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Mercht by Robot Food, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and badges for UK based custom merchandise business Mercht by Robot Food

Mercht is a UK based custom merchandise business, created by the team at Awesome Merchandise, that offers its customers a risk-free way to design, sell and ship customised t-shirts and wearable accessories, through an online showcase and print on demand service. It is a platform where, if designs sell well, both parties profit, with neither loosing if they do not.

Leeds based graphic design studio Robot Food, the studio behind Awesome Merchandise’s brand identity, developed an identity for Mercht that captures the creative, custom and accessible spirit of the service through a playful and convivial mix of bright colour, hand drawn lettering and pattern, which links a variety of collateral. This included badges, stickers, notebooks and packaging, postcards and branded t-shirts.

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HEWN by Föda, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

HEWN

HEWN is an American architectural woodworking shop, custom furniture fabrication and metalworking business with extensive facilities, a team of master-craftsmen, a national presence and local legacy. It also has a preference for native Texas and reclaimed woods.

HEWN worked with Austin based graphic design studio Föda to develop a new brand identity that would help ensure market share and longevity, and would lay the groundwork for future leadership transitions.

This began with strategy and naming, included logo and logotype design, and extended across signage, business cards, t-shirts and website, as well as van, garage door and hopper signage.

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Hermoso Cariño by La Tortillería, Mexico

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, logotype and stickers for Mexican designer gift shop Hermoso Cariño by La Tortilleria, Mexico

Hermoso Cariño, a name taken from the title of a Mexican love song, is a gift shop with unique line of products. These are described as Mexican in the least expected way, leaning more towards the contemporary, but not forgetting tradition, and crafted by a new generation of designers. This is expressed throughout Hermoso Cariño’s brand identity, created by La Tortillería, through a mix of type, colour, material texture and print finish across tags, bags and stickers.

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2016 Brand Nieuwe Conference, Amsterdam

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for 2016's Brand Nieuwe Conference, Amsterdam

Brand New, a division of UnderConsideration, is one of the first and foremost design blogs to offer opinion on corporate and brand identity work. It has amassed a huge following, often quoted by international press, and provokes frequent and heated debated. Complimenting the site is an annual conference that draws speakers and designers from across the globe

Rather than just the one conference, this year will see a European two-day event take place, prior to Brand New Nashville, between the 20th and 21st of June in the city of Amsterdam, and fittingly renamed Brand Nieuwe Conference. Total Design legend Ben Bos, as well as representatives of studios that have featured on BP&O will be speaking at the event. These include Brian Collins of Collins, Marko Salonen of Bond and Pablo Juncadella of Mucho.

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