Leading London design practice ‘SomeOne’ plans brand identity for ski holidays from TUI  

Crystal Ski Holidays, UK’s largest ski holiday company, part of the Specialist Holidays Group (SHG) and TUI Travel PLC, have today unveiled the new brand identity to promote ski holidays to a broader audience in a fun and engaging way. The new branding enables Crystal to work more effectively across multiple platforms with a focus on digital environments.

For one of the most emotionally-led purchases of the year the holiday sector has some of the most charmless branding. Crystal Ski Holidays’ unrivalled network, experience and love of the mountains makes Crystal the obvious brand to enliven the ski industry as well as grow the market. The new identity will make it easier for people to see some of the many options and services available to Crystal customers. It sets out to clarify the options open to holiday makers in a fun and entertaining way.

The new Crystal brand creative, designed by SomeOne, features an illustrated mountain landscape by Max Longstaff and a new flexible design system which can be assembled as required to work wherever customers are – whether that is in-resort, in-store, online or reading their favourite newspaper.  

As the channels change and the digital space evolves, Crystal can now rapidly adapt. Digital magazines, video content and an optimised website are now being developed with the new approach.  The ethos at Crystal continues to be focused on giving customers what they need to find the very best winter holiday for them.

Simon Cross, managing director Crystal Ski Holidays, explains, “The new work gives us the opportunity to communicate with our customers in a more fun, modern and open way, showing our expertise and the range of holiday experiences we can provide. In a digital world, with hundreds of channels and new media brands if you don’t regenerate and reform the brand, you are in an exposed position.”

Simon Manchipp, executive creative director and co-founder of SomeOne, adds, “Crystal Ski Holidays has intelligently recognised the entire sector’s reluctance to change. Their new brand strategy sets out to make it easier, quicker and more rewarding for holiday makers to get the most out of their ski or snowboard trip. This flips the mindset of the organisation from a sales practice to a shop of choice. Now, with Crystal, you can do what you want, when you want, making for more memorable holidays. The new visual brand identity is a way of helping people navigate and make these choices at a glance.”

 Crystal Ski rebrand – press release



Note to editors

About Crystal Ski Holidays and Specialist Holidays Group (SHG)

TUI Travel PLC is a FTSE 100 leisure travel company listed on the London Stock Exchange. It was formed on 3 September 2007 by the merger of First Choice Holidays PLC and the Tourism Division of TUI AG. The company mainly serves the leisure travel customer and is organised and managed through four business sectors: Mainstream, Accommodation & Destinations, Specialist and Activity and Emerging Markets. The Specialist and Activity sector consists of six divisions:  Adventure, Education, Marine, North American Specialist, Sport, and the Specialist Holidays Group (SHG).


SHG consists of 19 businesses operating from the UK and Ireland. Specialist travel experiences include ski holidays, city breaks, luxury mountain hotels and tailor-made trips to the Far East, Africa, Australia or North America. Crystal Ski Holidays is part of SHG with more than 40 years experience of providing ski holidays to three continent and over 130 ski resorts.


For more details and pictures on Crystal Ski Holidays / SHG

Marion Telsnig / marion.telsnig@specialistholidays.com / 020 8939 5027



Agency details 

SomeOne is an award-winning London based design practice that strategically launches, relaunches and protects brands world-wide. We work in all sectors, all countries, all of the time. We invent brands with clients. Or re-invent them ready for new business challenges. We do branding, not blanding. We don’t change symbols, we create symbols of change.

Unlike large, traditional groups, working with SomeOne means clients meet and work with the designers. (After all, that’s why we get hired. To design.) Direct contact with SomeOne’s creative minds means ideas flow more freely, which is important as great brands need great opinions. We don’t fit clients into pre-determined processes, we create bespoke teams around each project.

Ideas excite us; they shape the future, add value and signal change. We help organisations, products and services profit from change. That’s why we concentrate on creating Big Ideas first, then go about making them beautifully. We often create monopolies for brands by employing creativity to connect business strategy with memorable visual executions.

Unusually for the creative sector, SomeOne is owned and run by three internationally recognised award-winning creatives. Over the past 6 years we’ve grown from three people to 35 people.

Clients — Telefonica, Kew Gardens, Accenture, Compare The Market, FastJet, London 2012 Olympic Games, The Royal Opera House, Pernod Ricard, National Maritime Museum, O2, Intel, WorldPay, Samsung, P&G, Universal Music.

For further information on SomeOne please contact

Simon Manchipp  /  Simon@SomeOneInLondon.com / 0207 613 1568

SomeOne – 67 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4QSwww.SomeOneinLondon.com


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