in Design Week.

Jason Chuang taps into buried emotions in his dreamlike illustrations

He used to go to a weekly painting class as a kid and soak up the stories his teacher told the students. Drawing in class made him uncomfortable, and he frequently left with “untouched blank paper” but a mind full of ideas. He moved on to study illustration in further education after producing drawings based on Naruto or Twilight in high school, and just graduated with an MA at the Royal College of Art in London.

Now that he is a working artist and illustrator, he refuses to compromise his style and consciously avoids using a formula in his work. “I prefer to think of each work as a fresh challenge, a new frontier for me.” It’s terrifying, thrilling, and sometimes painful, and I have to hold off on doing what I know would work when things don’t work out, but the payout is far more precious to me this way, so I’d rather trust the unknown and avoid following a pattern.

Read the article in Creative Review.

M&S, P&O, Morrisons: Everything that matters this morning

Marks and Spencer’s “Fresh Market Update” customer campaign has been revived, with the goal of highlighting the importance of British Select farmers in the company’s quality, value, and freshness.

Between April and September this year, 62 distinct commercials will be shown on television, as well as direct mail, emails, social media, and local Facebook groups.

Read the article in Marketing Week.


March 2022 News Roundup

Here is our round up of the news stories and industry articles that caught our eye during March 2022.


Meta and Google block ads from Russian state media

Meta, the owner of Facebook, is banning advertisements from Russian state media globally in an effort to “demonetize” their accounts.

According to Reuters, Google has also barred Russia Today and other Russian state-owned media outlets from earning money for advertisements on their websites, apps, and YouTube videos. YouTube has announced that it is “pausing” the ability of a number of channels to monetize the platform, as well as prohibiting Russian state-funded media outlets from using its ad technology to generate income on their own websites and applications.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

The Design Innovation Network hopes to put design at the forefront of innovation

A new UK-based network has launched to bring designers, innovators and business leaders closer together.

The Design Innovation Network (DIN) was developed by government agency Innovate UK KTN to guarantee that design is integrated into innovation processes rather than treated as an afterthought.

According to DIN leader and KTN director of design Abigail Hird, the new project would encourage “innovators,” such as established firms and start-ups, to embrace design as part of the development process.

Read the article in Design Week.

Just Eat on ‘clear path to profitability’ after 85% rise in marketing spend

Just Eat believes it will achieve greater profitability this year and beyond by driving “solid growth” throughout the epidemic and significantly increasing brand spending.

From €369 million (£224 million) in 2020 to €684 million (£570 million) in 2021, the meal delivery service boosted its worldwide marketing spend by 85 percent. This is the second year in a row that the company has significantly boosted its marketing spending, with a 158 percent rise between 2019 and 2020.

In addition to marketing, the corporation spent heavily in “historically underinvested heritage areas” in order to “reposition” the company for online share increases, as well as growing its delivery and restaurant network.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

“You can’t be silent”: how designers are rallying in Ukraine

Ukraine is going through an extremely difficult time. There’s a war in my beloved country. But all Ukrainians unite and help each other.

The creative industry is no exception. Just as graphic artists created posters during the Second World War, Ukrainian designers and creatives are fighting Russian misinformation and conveying our messages to the West. Many of us are doing this while sitting in shelters and basements. Including me.

Read the article in Design Week.

War in Ukraine: How brands are responding

The list of businesses that refuse to do business with Russia is expanding by the day. Following mounting customer backlash, a number of companies, including McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, have ceased business in Ukraine and publicly denounced the attack on Ukraine.

Advertisers in the region are likewise reducing their ad spending. Three out of four global brand owners have shifted, decreased, or cut advertising spending in Russia since the invasion began, according to a study by the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) of 31 global brand owners totalling $43 billion (£32.7 billion) in global ad spend.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

The emotional power of typography

For the past decade or so, Sarah Hyndman has been investigating how typography affects us, conducting tests and research on its impact on our moods and senses, and proving how letterforms have capabilities far beyond intelligibility.

Hyndman, a designer and creator of the Type Tasting company, wrote The Type Taster: How Fonts Influence You in 2015, and her enthusiasm for the topic hasn’t dimmed since then. She’s now devised an imaginative new ‘show’ of sorts, with the support of an Arts Council funding, but one that arrives to you in a little box.

Read the article in Creative Review.

Ace & Tate has created a sunglasses campaign… that doesn’t include any shades.

It’s a risky move for an eyeglasses company to develop an ad campaign with no specs or sunglasses, but the result is surprisingly evocative. It shows pleasingly unretouched images of people with their eyes screwed up when they’re caught in a beam of sunshine, along with the simple tagline: Bring on the sun.

