A temporary revamp of the British Rail has caused a stir in the design press and on social media. Studio Blackburn are the team behind the update. 

After a pitch process, Studio Blackburn was commissioned by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to create a print and digital campaign to promote the environmental benefits of rail travel. It was tied to the upcoming COP26 event taking place November 1 in Glasgow, and the aim was for the campaign to be used in the run up and during the conference.

The objective of the campaign is to grow awareness that rail is the greenest form of public transport and “demonstrate how rail is supporting the government to achieve its net-zero carbon goal, making the case for investment in decarbonising the railway”.

“As a result, the audience [for the campaign] was quite varied. Apart from the public, it also had to be aimed at the decision makers and people coming to the country to attend the event,” Paul Blackburn, founder of Studio Blackburn, tells CR. “So it had to work for various different audiences.”

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