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On Rye by Pentagram’s Michael Bierut, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and print by Pentagram for Washington DC sandwich shop On Rye

On Rye is a fast-casual sandwich shop, with a space in the US capital of Washington DC, inspired by the Jewish deli. It has a menu of unexpected recipes that dial down the salt and bumps up the veggies, uses natural and wholesome ingredients, and gives traditional dishes a modern twist. On Rye has an interior that brings a contemporary finesse to retrospective detailing and features a brand identity designed by Pentagram partner Michael Bierut and his team. Brand identity functions on a few different levels. It works as an expression of On Rye’s wholesome menu, honours the origins of the Jewish deli in the US and adds to interior using contrast, in the weight and shape of type, the brightness of colour and the playful qualities of photography within a space of material detail and traditional fixtures and fittings. The project included business cards, menus, wall-coverings, signage and website.

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Natasha Alphonse Ceramics by Shore, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and product card by Seattle-based design studio Shore for Natasha Alphonse Ceramics

Natasha Alphonse is a ceramic artist raised in the Saskatchewan province of Canada who now works from a studio in the US city of Seattle. Her ceramics are characterised by a mix of simple forms, irregular surfaces and an earthiness in colour and texture. With a desire to scale her brand into a viable business Natasha worked with American graphic design studio Shore to develop a new visual identity and retail platform. This included business cards, headed paper, product cards, art direction and e-commerce website.

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Common Lot by Perky Bros, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and copper block foiled menu covers designed by Perky Bros for Millburn restaurant Common Lot

Common Lot is restaurant located near the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. It has a menu of seasonal dishes made from locally foraged produce and fresh ingredients, and features an interior design described as being minimalist with unexpected finishes, natural materials, texture and light.

The restaurant was created by Australian chef Ehren Ryan and draws upon his globally diverse culinary background and free spirit. This is seen in the communal dining experience, open kitchen and shared tables which contribute to a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

Chef Ehren Ryan is described as being serious about food and jocular about life, and it is this that informed the visual identity design for Common Lot, created by graphic design studio Perky Bros. This runs across and links a variety of assets that included menus, stationery, bags, thank you cards, signage and branded aprons.

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