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APartMENT by UMA, Japan

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Wordmark, signage and facade by UMA for property development APartMENT in the new creative hub of Osaka's Kitakagaya area

APartMENT is a residential property development in Kitakagaya, a former industrial area of Osaka, Japan. It is part of the Kitakagaya Creative Village Project, an initiative to turn an area, left unused since 1988 following the withdrawal of Namura Shipbuilding Co., into a creative hub. With recent investment many of the warehouses and sprawling factory buildings have been turned into creative spaces and facilities to attract artists, architects and arts organizations.

Working in collaboration with 8 artists, APartMENT is an effort to renovate worker’s housing of Kitakagaya’s industrial past for these new creative inhabitants. This development goes beyond architecture, also encompassing contemporary art, product design and lighting, new technology, interior design and landscaping. APartMENT is made up of three floors, has 18 apartments and a “tool box project” / workshop that allows residents to “edit” their space. It also features a brand identity by local studio UMA. This included naming, wordmark, signage and facade design.

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Hicks designed by Face, Mexico

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and envelopes with block foil and blind deboss detail designed by Face for Mexican real estate group Hicks.

Hicks is described by Face, the graphic design studio behind its new visual identity, as a new-generation real estate group with big ambitions, and who are currently in the process of building a state-of the art mixed-use project with architect Fernando Romero in the Mexican city of Chihuahua.

Face were commissioned to develop a brand identity system that would differentiate three speciality businesses; Hicks Capital, Hicks Development and Hicks Solutions, but would also have a commonality that reflected their collaborative approach to projects. Within this system, these companies are differentiated by colour and form but united by materiality, typography and layout across stationery and business cards.

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Arde by IS Creative Studio, Peru

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype for Lima-based architecture and design firm Arde by IS Creative Studio, Peru

Arquitectura Diseño y Espacio, abbreviated to Arde, is a Peruvian architecture and design firm creating contemporary structures that have a strong sense of light and space, a preference for the geometric and often juxtapose exposed architectural surfaces with those that are natural and crafted.

Lima-based IS Creative Studio recently worked with Arde on naming and visual identity that would link a variety of assets. These included stationery, business cards, signage and a new website.

Building out from, and as an expression of name, which in Spanish means to burn like a flame (functioning as a metaphor for constant transformation and the growth of the firm), IS Creative Studio created a visual identity that expresses a sense of space, energy and architectural structure through plenty of white, a distinctive neon colour palette and geometric logotype and custom typography.

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