Read the article in Creative Review.

Counter-Print delves into the process of creating logos.

Process: Visual Journeys in Graphic Design (Second Edition) is a new book from British art and design publisher Counter-Print that explores “the seldom exhibited sketching and process underlying the production of marks and logotypes.”

Process, based on the work of BankerWessel, a Swedish graphic design firm, investigates fourteen of the studio’s projects, including over 1,500 sketches and notes that provide a unique glimpse into the creative process.

Read the article in Design Week.


February 2022 News Roundup

February 2022 News Roundup

Here is our round up of the news stories and industry articles that caught our eye during February 2022.


McDonald’s new loyalty scheme has ‘exceeded expectations’ as digital sales jump

According to McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempcziski, the fast food chain’s global loyalty scheme has been the “single biggest driver of digital adoption” and is on its way to becoming the world’s largest loyalty programme.

Investment in marketing and the growth of the delivery sector have seen continued UK growth for McDonald’s, which plans to further boost sales in 2022 with the expansion of “the world’s largest loyalty programme”.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

February 2022 News Roundup

These electric motorbikes are designed to fight poaching in Africa

Swedish electric bike company Cake has found an unexpected niche for its quieter, renewable energy-powered rides.
Rangers had been using combustion engine motorbikes to patrol parks and track down poachers. The main challenges was the reliance on gasoline, which needed to be flown in by helicopter, and the noise of combustion engines. “They’re so loud that the poachers hear them 45 minutes away,” Ytterborn says. “They just pack up their stuff and leave.”

Read the article in Design Week.

February 2022 News Roundup

Volvo eyes DTC promise as electric sales grow

Volvo saw direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales rise by 9% in 2021, as consumers responded to the “convenience” of online car buying.

Ecommerce sales in markets where the service is available ramped up in the fourth quarter driven by growing customer demand, explained outgoing chief executive Håkan Samuelsson at the brand’s full year results today (11 February).

Read the article in Marketing Week

February 2022 News Roundup

Live, love but don’t laugh: making the case for inspirational quotes

A simple yet oddly touching phrase was circulating on Twitter a few months ago. It was three simple words: lemurs, toilets, exit, a delightful contrast to the platform’s normal menu of bad news.

‘Lemurs, toilets, exit,’ captioned with ‘New Live Laugh Love just dropped,’ checked a lot of boxes when it came to image-based observational humour. It’s goofy and bizarre, yet it has a profound, existential air to it—thanks to the word order, maybe. It also subverts the easily criticised, syrupy cliches of the internet, reminding us that “today is a terrific day to be amazing.”

Read the article in Creative Review.

Airbnb CFO: We were right to shift spend from performance to brand-building

Airbnb will continue to invest the majority of its marketing budget in brand-building in 2022, citing PR as its “most critical channel” as it seeks to recruit new hosts and encourage innovation.

Airbnb’s fourth-quarter earnings were the “strongest ever,” thanks to more revenue and improved marketing efficiency.

In the three months to December 31, net profit was $55m (£40.6m), compared to a net loss of $3.9 bn (£2.9 bn) in the same time in 2020. The quarter’s total revenue was $1.5 bn (£1.1 billion), up 38% from the previous year.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

February 2022 News Roundup

Birmingham Royal Ballet rebrands with “emphatic wordmark”

In order to “turn up the volume on their talent,” NB Studio has produced a new visual identity for the organisation.

The branding comes after Carlos Acosta’s appointment as director in 2020, and it represents his desire to gain new followers, stage new work, and have a social effect.

For the 75-year-old ballet, NB Studio has devised a new typographic approach, replacing the serif wordmark with a more Brutalist-style sans serif. As the studio defines it, this “distinctive type architecture” is utilised to bookend images as well as business cards.

Read the article in Creative Review.

February 2022 News Roundup

Royal Mail honours legendary stamp designer David Gentleman in new collection

The Royal Mail has released a set of stamps honouring David Gentleman, a designer who “transformed British stamp design” in the second part of the twentieth century, according to the company.

Six stamps are included in the set, each with a different design from Gentleman’s 103-stamp back catalogue.

This is the first time Royal Mail has devoted a whole issue to one of its own commemorative stamp designers.

Read the article in Design Week.

February 2022 News Roundup

January 2022 News Roundup

January 2022 News Roundup

Here is our round up of the news stories and industry articles that caught our eye during January 2022.


