Moves and changes – the latest news from the design industry


Moves, changes and appointments that occur in the design industry.


Design studio Ninety-one (based in UK and France) promoted Sophie Azaïs to the creative director. She will lead the board alongside Sam Hextall; the studio’s previous work includes branding for Portuguese restaurant Bar Douro and women’s lifestyle brand Women in Mind.

Manchester based digital design consultant Anything hired Leand Falcon, because it seeks to expand its clientele. Falcon previously worked at Kellogg’s and has experience in strategy and brand identity.



Designate Marc Epton established Adjustable wrench design, a studio that aims to help grassroots groups for peace, environment and social justice. The new venture takes its name from Edward Abbey’s novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, which tells the story of four misfits who want to save America’s wilderness from destruction. “This uses design, not to sell people more shit, but to help those who are destroying the system that is killing us,” Epton says. He is part of Epton’s parent studio, Advocate.

Brand strategists James groves and Stephen lloyd have created a strategic insight platform Substance, which seeks to help clients “build organizations with purpose” through a series of workshops. Prior to launch, Substance beta-tested its services with London-based design studios Accept & Proceed and Commission.

German emobility society Quantron SA established plans to become an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) by collaborating with the Italian automotive designer Fabio Filippini and Spanish design consultancy Mormedi (which recently partnered with HyperloopTT on a stand-alone freight network). By 2025, Quantron AG hopes to launch a bus design, a light truck and a heavy truck.

Dutch media group Candid acquired UK trademark consultancy Brand potential, who previously worked with Innocent and Twinings. Brand Potential founders Mary Say, Tom Lovett and Chris Molloy have joined Candid as partners.


Key of Morcos

The winners of Instagramis inaugural #BlackDesignVisionaries grant program – which aims to educate black designers and black-run design firms – have been revealed. The award was jointly created by Instagram design account (@design) and the Brooklyn museum. There were over 500 nominations for the award’s first year, and the selection committee was made up of costume designer Ruth E. Carter and Instagram Japan manager Ian Spalter.

The winner of the Visionary Small Business Grant of $ 100,000 (£ 75,000) was the head of state of the fashion design company. Brooklyn-based design studio Morcos Key, founded by Jon Key and Wael Morcos, received the Impact Prize of $ 75,000 (£ 55,000). Three Aspiring Designer Grants (worth around £ 7,500 each) were awarded to space designer Dominique Petit-Frere, typographer Tre Seals and Sabla Stars.

that of London Design museum launched the Ralph Saltzman Design Award, an annual award of £ 5,000 for emerging product designers. Saltzman founded materials company Designtex and his family created the award to celebrate his legacy. The winners will also have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the museum. First-year nominees include Sky Lucy Young, Mac Collins, and Alexandra Fruhstorfer.

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Banner image courtesy of Substance.


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