Škoda is a Czech car manufacturer established in 1859 which started producing bikes, motorcycles and then automobiles at the start of the 20th century. In 1990 they were purchased by the Volkswagen Group and saw significant growth of 51% in 2010 compared to the previous year. As of March 2011 they will introduce a new identity to better represent their more ecological, innovative and aspirational vision of the future.
JCPenney is an American department store that specialises in the retailing of affordable clothing and household products. First established by James Cash Penney in 1902 (as Golden Rules), JCPenney has grown significantly with over 1,100 stores and a 2010 annual turnover of $17.9 billion. Recently JCPenney launched a new visual identity (now jcpenney) designed by student Luke Langhus as the result of a competition, reigniting another debate on the validity of spec work in the design community.
Marketing and communications specialist Gauthier have sent out a limited run of glass water bottles as a gift to its clients with an environmental message to choose glass over plastic. The packaging’s minimal/maximal design approach, taking a simple white rectangle and imparting a strong and inspiring visual message on the interior walls, utilises its gift proposition to defy retail convention and deliver subtlety first and impact second.