Opinion by Maisie Benson.
G . F Smith is an independent British paper merchant with a heritage dating back to 1885 and a loyal staff, some of whom have provided over 20 years of loyal service. Made Thought, the design studio behind the visual identity for G . F Smith’s distinctive Colorplan range, were recently commissioned to develop a new brand identity for the company that would better reflect the legacy, stature and future ambitions of the company. This included a new logo and logotype, sample and heritage booklets, stationery, pin badges and website.
Today’s review was written by Maisie Benson, a final year graphic design student studying at Falmouth university. Maisie has secured placements at renowned studios jkr, Smith & Milton and B&B Studio, and has a keen interest in brand identity and packaging design.
Taco República is described by Bielke&Yang, the design studio behind its visual identity, as Norway’s very first genuine taqueria. Wanting to avoid some of the Mexican restaurant clichés, Bielke&Yang juxtaposed classic typography and a guacamole based color scheme with a colourful and contemporary illustrative panel created by Uglylogo, which offers a humorous take on the “enthusiasm and craziness” of the local community prior to opening, to convey traditional quality and a contemporary experience.
Galt Energy is a Mexican business that provides its customers with the ability to fund alternative energy solutions for commercial, residential and institutional projects using the money saved on bills through energy efficiency improvements. The company’s new visual identity, designed by Firmalt, juxtaposes the accessibility of a contemporary circular logomark, bright blue tinted photography, tactile paper and deep blind deboss print finish alongside the corporate reliability of sans-serif typography, white paper and black ink.