Technology is bringing us ever closer to Mars, but its popular image has barely changed over the past 100 years. As Donald Trump orders Nasa to speed up its efforts to send astronauts to the red planet, Düsseldorf studio Kitto Katsu takes aim at the little green men
The UK’s journey into the unknown needs a more upbeat identity. And almost certainly some warm socks. Hamburg-based studio Karl Anders helps out its estranged neighbours
The way that summer is branded is all wrong, over-stimulating us with exotic notions like sunshine and barbecues. Bob Design tells it like it is ...
The furniture giant’s products are usually clever and design-focused, so why is its name still trapped in an outdated yellow lozenge? It’s time to take a modular approach, says Daniel Freytag
The problem with living outside the law is the inherent lack of security. If crime can contribute to a nation’s GDP, isn’t it time that society gave a bit back, asks Hort?
Giving has become too complicated. With so many good causes fighting for our attention, donors too could do with a helping hand, says Neue Design Studio
With its vibrant culture and tumultuous, divided history, the German capital has many identities. Can they be unified in a single logo? Studio Regular gives it a go
As Ireland votes in favour of legalising gay marriage, we revisit Lundgren + Lindqvist’s redesign last year of the symbols and flag of the international LGBT movement. The emblem is firmly rooted in the community's history but can be used in virtually any situation – it even works as a punctuation mark
Few things make a New Yorker's blood boil more than a ticket on the windshield. Is it time for parking rules to be displayed in a calmer, clearer, perhaps even more charming manner?
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.