Design Plus

  • DESIGN PLUS:
    ROCKING WITH BAUHAUS

    DESIGN PLUS:
    ROCKING WITH BAUHAUS

    07 November 2018

    Centenary celebrations for the revered German art and design school have already begun. Here’s a personal take on its influence, inspired by an Adobe project.

  • DESIGN PLUS: THE STORY OF THE PINK RIBBON

    DESIGN PLUS: THE STORY OF THE PINK RIBBON

    15 October 2018

    During "pink October" the breast cancer awareness ribbon is ubiquitous. But what's the history of design, and what role does a certain beauty brand have in its evolution? Our article goes behind the scenes of an iconic symbol.

  • DESIGN PLUS:
    AN AGENCY CALLED CURIUS

    DESIGN PLUS:
    AN AGENCY CALLED CURIUS

    02 October 2018

    No, that's not a spelling error. Curius is a French branding design agency driven by curiosity. We chat with its founder, Pascal Viguier.

  • DESIGN PLUS:
    EMOTIONAL LONDON

    DESIGN PLUS:
    EMOTIONAL LONDON

    05 September 2018

    The British have a reputation for concealing their true emotions - usually with humour - but the theme of the second London Design Biennale is "Emotional States". Here's a quick look at the award-winning installations.

  • DESIGN PLUS: BOHEMIA VS. IKEA

    DESIGN PLUS: BOHEMIA VS. IKEA

    09 August 2018

    From late style guru Christopher Gibbs to a reissued collection of Ikea furniture, design news is currently infused with nostalgia for the Swinging Sixties.

  • DESIGN PLUS:
    FRAGRANCE CENTRAL

    DESIGN PLUS:
    FRAGRANCE CENTRAL

    02 July 2018

    French luxury house Louis Vuitton has produced its first men’s fragrances. Vuitton may be located in Paris, but the soul of these scents lies in the south.

  • DESIGN PLUS: THE ENDURING BRILLIANCE OF NEON

    DESIGN PLUS: THE ENDURING BRILLIANCE OF NEON

    30 May 2018

    The inventor of neon died 60 years ago this month. But his legacy lives on as a new generation warms to the glowing signs. We delve into the world of neo-neon.

  • DESIGN PLUS: IN SEARCH OF STYLISH AIRPORTS

    DESIGN PLUS: IN SEARCH OF STYLISH AIRPORTS

    30 April 2018

    As Heathrow Airport auctions off the entire contents of Terminal 1, we take a look at airport design and feel nostalgic for the jet age.

  • DESIGN PLUS:
    THE ART OF THE MOVIE SET

    DESIGN PLUS:
    THE ART OF THE MOVIE SET

    26 March 2018

    An exhibition of Wes Anderson movie sets in London provokes thoughts on the role of production design in cinema. 

  • DESIGN PLUS: RISE OF THE BOOKSTAGRAMMERS

    DESIGN PLUS: RISE OF THE BOOKSTAGRAMMERS

    21 February 2018

    Print books are not dead. In fact, they've found a new home and inspired an entire subculture on Instagram. Meet the "bookstagrammers" and find out how they're influencing the publishing industry.

  • DESIGN PLUS:
    MUJI INVITES YOU TO STAY

    DESIGN PLUS:
    MUJI INVITES YOU TO STAY

    29 January 2018

    Japanese brand Muji is the latest in the list of retailers who've translated their "lifestyle" into a hotel. So why should you choose it when you next visit Shenzen?

  • DESIGN PLUS: HOW WALLPAPER* BEATS THE CROWD

    DESIGN PLUS: HOW WALLPAPER* BEATS THE CROWD

    04 October 2017

    While other magazines struggle, Wallpaper* is in fine fettle, celebrating its 21st birthday with double digit advertising growth, higher quality paper stock and its biggest issue ever. So what are the secrets of its success? Read on to find out.

  • DESIGN PLUS: PRODUCTMAN (FRANCE)

    DESIGN PLUS: PRODUCTMAN (FRANCE)

    16 August 2017

    After Buzzman, the ground-breaking French agency, comes its spin-off unit Productman. Why has the agency turned its attention to design? We chat to vice-president Thomas Granger.

  • DESIGN PLUS:
    THE FUTURE VOYAGERS

    DESIGN PLUS:
    THE FUTURE VOYAGERS

    15 May 2017

    Travelling should be about new people and places rather than stress and hassle. With this in mind, Buenos Aires start-up Bluesmart is creating "smart luggage". These connected cases can make at least part of your journey less painful.

  • DESIGN PLUS: VINCENT LAMMERS, ANIMATION AMBASSADOR

    DESIGN PLUS: VINCENT LAMMERS, ANIMATION AMBASSADOR

    28 March 2017

    "My job is basically about zooming in and zooming out." This month's design column features Vincent Lammers, head of design and animation at Ambassadors in Amsterdam. He shares some career highlights and talks us through the creative process from brief to polished project.

  • CREATIVITY AND CRISIS:
    AN ADFORMATIE/EPICA
    ROUND TABLE

    CREATIVITY AND CRISIS:
    AN ADFORMATIE/EPICA
    ROUND TABLE

    14 February 2017

    What role can advertising play when the world is falling apart? Shortly after Donald Trump’s election – and in the midst of judging for the Epica awards – NILS ADRIAANS of Dutch magazine Adformatie talked to three advertising journalists, an advertising strategist and an advertising thinker to find out. 