Trends of the year 2021

The second year of the pandemic brought about yet more uncertainty, but there was also plenty of innovation, humour and hope. Here we look back at the creative trends over the past 12 months.

Read the article in Creative Review.

Design in 2022 – what will graphic design look like?

As part of our series of design in 2022, Frank William Miller Jr., design director at Matter Unlimited, offers his take on what might happen in graphics over the next year.

Read the article in Design Week.

Saga rebrands to focus on “experience rather than age”

Design studio SomeOne has crafted a new identity for the brand, which aims to “embrace a positive view of life over 50”.

London-based studio SomeOne has rebranded over 50s company Saga, hoping to showcase a “more positive side of getting older”.

Saga was founded in 1951 and provides insurance, travel and financial services for those aged 50 and over.

Read the article in Design Week.

Next’s digital focus pays off as online sales surge

Online sales surged over the Christmas period following Next’s decision last year to ramp up its digital marketing spend, with full price sales continuing to grow.

Capitalising on its decision to double down on digital marketing, Next saw full price sales rise 20% in the eight weeks to Christmas, a full £70m ahead of previous guidance.

Read the report in Marketing Week.

What the Beatles can teach us about creative process

The epic Disney+ series The Beatles: Get Back shows the sprawling, messy process of creativity.

What does creativity look like? Not the art, the creative product, the noun, but the verb, the making of, the process. How do you capture it? Describe the mysterious magic of it? Have you ever wondered? Look no further than the eight-hour Disney+ miniseries The Beatles: Get Back.

Read the article in Creative Review.

Design in 2022 – what will packaging design look like?

As part of our series looking at design in 2022, Studio Minerva managing and creative directors Coral Briggs and Daniela Nunzi Mihranian look at what will happen in packaging design in the next 12 months.

It goes without saying that sustainability will continue to be a key focus for the packaging industry in 2022 – it is a constant area of education that will continue to drive innovation.

Read the article in Design Week.

Starling Bank: Facebook boycott has caused ‘no noticeable decline’ in marketing performance

Starling Bank stopped advertising on Facebook and Instagram in December to “protect” its customers, and said last week it would not reverse the decision until Meta cracks down on financial fraudsters using its platforms.

Pulling paid advertising spend from Facebook and Instagram has had no significant impact on Starling Bank’s traffic, engagement or awareness levels, according to the digital bank’s brand director.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

Visa unveils new brand identity system following logo reveal

International design studio Mucho is behind the work, which aims to ready the company for a cashless future.

Global payments company Visa has revealed a new brand identity system, following the unveiling of a new wordmark last year.

Read the article in Design Week.

How Iceland’s creative approach boosted tourism

While other countries lean into their beautiful landscapes, Iceland’s unconventional approach to promoting tourism taps into the national wit and character. We uncover how and why it works.

In July 2020, as the world dealt with the seemingly unending frustration of Covid, Business Iceland invited people everywhere to scream it out.

Read the article in Creative Review.

Marketing’s ROI returns to 2005 levels, study shows

A new report by econometrics firm Magic Numbers suggests the evolution in online advertising is a driving factor behind the increase in marketing’s average return on investment.

Marketing effectiveness has been on the rise over the past five years and has now exceeded its last recorded peak in 2005, new research shows.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

Confidence takes a knock as consumers brace for cost of living squeeze

Rising inflation and energy price increases have dampened consumers’ confidence in January, but marketers are warned to “hold firm”.

While the easing of Covid restrictions has come as a welcome relief, consumers are still not feeling confident about money as fears over surging inflation, rocketing fuel bills and the prospect of interest rate rises take hold.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

M&M’s unveils identity redesign for an “inclusive” future

The updated identity for M&M’s, centring on the logo’s ampersand, also features the brand’s first custom typeface.

M&M’s has revealed a global redesign in an attempt to create a “world where everyone feels they belong”.

Read the article in Design Week.


December 2021 News Roundup

December 2021 News Roundup

Here is our round up of the news stories and industry articles that caught our eye during December.


The best marketing campaigns of 2021

Marketing Week choose 8 of their top campaigns of 2021.

Read part 1 of the article here.

Read part 2 of the article here.

December 2021 News Roundup

John Lewis launches £1m fund for projects that “rethink waste”

John Lewis Partnership has established a £1 million fund in the hope of supporting projects that could speed the shift to a circular economy.

In partnership with environmental charity Hubbub, the Circular Future Fund seeks to support a variety of projects which “rethink waste”.

“We’re hoping to unearth some of the world’s leading innovators, who have built their business models, products and services around the concept of circularity,” John Lewis Partnership director of ethics and sustainability Marija Rompani says.

