In the world of signage, it is men who hail cabs, check in at airports and slide on slippery floors, while women only ever go to the toilet. Isn’t it time we made things less gender-specific?
A strong visual system can bring the capital’s 32 different administrative areas together, and help to celebrate what sets them apart, says (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea-based) design consultancy Two Times Elliott
As part of Clerkenwell Design Week 2014, Icon asked six local architects – Alma-nac, Ben Adams Architects, Buckley Gray Yeoman, Farrells, Hawkins Brown – to redesign the east London eyesore. Here, are the results. Send us your efforts and we will feature the best
Swedish studio Lundgren+Lindqvist’s emblem is firmly rooted in the HBTQ community’s history but can be used in virtually any situation – it even works as a punctuation mark
Could a confident and witty rebrand help to remind the sourdough-obsessed classes of the value of cheap groceries?
Maddison Graphic refurbishes a venerable institution with a typeface built from architectural elements.
Studio Small has updated Frank Hornby’s beloved toy for the digital age, so that you can create your own designs at the touch of a button.
IWANT design takes a look at the single most important piece of paper in your life. This rethink aims to make the birth certificate worth treasuring: a multi-format document that records your first moments forever.
As payment becomes more convenient, coins seem increasingly cumbersome, so some streamlining is necessary if we are to continue using them. Here is Studio Thomson’s set of coins for the digital age.
Funerals have never had the greatest of images, but that is no reason for them to be organised in drab offices on the outskirts of town, says Studio Makgill.
Manchester studio MayNinth decided to test its mettle by declaring war on the image of one of its least favourite institutions
An American road trip can be thwarted at the first turn-off by the confusing array of shields and arrows used to guide drivers through the highway network. Manual Creative decides to take things in a new direction.
It seems this simple design tool is a little too simple for some. Magpie Studio proposes another dimension.
A bad DIY experience prompted the designers at Founded to redesign the humble paint can as a container that saves space, time and effort, as well as being easy on the eye.
The designers at Toormix are big fans of their local tipple, but worry that it suffers from a lack of coherent branding. Here’s their solution.
Mind Design has achieved the impossible -– it has devised a way to make those slow, excruciating minutes you spend sitting in front of Apple’s “spinning wheel of doom” into a delightful moment of inspiration. No excuse for a tea break, then …
The dingy packages, parcels and envelopes of the Royal Mail get a makeover, to make the experience of visiting a post office almost as exciting as receiving a letter – even if the actual post office remains the same.
Unless you’re the proud owner of “BIG DAV 1”, the code on the front of your car doesn’t tell the world much about you or your vehicle. Paris-based studio Artworklove has a plan to change that.
London studio A Practice for Everyday Life steals candy (or at least its packaging) from babies and reclaims it as a sophisticated snack for adults.