Once, identity systems were fixed, consistent and rigidly policed. So-called ‘flexible’ identities have changed all that, as Michael Johnson documents here. But, he asks, have they too now reached the end of the line?
‘Action’ on this, ‘beating’ that: in their naming and branding, charities are becoming much clearer about what they do and why. Michael Johnson of johnson banks charts the development of this new, ‘active’ approach in the sector
I recently watched a video clip of the Oasis guitarist, Noel Gallagher, talking about “his favourite world cup moments”, writes Michael Johnson. Somewhat surprisingly, his first thoughts about the 1978 tournament were about the logo
This week is an important one for the future of graphic design in the UK, writes Michael Johnson, as the RCA interviews candidates to run its Communication Art and Design course. But with CA&D a decade old, has Art proved too much of a distraction from Design?
Media artist Refik Anadol has displayed his mammoth AI-generated pieces on some of the world’s most famous buildings and has work in MoMA New York’s permanent collection. He talks to us about his latest exhibition in London and navigating the endless debates about his work
In a move towards sustainability, Sprite recently announced it would remove labels from its bottles in a UK trial. CR speaks to a handful of experts about the risk to brand recognition, and whether these initiatives actually make a difference or whether it’s just a good bit of PR
In the year ahead, we’ll be seeing more typefaces born out of looking back, according to Monotype’s 2024 Type Trends Report. We speak to two of the report’s contributors about how designers are reflecting present anxieties and pining for the past via typography
Clichés around what different classes might eat or drink do nothing to solve the very real issue of social mobility in the ad industry, says Dan Cullen-Shute, CEO at Creature London. In fact they just make it worse
Unpredictable times can create a desire for control and order, but this results in blandness when it comes to design and advertising, says Wolff Olins’ Wayne Deakin. Instead we need to engage with the chaos
The Advertising Standards Authority has received criticism after banning a cancer charity advert and a Calvin Klein poster ad starring FKA twigs. Despite all the claims of body positivity and female empowerment in recent years, is the ad industry more prudish than it lets on?
With faux OOH campaigns taking over last year, we speak to video artist Ian Padgham (aka Origiful) and TBWA\Belgium’s Henri Wuyts to understand why we’re happy to be duped and what the future of faux ads looks like