Read the article in Design Week.

December 2021 News Roundup

Visit Sweden campaign reveals the tourism gems behind Ikea product names

Ikea has gifted the simplicity of Swedish design to the world, yet, as a witty new ad campaign points out, the choice of names for its products may be doing its home country something of a disservice.

Created by ad agency Forsman & Bodenfors, the Discover the Originals campaign reveals that the names of many Ikea products – which the world has long struggled to pronounce – are named after real places in Sweden. It then encourages tourists to visit these tourism spots.

Read the article in Creative Review.

Digital artist Claudia Rafael on painting with code

“I’m always into using these tools in an emancipist way, and not abusing them,” says Claudia Rafael, whose visual practice nowadays is built around technologies like AI and AR. The Berlin-based digital artist and art director cites how AI can be employed to anticipate health conditions, but recognises how the fields she is interested in have more harmful or even malicious applications.

“When we talk about medical stuff, [AI] knows two weeks before that a person might get a stroke – so artificial intelligence can save lives. This would be an emancipist way [of using the technology]. And of course, you can abuse artificial intelligence and do deepfakes and fake news and stuff like this, so this is why it’s very important to be always critical with these new tools,” she says. “But it’s also very beautiful what new possibilities are coming up in terms of filters.”

Read the article in Creative Review.

Aldi crowned this year’s most effective Christmas ad

Aldi’s Christmas campaign has been rated as the most effective festive ad of the year, pipping Coca-Cola, Lidl, and M&S to the post.

According to research by Kantar, the discount supermarket’s reimagining of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, featuring Kevin the Carrot and new character Ebanana Scrooge, is the Christmas ad most likely to deliver on long and short term measures this year.

Combining 3,600 consumer survey responses with facial recognition AI technology, the research saw Aldi rank top of 24 tested ads on four of five key measures, named the most ‘festive’, the most ‘enjoyable’, the most ‘distinctive’, and the most ‘meaningful’. The latter is a measure of how likely the ad is to build affinity or brand love.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

Tesco’s Christmas ad cleared of causing ‘widespread offence’

With more than 5,000 complaints, Tesco’s Christmas ad is the most complained about of the year, but the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled it is not “irresponsible” so will not be taking further action.

Tesco’s Christmas ad featuring Santa flashing his Covid passport at border control has been cleared of breaking any rules by the advertising watchdog, despite receiving more than 5,000 complaints.

The majority of complainants took issue with the scene in which Father Christmas proves he is vaccinated, as they believed it could be viewed as “coercive” and encourage “medical discrimination”.

Read the article in Marketing Week.


November 2021 news roundup

November 2021 News Roundup

Here is our round up of the news stories and industry articles that caught our eye during November.


Facebook rebrands to Meta as virtual worlds become ‘new North Star’

Admitting the previous brand name was too “tightly linked” to one product, CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants his business to become “metaverse first, not Facebook first” in a bid to graduate from social media to virtual worlds.

Facebook is rebranding its corporate identity to Meta in a bid to become a “social technology company” focused on developing virtual worlds, otherwise known as the metaverse.

While the holding company name will change to Meta, effective immediately, the Facebook platform, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger will retain their brand names. CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that the business will report on two different segments – one for its family of apps and one for its work on future platforms – and to aid this shift a new corporate brand was needed.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

Government launches consultation on copyright and AI legislation

The consultation is seeking evidence and views on the extent to which patents and copyright should protect inventions and creative works made by AI.

The government has today launched a consultation on how the copyright and patent system should deal with Artificial Intelligence (AI).

AI as a technology is already well-entrenched in everyday life. It is a powerful tool for scientists, entrepreneurs and artists alike, and allows for new inventions and creative work.

Read the article in Design Week.

Lidl takes Christmas into the future to prove it will always be ‘Lidl on Price’

The festive campaign sits within the supermarket’s ‘Big On’ creative framework, which aims to make Lidl as famous for quality as it is for price.

Lidl is doubling down on its promise to provide quality food at low prices this Christmas, as its 2021 campaign imagines what a Christmas of the future might look like.

Promising to be ‘Big on quality and always little on price’, the ad restarts with the same group at the Christmas table, but this time set in a future time when turkeys are carved by lasers and some family members have moved to the Moon.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

Tesco won’t let anything stop its customers from enjoying Christmas this year

The supermarket’s festive ad is inspired by research revealing the British public’s determination to have a good time this Christmas “no matter what”, following last year’s cancellation.

