Moves & Changes – industry news - August

Written by: Aimée McLaughlin
Published on: 27 Jul 2017

A round-up of moves, changes and appointments in the design world.



Paul Priestman, designer and director, PriestmanGoode

PriestmanGoode director Paul Priestman has been appointed as an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London.

Ford has promoted Amko Leenarts to the role of director of design for its vehicles division. He will lead a team of more than 275 employees at the car manufacturer’s design studios in Dunton, UK and Merkenich, Germany. Leenarts joined Ford in 2012 as its director of global interior design.

Aesop Agency has appointed Ben Callis to the role of executive creative director. Callis will head up the Aesop studio and have overall responsibility for all of its creative output.

Theo Williams has been appointed design director at home retailer Kingfisher. Williams has been brought in to overhaul the design side of the business.


Bristol-based animation studio Aardman has announced it is teaming up with production company Independent Films. The two consultancies will provide CGI animation, audio and post production for clients.

East Midlands consultancy Diversity has launched Diversity Creative Interiors. The consultancy’s new division will offer a range of interior architecture and design services, including site surveys, space planning, 2D designs and 3D visuals.

A new brand consultancy called Perq Studio has launched in London. The consultancy has been founded by Laura Giffard and former Bandstand creative director Mark Smith, and has launched with clients including Bliss, H. Bronnley & Co and Solomon & Wu.

Marketing agency Big Group has acquired Bath-based retail design consultancy Frontline Display International. The acquisition follows Big Group’s move from its Thames Valley-based office to a new headquarters in Newbury.