A west Dorset designer responsible for the redesign of Waitrose wine bottles has died.

June Fraser, who lived in Beaminster, died on July 5 aged 88.

She was born on August 30, 1930 in Assam, where her father was employed as an engineer on a tea plantation, but moved back to England during her early childhood.

In 1954 she gained a place at the Royal College of Art and upon leaving there in 1957, she successfully applied for her first job with Design Research Unit (DRU) in London.

She married her husband Allen Cull in 1963, who died in 2017, by which time she was a junior partner, later going on to become partner and ultimately director of DRU. She was responsible for Wedgwood's logotype and packaging, a logo for Sadlers Wells Theatre, packaging for British Sugar and The Royal Mint amongst others.

In 1980 she joined the John Lewis Partnership as head of graphic design where she stayed for four years. During this time she was responsible for the packaging of a huge range of the partnership's own-brand goods under the Jonelle name and the redesign of wine labels for Waitrose.

A long-standing member of the Chartered Society of Designers, she served as treasurer and vice-president before being elected the first woman president of the organisation in 1983.

The following year, having been appointed to the Council of The Design Council, she was head-hunted to join the Design Council Directorate as head of the industrial design division. In 1987 she was nominated to be the UK representative on the board of International Councils of Industrial Design.

During the 1990s, she designed two books for the RNIB, 'Building Sight' and the 'Sign Design Guide' which she also co-wrote.

June retired to Beaminster in 2002 and continued to work on a voluntary basis, designing newsletters for the CPRE and the Beaminster Society amongst other projects.

Philip Golding, a member of the Beaminster Society, said: "June was a stalwart of the Beaminster Society for many years since retiring to Dorset. She was on the executive committee as the secretary and as publications editor and designer, a role to which she was eminently suited, having had a career in art and design.

"Three years ago she created a bold new design for the society's magazine, which she continued to design and edit.

"She always had a valuable input to the society's responses on planning matters and always with a eye for both ecological matters and aesthetics in design.

"She responded to the Beaminster Conservation Area Appraisal and was involved with plans to redesign The Square in the centre of Beaminster.

"As you can imagine she will be greatly missed by all in the society."

Just a fortnight before her death she had completed the compilation and design of a book of her mother's memoirs.

Her daughter Zoe Cull said: "During a career characterised by prolific output, clear-sighted problem-solving, and seemingly effortless creativity, she was recognised as an outstanding contributor to her field.

"Her appreciation of good design and aesthetics extended to every area of her life including her home, her garden and her wardrobe.

"Her keen interest in current affairs, cutting-edge technology and contemporary design and fashion - along with her youthful appearance and active lifestyle - meant that she was frequently taken to be at least a decade younger than her years and had a cohort of friends of all ages."

June is survived by her daughter Zoe and two grandchildren.

A celebration of June's life will be held at Higher Ground Meadow burial ground, Corscombe, on Friday, August 30 at 12 noon.