Launching today (13 November), the TV ad is backed by the Queen track ‘Don’t stop me now’ and follows a woman determined to celebrate Christmas with her family – no matter what obstructions hinder her progress. She is offered ‘a little help’ by a Tesco worker and overcomes all the hurdles on her route.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

Design for Planet: using storytelling to reframe the climate crisis

By shifting the focus towards storytelling, designers can reposition their own work and thereby effect change in consumers.

On day one of the Design Council’s Design for Planet festival the message was clear: humans need to resoundingly change their behaviour patterns if we want to save the fortunes of the planet – and ourselves.

Designers, several of the speakers explained, can and should be at the forefront of that behavioural change: as the developers, curators and tastemakers for huge portions of society they are uniquely positioned to do so. But to effect change in others, Finn Harries says designers need to consider their own thinking too.

Read the article in Design Week.

How brands can stand out on the digital shelf

The boom in ecommerce brought about by the pandemic means standing out on the digital shelf is a priority for brands large and small, but does the battle start offline?

The rapid growth in ecommerce over the last two years has opened up new vistas for brands as they have refocused to cater to consumer realities.

According to NielsenIQ figures from earlier this year, FMCG ecommerce sales in the UK had increased tenfold since the beginning of the pandemic. Online sales were growing 11 times faster than offline sales, a trend accelerating in virtually all European markets.

Read the article in Marketing Week.


October 2021 news roundup

October 2021 News Roundup

Here is our round up of the news stories and industry articles that caught our eye during October.


How to time your marketing effectively in the run-up to Christmas

This Christmas is set to be very different from the last, so to execute effective advertising campaigns brands must plan to peak at the right times, when consumers are most engaged with relevant content.

After a Christmas like no other in 2020, when much of the country was under lockdown, marketers need to be alert to consumer trends when planning their festive online advertising this year.

Most advertisers would once have planned their Christmas campaigns in a similar way each year. But times have changed. Consumer behaviour is still being strongly influenced by the pandemic, as well as nationwide supply shortages in numerous sectors, and advertisers must take all this into account.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

We mean green campaign

Last week a revamp, albeit a temporary one, of the British Rail double arrow logo caused a stir in the design press and on social media. CR speaks to Studio Blackburn, the team behind the update, to get an insight into the project and how they felt about the reaction

The objective was simple: grow awareness that rail is the greenest form of public transport and “demonstrate how rail is supporting the government to achieve its net-zero carbon goal, making the case for investment in decarbonising the railway”.

Read the article in Creative Review

Innovate UK is offering £14.4 million in funding for “healthy ageing” designs

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million of the fund, to support initiatives that have been co-designed with older people.

Innovate UK has launched a fund worth £14.4 million to support initiatives that encourage healthy ageing through service design.

The Designed for Ageing funding competition is part of a wider push by Innovate UK parent organisation UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), called the Healthy Ageing Challenge. The challenge has been developed to help businesses and social enterprises to create “products and services to help people as they age”, according to UKRI.

Read the article in Design Week

October 2021 news roundup

‘We’re creating a category’: Why Sky is investing in its biggest ever marketing campaign for Sky Glass

As it becomes an aggregator of competitor content, Sky’s new streaming TV is creating a whole new product category, marketing director Sunny Bhurji says.

Identified as a “game changer” for the brand, Sky has unveiled its biggest ever marketing campaign to promote its latest product innovation, Sky Glass.

Sky Glass is the brand’s first television and is being touted as the world’s first “streaming TV”. The device will stream content entirely over the internet, with no satellite dish or box, and is the first to be certified as a carbon neutral product.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

October 2021 news roundup

New show at the Design Museum celebrates the life and work of Terence Conran

The exhibition opens on what would have been the 90th birthday of the influential designer and Habitat founder, accompanied by a book written by Deyan Sudjic.

One of the most influential designer-entrepreneurs of his generation, Sir Terence Conran, who died last year, was a champion of design education and the creative industries in the UK throughout his life.

Opening to mark what would have been Conran’s 90th birthday, the Design Museum in London is celebrating the memory of its founder by looking back at his accomplishments, from early furniture designs, to influential restaurants and the establishment of Habitat.

Read the article in Creative Review.

Diageo warns ‘quality of reach’ is becoming ‘incredibly challenging’

The fact consumers are no longer “wrapped around the monoculture of television” presents a real problem for advertisers, according to Diageo’s global marketing effectiveness director Kiel Peterson, who believes personalisation backed by data will be key.