  • DESIGN PLUS:
    CLAIRE BRIDGES AND THE ELEMENTS OF CREATIVITY

    DESIGN PLUS:
    CLAIRE BRIDGES AND THE ELEMENTS OF CREATIVITY

    14 February 2017

    Claire Bridges is the author of In Your Creative Element, a book that delivers "a formula for creative success in business". Here Claire shares some of her secrets for unlocking creativity.

  • DESIGN PLUS:
    JONES & BONE

    DESIGN PLUS:
    JONES & BONE

    30 January 2017

    Blending design, branding and social strategy, small but nimble new outfit Jones & Bone is the perfect example of a 21st century agency. Read on to find out why the London-based duo prefer the term "creative boutique".

  • DESIGN PLUS:
    DISCOVER SIX THINGS

    DESIGN PLUS:
    DISCOVER SIX THINGS

    20 December 2016

    Six Things is a young design and branding agency with its roots in the digital world and an instinctive understanding of the millennial mindset.

  • DESIGN PLUS:
    ILLUSTRATING SAFETY

    DESIGN PLUS:
    ILLUSTRATING SAFETY

    09 November 2016

    If you can’t find a safety card in the seat pocket in front of you, it may be because a collector has already snapped it up. Inspired by the Paris metro’s mock airline safety card campaign, we examine an aviation sub-culture.

  • DESIGN PLUS: TRISTAN MACHEREL
    LANDOR PARIS

    DESIGN PLUS: TRISTAN MACHEREL
    LANDOR PARIS

    24 October 2016

    This month's Design Plus is a profile of Tristan Macherel, executive creative director of Landor Paris. He talks about Landor's extraordinary history, his own career journey, and the relationship between creativity and strategy.

  • DESIGN PLUS:
    CREATIVE SUBURBIA

    DESIGN PLUS:
    CREATIVE SUBURBIA

    22 September 2016

    French agency BETC's move to an iconic building in the suburbs of Paris may reflect a shift in the city's creative landscape. And it could even indicate a global trend. Read this month's design column to find out why urban innovators are moving out of town.

  • DESIGN PLUS: SPACE TOURISM

    DESIGN PLUS: SPACE TOURISM

    05 September 2016

    A series of retro-futuristic posters created by NASA inspired us to take a look at the wild world of space tourism. Click here to blast off.

  • DESIGN PLUS:
    WRITE FIRST, DRINK LATER

    DESIGN PLUS:
    WRITE FIRST, DRINK LATER

    29 July 2016

    Two new venues in Paris and Milan combine branding with luxuriating. Find out how Moleskine and Johnnie Walker are encouraging customers to sit down and spend some quality time with them.

  • DESIGN PLUS: MAGAZINES WITH GALLERY SPACES

    DESIGN PLUS: MAGAZINES WITH GALLERY SPACES

    30 June 2016

    Creative magazines have begun expanding beyond print and opening exhibition spaces. Click here to read about Kinfolk's new Copenhagen gallery and other publications with a public presence in the world.

  • DESIGN PLUS: HANDKERCHIEF MAGAZINE SCORES EUROPEAN DESIGN AWARD

    DESIGN PLUS: HANDKERCHIEF MAGAZINE SCORES EUROPEAN DESIGN AWARD

    31 May 2016

    The Italian anti-homophobia magazine Handkerchief won a top prize at the European Design Awards in Vienna, while Swiss agency Raffinerie was Agency of the Year. Read on for more details.

  • DESIGN PLUS: HIGH FLYERS AND CULTURE VULTURES

    DESIGN PLUS: HIGH FLYERS AND CULTURE VULTURES

    10 May 2016

    It's all about the logo: our regular column takes a look at rebranding efforts on each side of the Atlantic, for Paris Airports and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Which was the most successful? Click here to find out.

  • DESIGN PLUS: HOW TO REDESIGN A MAGAZINE

    DESIGN PLUS: HOW TO REDESIGN A MAGAZINE

    24 March 2016

    Being based in Paris, we couldn't help but notice the redesign of iconic French news magazine L'Express. And when we discovered that the art director behind the new look was London-based Mark Porter, an interview seemed obligatory. Click here to find out how to give a magazine a makeover.

  • DESIGN PLUS: THE EURO CODE

    DESIGN PLUS: THE EURO CODE

    29 February 2016

    With the "Brexit" poll looming and the European flag fraying at the edges, we set out to find out who designed the logo of Europe. Our investigations unearthed controversy – and perhaps even a conspiracy. 

     

  • DESIGN PLUS: CREATIVE SPACES

    DESIGN PLUS: CREATIVE SPACES

    28 January 2016

    In a new series of articles, Epica highlights creativity in the design field. This inaugural piece looks at the impact of the working environment on creative talents. Its author, Mark Tungate, finds that easing collaboration is the aim of many new agency office designs.

    Image: Cloud Nine, Sweden

     

  • HOW TO MAKE HUMOUR TRAVEL

    HOW TO MAKE HUMOUR TRAVEL

    29 September 2015

    So you want to win Epica's new Humour category. But can humour cross borders? How can you be sure that your ad will make an international audience - or jury - laugh rather than remain blank? Here's a brief and unscientific guide to comedic effectiveness.

  • VIRTUAL REALITY AND US

    VIRTUAL REALITY AND US

    23 September 2015

    Epica is the first major global creative awards to launch a specific virtual reality category. In this article, Epica's editorial director Mark Tungate explains why - and presents some of the latest VR work. Click here to read on.