Penguin reveals winners of its Student Design Award 2018

The publisher’s annual awards saw 2,100 design students submit book cover interpretations for Animal Farm, A Brief History of Time and Noughts & Crosses — a judging panel has whittled this down to three winners.

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Sara Jones: Push creativity at school, or we’ll all lose our jobs to robots

Despite the Government’s focus on science, creative jobs are far less likely to be automated in the future – so why is the arts faculty being neglected in schools? asks Free the Birds’ partner, Sara Jones.

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Designing the TV graphics and animations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Production company Noah Media Group is behind the opening titles, animations and on-screen graphics for this year’s World Cup – we speak to art director Kim Teddy about how traditional Russian art and motifs inspired the designs.

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Edinburgh International Book Festival campaign highlights the precarity of freedom

Glasgow-based studio Tangent has created the campaign imagery for this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Could a cleverly-calculated algorithm predict the World Cup winner?

The WC2018 predictor lives as a website and Instagram feed, displaying a number up to 100 for each country that indicates how well it’s likely to perform in the tournament.

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Typographic posters for each team playing in the World Cup

London-based consultancy LoveGunn has created a series of type-based posters inspired by 20th century Russian Futurism and Constructivism for this year’s World Cup.

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Craig Oldham “gets back to what Rough Trade is all about” with new book publisher

Craig Oldham is behind the designs for a new publishing venture from record label and indie record shop group Rough Trade, creating pamphlet-like designs that deliberately fly in the face of traditional publishing conventions.

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Trustpilot rebrands to appear “confident and understated”

The website, which was founded in 2007, features reviews of over 220,000 online businesses, and has a new identity designed by Venturethree centred around a green star symbol.

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AKQA, Map and Universal Design Studio join forces to “collaborate”

AKQA has acquired Barber & Osgerby-owned Universal Design Studio and Map, in a move that will see all three teams work on projects collectively, bringing together architecture, product design and digital.

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FranklinTill’s new “versatile” block logo that changes colour

Studio Commission has rebranded design research group FranklinTill with a simple, rectangular logo that is filled with various colour combinations, depending on where and how it is applied.

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