Speaking at the IPA’s Effworks Global 2021 event this morning (12 October), Diageo’s global marketing effectiveness director Kiel Peterson said the pandemic has created a conundrum for brands, as “quality of reach” is now going to be “incredibly challenging” as consumer behaviour has shifted dramatically.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

October 2021 news roundup

ROI on media spend highest when ’40-50% spent online’

Online is not “the enemy” of marketing effectiveness, says econometrician Dr Grace Kite, as analysis reveals the optimum budget split for UK brands is 55% offline, 45% online.

Advertisers outside of the awards circuit are seeing the success of their campaigns increase when media investment is divided between online and offline media, with revenue per £1 spent highest when 40-50% of the budget is spent online.

Read the article in Marketing Week.

How UEFA’s Euro 2024 identity represents the “real-life variety” of football fans

The VMLY&R design team talks us through the tournament identity and its “typeface without borders”, which was crafted with inclusivity in mind.

The identity for UEFA Euro 2024 was revealed last week at Berlin’s Olympiastadion – marking a “new era” for the tournament, according to VMLY&R creative director Hélder Pombinho.

Read the article in Design Week.

October 2021 news roundup

Mel D Cole’s powerful photos of American protest

The photographer switched his focus from the hip-hop scene to the Black Lives Matter movement last year in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Now, he’s turned his series into a book.

Mel D Cole started shooting music on a disposable camera back in 2001. The New York-based, self-taught photographer has since established himself as one of hip-hop’s most accomplished and celebrated photographers.

Read the article in Creative Review.

Almost half of marketers plan to recruit staff over the next three months

Plans to expand staffing levels have now been recorded for three successive quarters, signalling progressively stronger conviction in employment growth expectations.

After making substantial cuts to their marketing departments over the course of the pandemic, the number of marketers planning to make new hires over the next three months has once again grown, according to data gathered exclusively for Marketing Week.

In fact, almost half (47%) of respondents to the IPA Bellwether report say they plan to recruit additional staff over the next three months, compared with just under 8% anticipating job losses at their firms.

Read the article in Marketing Week.


September 2021 News Roundup

September 2021 News Roundup

Here is our round up of the news stories and industry articles that caught our eye during September.


Ritson’s top 10 quotes from marketers who aren’t ‘dead white men’

Mark Ritson says he was “torn” after giving a talk outlining his 10 greatest marketing heroes of the past 150 years. Why? Because “perhaps inevitably and certainly unfortunately” the list was dominated by dead white men.

While he didn’t want to deny these great marketers or ignore the contribution they have made to the industry, he was also conscious they didn’t accurately reflect marketing as it is today.

“I faced a bit of a quandary with my heroes talk because while the historical list was male and white, the current army of marketers is much, much more diverse,” he says.

Read the full article in Marketing Week.
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September 2021 News Roundup

New Turner Classic Movies channel brand explores differing film tastes

New York-based design studio Sibling Rivalry has developed a new visual identity for US-television channel Turner Classic Movies, which seeks to interrogate differing film tastes.

Launched in the 1990s, Turner Classic Movies is a film-oriented television network operated by WarnerMedia. It has a reputation for showing a wide variety of films, and this was the focus of the new brand.

Read the full article in Design Week.
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GDPR: How brands could benefit from ‘common-sense reforms’

The UK government’s proposals for data law reform could have positive implications for the use of cookies, clarity around legitimate interest and improving public trust in advertising.

After announcing its intentions for reform last week, the government has launched a consultation on its proposed changes to UK data regulations and privacy laws, which industry trade bodies believe could be beneficial for advertisers.

Read the full article in Marketing Week.

September 2021 News Roundup

Interabang unveils stamp collection dedicated to Batman

The 12-stamp collection features the heroes and villains of the popular comic book series, and a supplementary mini sheet depicts the Justice League.

Interabang has unveiled a 12-stamp collection for Royal Mail which is dedicated to the heroes and villains of the Batman comic book series.

Read the full article in Design Week.

September 2021 News Roundup

New campaign from charity Frontline19 highlights PTSD in frontline workers

An emotive film and print campaign aims to emphasise the long term effects that the pandemic has had on key workers, and how the public can show their support.

There have been many, many statistics thrown at the public during the pandemic. Yet while these numbers serve a useful purpose, one downside of so many stats is the risk that they become meaningless along the way.

Read the full article in Creative Review.

Inside Boots’ mission to create a ‘world class media agency’

The high street retailer is introducing an advertising offering for brands, spanning campaign planning, creative development and measurement, a move CMO Pete Markey describes as “central” to the Boots marketing strategy.

