Jane Drew prize winner 2013


Eva Jiricna Eva JiricnaEva JiricnaEva JiricnaThe Architect’s Journal‘s jury has selected their winner of the 2013 Jane Drew Prize as Eva Jiřičná. By an unanimous vote she won the award “for her outstanding contribution to the status of women in architecture”.

The Czech-born architect is based in London, after studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, starting her career with the Greater London Council followed by  the Louis de Soisssons Partneship. She then set up her own practice with David Hodges in 1982 and from there she began to be recognised for her work.

She rebranded her firm in 1985 to Eva Jiricna Architects, then in 1988 completed her flagship store for the Joseph fashion label, where it is said she “reinvented the idea of retail”

Jiřičná, who is also famous for her steel and glass staircases, was part of the inaguaral judging panel for the prize in 1998, which was created to honour Dame Jane Drew, who died in July 1996 and was an English modernist architect and town planner.  

She recieved her prize at a special luncheon held in London on the 22nd March. Read an arctile about the awards here.

The Bear is most awarded ad of 2012


Canal+ AdCanal+ AdThe Gunn Report has compiled their lists of the most-awarded ads worldwide of 2012, and The Bear, the hilarious commercial for French TV channel Canal+, was the most awarded TV commercial.

The top five are listed below, and you may recognise some from previous posts of ours:
1. Canal+ The Bear (BETC, Paris) which is the most awarded commercial in the 14 year history of The Gunn Report.
2. BGH Silent Air, Dads In Briefs campaign (Del Campo Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi, Buenos Aires)
3. Doritos Dips, Dip Desperado (AMV BBDO, London)
4. Chipotle, Back To The Start (Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles)
5. John Lewis, The Long Wait (Adam&EveDDB, London)  

The report has also listed the most awarded print ads and campaigns, the most awarded countries in the world, the most awarded advertisers, the most awarded production companies, the most awarded agency, the most awarded agency in digital and the most awarded agency network  

The Gunn Report also has a category for integrated or innovative work, which it calls “All Gunns Blazing”.  

It uses a weighted points system to analyse the winners of the major advertising awards schemes around the world.  

Read more at Creative Review, which features the top five for all the afore-mentioned categories here.

Top Ten Architecture and Design Videos by Dezeen


Skate Board VideoLighting VideoDezeen‘s architecture and design movies had a staggering 2.2 million plays in 2012 and they’ve rounded up the ten most popular ones for you. It’s a great collection of videos from their Vimeo channel.

At number one is this film (top) demonstrating the Stair Rover by Po-Chih Lai, an eight-wheeled skateboard that can roll down stairs. The movie formed part of their coverage of Royal College of Art graduate projects in the summer and was selected by the team at Vimeo as one of their Staff Picks.

Their second most-watched movie from the last year is all about the future of lighting design, where glowing walls, windows and furniture will replace light bulbs and LEDs in homes according to Dietmar Thomas of Philips Lumiblade, who commissioned Dezeen to make the film.

See the full list here.


Most Popular Design Projects of 2012


Moses BridgeNingbo Historic MuseumTverrfjellhyttaArchDaily has released their top ten most popular design projects of 2012. These breath-taking and inspiring designs, predominately based in architecture come from all over the globe and include Moses Bridge by RO&AD Architecten in Halsteren, Netherlands, Ningbo Historic Museum by Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio in Ningbo, China and Tverrfjellhytta by Snøhetta in Hjerkinn, Norway   

Have a look at the full list here

Top 10 Architecture and Interiors Design 2012


Top 10 Architecture 2012Interiors Top 10 Design MilkDesign Milk Top 10 2012Design Milk  has suggested their Top 10 Architecture and Interiors projects of 2012. We have featured a couple of these over the year but also missed a few.

Their number 10 is Nettleton 199 by SAOTA and OKHA Interiors which is located in Cape Town, South Africa, a home that you can see straight through from the back to the pool and the Atlantic Ocean – Stunning and this is only Number 10.

Number 4 is The Candy Room by Red Design Group, a sweet shop with a one-off design and Number 1 is Micro Cabin in Finland.

See all the Top Ten here on Design Milk.

Top 20 marketing flops of 2012


Harvey Nichols AdvertisingAdweek, in the US, takes a look at the Top 20 Marketing Flops of 2012. 

A great round up including ads from Harvey Nichols, that see models wetting themselves, to IKEA removing all the women from its catalogue in Saudi Arabia.

One not to be missed. Click here to see the Top 20.

The Think Tank wins Best Brand Campaign Award at CMA’s


Best Brand Campaign - CMA RexelWe had a great night at the Construction Marketing Awards yesterday – shortlisted for three awards we picked up the trophy for Best Brand and Positioning Campaign for our work with electrical distributor Rexel.

We were approached by Rexel to develop the brand identity for a new online merchant, NaturalSparx, supplying the renewables sector.

The Think Tank was tasked with developing the messaging, brand design and identity for use in marketing collateral both off and on-line.

We created a vibrant look and feel for the brand that delivered standout within the renewables sector, alongside a series of icons to represent core products and services and a positioning statement for this new brand.The brand identity was developed, along with the messaging, to work across a range of media from the website to direct marketing, advertising and point-of-sale.

In stiff competition from five other shortlisted entries in this category we managed to scoop the prize with the judges commenting, ‘A very well executed campaign, with striking creative ideas that set the business apart in a very crowded market place.’

Well done to all The Think Tank team and to Rexel for giving us the opportunity to help launch one of their brands.

We were also shortlisted in the awards for:
SAS International – Best Product Launch
Rexel – Best Campaign over £25k

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