May 25, 2007

I’ve been in Dublin for the last couple of days monitoring the installation of our wayfinding scheme at Beacon South Quarter. At the heart of the site there’s a really remarkable building called Imaginosity emerging from the surrounding dust and scaffolding. It’s called Imaginosity! Children’s Creative Space. The interior and interactive displays are being designed by Jack Rouse Associates from Cincinnati who are working on innovative projects around the world from Dubai to China. We’ve designed a sculptural feature sign to be sited within a water feature at the building’s entrance.




A little design classic

May 19, 2007

I recently managed to get hold of a copy of the Pet Shop Boys album ‘Very’.

The album, released in 1993, was produced with a limited edition case designed by Pentagram – a very nice piece of packaging and one I have been trying to get hold of for ages.

During their career, the Pet Shop Boys have collaborated with some of the leading lights from the visual and performing arts including artists, designers and architects such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Martin Parr, Sam Taylor-Wood, Pentagram, Visionaire and Zaha Hadid; film directors and photographers such as Derek Jarman, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Bruce Weber; and theatre directors and designers such as David Alde and David Fielding. JF


Employee engagement

May 13, 2007

We work on a diverse range of corporate communication projects including a number of employee engagement campaigns. It’s always interesting to see what other people are up to and I came across BP’s employee awards scheme, the Helios Awards. This is a global programme all tied in to the company’s brand values – pretty impressive. You can find out more here. John


The great space

May 11, 2007


Nominated ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year’ in the Mersey Partnership Annual Tourism Awards 2007, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is a building and community which never fails to inspire and enthral me on many different levels.

Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s 20th Century architectural masterpiece is a rarity amongst English cathedral churches in that its development, right from its 1904 beginnings, was documented photographically and so thoroughly – an absorbing record of which is contained in Peter Kennerley’s excellent publication The building of Liverpool Cathedral [ISBN 0 948789 72 7].

This is a modern, living and evolving cathedral, with awesome lofty spaces yet great warmth, which deserves to be visited during the City’s 2007 and 2008 celebrations.


Trolley Art

May 11, 2007

Following the success of Hubcap Creatures Ptolemy Elrington has been commissioned by Anglia Water to produce sculptures of river wildlife out of shopping trolleys.


Following Tol’s appearance on Blue Peter he created Mabel out of recycled hubcaps. She now lives in the Blue Peter garden.


What a difference a day makes!

May 11, 2007

Here’s the branding on the Labour Party website on the day Tony Blair announced he will resign as Prime Minister on the 27 June.


Here is the branding one day later….


Old Labour. Old Britain. Things can only get better?

Beacon South Quarter Project

May 10, 2007

Today Tim and I visited Wood & Wood Sign Makers in Exeter to check on the progress of one of our most exciting wayfinding projects to date – Beacon South Quarter, Dublin. It’s great to see our work turned into products and to see everyone’s design efforts realised. Here are just a few shots of the sign components in production. JF


Above: The fingerpost tops in the paint drying area.


Above: Rows and rows of slat panels.


Above: Individual fingers stacked for despatch.


Above: The distinctive ‘Beacon’ green tops.