Collins unveils a kaleidoscopic new brand for OpenWeb

Collins unveils a kaleidoscopic new brand for OpenWeb

OpenWeb’s mission is to build an ‘open, healthier web’ by providing publishers with a framework for productive – and moderated – commenting and conversation. Or, as Collins describe it, to “de-troll digital discourse”. The platform, which launched in 2012 and was previously known as Spot.IM, is used by the likes of Hearst, News Corp and […]



Reckoning with Eric Gill’s legacy

Reckoning with Eric Gill’s legacy

Eric Gill’s statue outside the BBC in 2019. Image: Shutterstock/Willy Barton It’s no secret that monuments and statues have become increasingly contentious in this country. Yet in mid-January, a man was filmed defacing a sculpture outside the BBC’s London headquarters not because of its subject, but because of who had created it. The Ariel and […]



Inside ES Journal’s retro-inspired redesign

Inside ES Journal’s retro-inspired redesign

ES Magazine first burst onto the streets of London in 1987 with a striking cover featuring an illustration of the Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus, and a promise to “bring an added dimension to living in our great city”. Over the last 35 years, the Evening Standard newspaper’s magazine offshoot has gone from a monthly […]



Why Are Characters Vital in a Story? four Methods Important Characters Make Contributions

Why Are Characters Vital in a Story? four Methods Important Characters Make Contributions

As a writer, you know that a story can’t exist without characters. But have you ever wondered: “Why are characters important in a story?” Perhaps you’ve questioned an even tougher problem: “When is a character important enough to keep in a story, and when does the narrative work better without them?” Pin In order for […]



6 Steps to Create Messages That Matter

6 Steps to Create Messages That Matter

In advertising and communications, effective frequency is the number of times a person must be exposed to a message before a response is made. Theories have ranged from three to twenty times, leading to countless spirited discussions amongst academics and practitioners alike looking to identify the magic number. Whatever the answer, and it varies by […]



On’s new advert tells Olympian Akwasi Frimpong’s outstanding story

On’s new advert tells Olympian Akwasi Frimpong’s outstanding story

Created for Swiss sportswear brand On, the short film, directed by Richard Bullock, puts an emphasis on Frimpong’s position as a role model for younger generations but also the immense challenges he has overcome during his career, which is littered with extreme highs and lows. The ten-minute-long film takes viewers through Frimpong’s journey to the […]



NB Studio’s rebrand places Mindshare “on the centre of the infinite dialog”

NB Studio’s rebrand places Mindshare “on the centre of the infinite dialog”

The media agency’s updated identity dials down the purple palette in favour of multicoloured, ‘elastic’ new branding According to NB Studio founder and creative director Nick Finney, the Mindshare rebrand is designed to be “in tune with the places where people actually live their lives – inside platform ecosystems”. “That’s where you’ll find all of […]



Celebrating the design genius of Barney Bubbles

Celebrating the design genius of Barney Bubbles

Barney Bubbles is a designer who manages to straddle two camps: he’s truly a ‘designers’ designer’, but also one whose work is celebrated by those outside of that, well, bubble. Best known for his work with record label Stiff, his distinctive imagery demonstrates both a rigorous understanding of design’s technicalities in its lines, layouts, grids […]



Alex Prager’s rigorously managed pictures visualise two uncontrollable years

Alex Prager’s rigorously managed pictures visualise two uncontrollable years

High Noon, 2021. All images by Alex Prager, courtesy Alex Prager Studio and Lehmann Maupin Photographer and director Alex Prager is best known for her choreographed, noir-ish images of crowds, where the buzz is frozen and not a hair is left out of place. In her new exhibition at Lehmann Maupin in London, the influence […]



Weekly Spherical-Up: 10 Worker Engagement Concepts, 5 Inside Comms Traits, three Steps to Rebuild Belief, D&I Initiatives That Work, Ask Inquiries to Have interaction Staff

Weekly Spherical-Up: 10 Worker Engagement Concepts, 5 Inside Comms Traits, three Steps to Rebuild Belief, D&I Initiatives That Work, Ask Inquiries to Have interaction Staff

Welcome to my round-up of the best-of-the-best recent leadership and communication blog posts.  This Round-Up of Leadership and Communication Blogs: 10 Failproof Employee Engagement IdeasBy Roxi Bahar Hewertson via SHRM (@SHRM)Employee engagement should be top of mind for every leader and communicator. Try these 10 ideas. “No matter your specific business, if your employees aren’t […]