Boots says it wants to offer brands a “world class” media agency experience through the launch of its full-service advertising offer, Boots Media Group.

Read the full article in Marketing Week.

September 2021 News Roundup

Parliamentary committee calls for creative industries “freelance commissioner”

A recommendation to improve equity is one of several set out in a new report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Creative Diversity.

The government should appoint a freelance commissioner if it is serious about promoting and supporting diversity in the creative industries, according to a new report.

Read the full article in Design Week.

Is there room for ethics in design?

The devil on the ad industry’s shoulder might still say that fast fashion and oil companies aren’t so bad, but some design studios are taking an ethical stand. But can ‘good’ clients and big business can ever live in harmony?

In 2008, when Tom Tapper co-founded his agency Nice and Serious, he and his partner Ben Meaker had a simple method for judging which clients were OK to work with – they’d simply ask themselves if they’d be embarrassed telling their friends about it in the pub.

Read the full article in Creative Review.

B&Q’s latest ad uses stop motion storytelling to show the benefits of DIY

The ad is the latest work from Uncommon for B&Q’s Build A Life campaign yet strikes a different tone to previous work in the series, which has featured bold posters and an ad showing footage of real people doing DIY on their homes. Titled Later Means Never, this spot, by contrast, takes more of a storytelling approach.

Read the full article and watch the ad in Creative Review.

Consumer confidence dips as ‘cost-of-living crisis’ looms

Consumer confidence has dropped due to concerns about rising tax, food and fuel prices, while the end of the furlough scheme means consumers are “slamming on the breaks” in anticipation of economic hardships.

Read the full article in Marketing Week.


August 2021 News Roundup

Here is our round up of the news stories and industry articles that caught our eye during August.


Oatly, Arsenal, Christmas ads: Everything that matters this morning

Marketing Week start every week with some interesting bite sized news stories. What caught our eye in this one is Arsenal launching a rewards scheme. As football fans and Aston Villa season ticket holders we were amazed they didn’t have one already.

Oh yeah, and the ‘C’ word at the beginning of August….

Read the full article in Marketing Week.

Pentagram redesigns Sight and Sound film magazine “for our times”

‘Pentagram partner Marina Willer has redesigned Sight and Sound in an attempt to combine the magazine’s heritage with a digital outlook.

The new look is accompanied by a reworking of the title’s editorial content, such as a special archive section which explores features from the magazine’s 90-year history.

Sight and Sound was established in 1932 and is one of the UK’s oldest film publications. It is published by the British Film Institute (BFI).’

Read the full article in Design Week.

Streaming, programmatic, misinformation: 5 interesting stats to start your week

We found the stats around TV and streaming consumption really interesting:

‘Covid-19 restrictions brought about a surge in TV and streaming consumption, rising by 47 minutes to 5 hours 40 minutes per person per day in 2020, an increase of 16%.

The Media Nations Report by Ofcom finds viewership of subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video almost doubled in 2020, to an estimated 1 hour 5 minutes per person per day.’

Check out the full piece in Marketing Week.

BrewDog’s new marketing boss launches first campaign following ‘Punks with Purpose’ scandal

‘BrewDog has unveiled a campaign to showcase its inclusivity and sustainability credentials as it looks to move on from the accusations of its “toxic” work culture

The ‘Beer For All’ campaign launched on 7 August with a TV advert taking centre stage. It shows people from all walks of life, with a voiceover suggesting “meat-eaters”, “tall people”, “fake listeners”, “shoplifters”, and even the “guy who almost certainly owns a snake” all drink BrewDog.’

Read the full article in Marketing Week.

The Trouble with Packaging

‘To the casual observer, plastic packaging is no less of a problem now than it was a decade ago – despite years of grim warnings about landfill sites, climate change and ocean pollution. A huge number of our everyday products still come in plastic containers, many of them single use and produced using virgin plastic.

Each year, the Break Free From Plastic movement martials an army of volunteers across the world to collect and document hundreds of thousands of pieces of plastic waste, and create a tally of which brands are contributing the most to the problem. In 2020, the report featured a stable of household names including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle, Unilever and Mondelez, to name the leading five.’

Interesting article in Creative Review.

How much is the Reebok brand worth after being offloaded by Adidas?

‘After 15 years under Adidas ownership, the sportswear giant is close to selling off the Reebok brand – but at a loss. While Adidas has followed Nike on an upward trajectory over the past decade and a half, Reebok has struggled to match their growth momentum.

