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Toronto Carpet Factory by Bruce Mau Design, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and stationery for Toronto Carpet Factory by graphic design studio Bruce Mau Design

Toronto Carpet Factory is a seven building complex, constructed between 1899 and 1912, that takes up a full city block in Toronto’s Liberty Village. It is described as a mix of historical architecture, converted factories and as an iconic landmark of the city’s booming manufacturing era. Following extensive restoration and interior renovation, the factory is now a centre of creativity, and home to over 120 companies.

Working with York Heritage and Hullmark, and following interviews with partners, tenants and real estate agents, graphic design studio Bruce Mau Design developed a brand identity and visual language for the site that would unite and better define the unique character of the buildings, and those who work within them. The result is a flexible system of serif and sans-serif type, bright modular silhouettes and a website of contemporary functionality and historic insight. This extends across brochure, stationery, business cards, signage and wayfinding.

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Flamingo by Bibliothèque, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand Identity for Flamingo by Bibliotheque, United Kingdom

Flamingo is an insight and strategy consultancy, founded by Kirsty Fuller and Maggie Collier in 1997, that works with businesses, and at the intersection of people, culture and brands, to help enrich lives by shaping culture and evolving behaviours. The consultancy is described as a group and not just a network, collaborating and sharing across its seven offices throughout Europe, Asia, India and South America.

Flamingo recently worked with London based graphic design studio Bibliothèque to create a new brand identity and visual language that would better reflect who they are, and would speak clearly about their broad range of specialisations. This new brand identity extendeds to printed materials that included business cards, postcards, book cover and tote bags, and an online presence developed in collaboration with Archive Studio.

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Netsurvey by The Studio, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Stockholm based Netsurvey by The Studio

Netsurvey provides organisations with employee and customer relation evaluation services using a precise, individualised and proprietary set of tools, and then helps to implement change with the intention of enhancing employee engagement, strengthening leadership and improving employer branding. Netsurvey works across a variety of sectors, for both small and large businesses and has grown to become one of Sweden’s leading consultants within the industry.

In response to what was felt to be an increasingly dated visual identity, one that failed to convey the warmth, engagement and innovative spirit that characterises the company, Netsurvey commissioned Stockholm based graphic design agency The Studio to create a new system that would communicate these key qualities but also their position as industry leaders through differentiation. This was achieved using a bright colour palette, custom typography, monolinear iconography and personable photography, and included business cards, stationery, print communication, tote bags, pens, and website.

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