Last week a contact of ours kindly passed on our details to a major London brewery who were looking for some new designs to be developed for their range of next season’s ales. Ideally we heard, they were looking for a new, small, dynamic and local agency to help them.
The UK digital and design agencies are gradually recovering from the economic turmoil of the recent years as the staff gets pay rises and financial bonuses. Fewer employees have voiced their intention to change job (53.7% vs. 59% in 2012), which also signals that the climate within the industry shows signs of improvement.
LVMH is launching the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize, an international competition to discover and support the designers of tomorrow. The global luxury group will be offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young professionals in design—the winners will get guidance from fashion gurus and money to realize their full potential.
Pursuing an architectural degree, he realised he didn’t have enough patience to master that complicated discipline, so he quit it and turned to a related field—graphic design. Later in 2003, he founded his own design agency The Plant, jumped into the food business, and launched the Feast food festival in 2012. Recently he has celebrated the release of the first issue of his agency’s own printed media—the fanzine Tomorrow’s Chip Paper, based on ‘true food stories.’ All this is about Matt Utber, an Australian expat in the U.K., the founder of the boutique-sized design business, an art lover and food connoisseur.
More than a half (59% —against 58.3% in 2011) of the UK design and digital agency staff intend to change their job in 2013, and overall, feel less confident and more disappointed. Continuing the trend of the previous year’s gloomy findings, the annual report by Fairley & Associates, Gabriele Skelton and On Pointe Marketing again proves that the future of small firms in the UK, and the design industry on the whole, looks dim.
The Design Business Association, the UK organization that measures and rates the effectiveness of design in a range of categories by using commercial data to evaluate the success, announced the winners of its annual Design Effectiveness Awards, which included projects by leading design agencies. The ceremony, which was held in London on February 16, brought together 450 industry leaders, who received 62 gold, silver and bronze trophies, awarded by the association this year in 12 categories.