Adidas bought the brand in 2006 for €3.1bn (£2.6bn) as part of its effort to take on Nike, but now looks likely to sell the brand for €2.1bn (£1.8bn) to Authentic Brands Group early next year.’

Read the full article in Marketing Week.

Turner Duckworth “thoughtfully contemporises” Campbell’s Soup

‘Turner Duckworth has redesigned Campbell’s Soup for the first time in 50 years, with the aim of endearing the brand to new audiences.

Founded in 1869 by Joseph A. Campbell, Campbell’s Soup has been a mainstay in kitchen cupboards for more than 150 years. It has also been an unexpected feature for popular culture, rising to fame as a muse for artist Andy Warhol.’

This is a super article in Design Week.


July 2021 News Roundup

July 2021 News Roundup

HERE IS OUR ROUND UP OF THE NEWS STORIES AND INDUSTRY ARTICLES THAT CAUGHT OUR EYE IN JULY.


Marketer CEOs beat finance CEOs on overall reputation, study finds

‘ CEOs with a marketing background have a better overall reputation than business leaders from nearly all other areas, including those with a background in finance, engineering and economics, according to new research.

Marketing CEOs have an overall reputation score of 8.32, according to the data from Brand Finance as part of its Top 100 Brand Guardians Index. This puts marketer CEOs ahead of those with a background in finance (8.21), engineering (8.19), computer science (7.89) and economics (7.80).’

Read the full article on the Marketing Week website.

UK’s top marketers back stricter regulations to prevent ‘bad apples’ from ‘souring’ consumer trust

‘Just a quarter (26%) of the UK’s top 50 marketing leaders believe current regulations are fit for purpose, while half support further marketing restrictions on high fat, salt and sugar foods, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

The majority say they would back rules similar to those for cigarettes to restrict the marketing of potentially harmful goods and services. Since 2002, companies have been completely banned from promoting tobacco products to consumers across any media.’

Read the full article on the Marketing Week website.

Channel 4 privatisation could damage the UK’s “entire creative sector”

This petition had 111k signatures when we posted this blog

A petition has launched to protect Channel 4’s creative network, following culture secretary Oliver Dowden’s announcement that the government is once again considering the channel’s privatisation.

Established in 1982, the television network is a public corporation of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), though it is mostly commercially self-funded.’

Read the full article in Design Week.

BrewDog and other hard seltzer brands under fire for making ‘misleading’ health claims

‘ Hard seltzer brands BrewDog, DRTY and Whisp have all had adverts banned by the Advertising Standards Authority for making “misleading” and “irresponsible” health claims.

A raft of brands, including Heineken, Bud Light and Coca-Cola have recently launched hard seltzer products, which tend to be positioned as a healthier, more natural alternative to other ready-to-drink options.’

Read the full article on the Marketing Week website.

Customer experience, trust, savings: 5 interesting stats to start your week

At the start of every week Marketing Week publish 5 interesting stats – it’s well worth a look every Monday. The stat that caught our eye in particular is that nearly half of marketers admit their customer experience is below par.

‘ Just under half (48%) of CMOs in the UK, France and Germany believe the customer experience their brand offers is not up to the standard consumers expect.

That’s despite 79% appreciating the value of delivering a solid customer experience, and 75% agreeing that customers expect a highly relevant, personalised and integrated messaging and experiences. ’

Find out more about this and other interesting stats on the Marketing Week website.

Design is helping new age chewing gum stand out from its plastic predecessors

‘ For several centuries, the human species’ gum chewing habit was harmless. Gum of the past was made from chicle, a kind of sap collected from several species of Mesoamerican trees.

Today however, most gum is made with plastic and chemicals like polyethylene, which is found in plastic bags and bottles. Unsurprisingly, the microplastics that are broken down from modern chewing gum can have a significant impact on both chewers and the environment.’

This interesting article can be found on the Design Week website

July 2021 News Roundup

Studio Output’s “provocative” identity for the Alfred Landecker Foundation

Studio Output has created the new branding for democracy action and research group the Alfred Landecker Foundation (ALF) which aims to “provoke action”.

The London-based design studio has created the new visual identity and website for the organisation, including a monogram logo and a series of pictograms.

Read the full article in Design Week.

Revealed: Marketing Week Masters 2021 Brand of the Year shortlist

Asos, Camelot, Channel 4, KFC and Tesco have been shortlisted for the Marketing Week Masters Brand of the Year award for 2021.

These five brands were chosen from a long list put together by the Marketing Week editorial team, which was assessed by our jury of senior marketers. Brands were selected based on performance, agility, marketing strategy and innovation over the past year.

Find out more on the Marketing Week website.