Latest posts on our design life, thoughts, observations and comments on life in the Middle East and Europe.

In July 2010, the Indian government presented the first symbol for the Indian rupee, designed by D Udaya Kumar and selected from thousands of submissions responding to an open call for entries. The Ashwini Deshpande, presents her take on the submission process, the new symbol and how it represents this diverse nation.

James Strategic Branding & Design Consultancy is appointed as the branding consultancy to Darwish Holding in Doha, Qatar. This role oversees the strategic branding program and creative development of the holding company, Darwish Holding, the retail brand Fifty One East, along with the outdoor brand awareness campaign for the much awaited Lagoona Mall located at West Bay 2011.

Coinciding with the 97th Tour de France’s snaking journey across French mountains and vineyards, Paul Smith has again opened up his ‘art wall’ to cycling-inspired art. Last year he hosted a collection of photos from Rouleur magazine at his Heathrow Terminal 5 boutique; this year it’s the turn of London artist and cyclist James Straffon, curator of the online NÖ Gallery.