Spotted on designboom, these fantastic Pantone Swatches re-imagine by Lisbon-based artist Teresa Freitas. Enough words, dive in… View this post on Instagram What's your favorite #pantone color for summer? A post shared by Teresa Freitas (@teresacfreitas) on Aug 3, 2016 at 5:39am PDT

This is a simple re-post from the Bank of England Bank Underground blog, but well worth a read, especially given the recent reports about the UK economic prognosis for the next year. Question is, is a predominantly finance-driven new car sales culture going to sustain the dealership business model? If not, what are the alternatives? […]

Spotted this collection of matchbook covers, and apart from the gift of match-based metaphors, what struck me (sorry) was how valuable this very particular media opportunity used to be. Seeing as how so few people use or need matches now, the art of the matchbook cover has surprising parallels with many of our more usual […]

The featured picture, and starting point for this piece, is from a series taken at Masdar City in the UAE by photographer Etienne Malapert. The city was  “scheduled to be completed this year but many developers and planners have given up on the original goal of building the world’s first zero-carbon city due to seemingly […]

An installation at Schule von Freiburg, titled ‘Installationsansicht 2’, uses gels that appear to flood the floors at this exhibition, transforming the spaces into a series rather wonderful water colours (reminding me a little of Paul Klee): 1930 X.7. Ruhendes- Paul Klee The use of the reflective materials seem to create dissolves between rooms, making […]

News from designboom of buratti architetti’s work for Alfa Romeo in Milan, leading on the connection between a new car showroom and the museum collection (via an arresting-looking red lift shaft) of the dealership’s owners,  Cozzi While there’s a interesting interior design story here, what’s perhaps more intriguing is the exterior. Considering the usual approach […]

I was snagged by an interesting report yesterday by gforces.co.uk, that while a year old, bought some considerable clarity to the argument for the real role of a car dealership for customers. I make the distinction (for customers specifically) recognising the other pressing operational issues that represent running a sales, service and distribution centre… Many […]

It’s great fun to speculate on the future of this or that, and let’s face it, no-one ever got famous (or in the case of those usually engaged in the daily grind of business, tried to generate sales) saying thing’s would broadly stay the same. So here’s a prediction about what the future holds for […]

Short-circuiting all the usual monologues about the roles brands play in our lives, this installation in the Midlands, UK, takes a sideways look at how we shop: In the shop, some 500 items have been repackaged with new branding developed in workshops with members of the local community: schoolchildren, mental health service users, people with […]

Spotted this today, the Riversimple hydrogen-powered car manufacturers ‘sale of service’ ownership model – ‘We’re not selling products. We’ll retain ownership of the cars and sell mobility as a service.’ With a product platform and business culture designed around sustainability, it’s good to see how that philosophy has been neatly and clearly integrated into a full-scale […]