Opinion by Robert Holmkvist.
Here East is a 1.2 million sq ft commercial space developed by Delancey and housed within the former Olympic Press and Broadcast Centre near Hackney Wick in East London. Here East is described as an ecosystem looking to attract businesses from the design, technology and modern manufacturing sectors who are looking to scale, and those of scale looking to behave more creatively. So far BT Sport, Lougborough University, Infinity and Hackney Community College have all signed up for space.
Here East’s brand identity, developed by dn&co., reflects its intentions of bringing together specific business types and the connected nature of its space through a contrast of digital generative elements and physical handcrafted detail. The studio was also responsible for Here East’s broader brand strategy alongside Poke, who designed the website, and architects Hawkins\Brown. This post was updated in 2016 with images of signage and wayfinding, and 2018 with tenant guide, bus liveries and brand book.
Aspira Urval is a banking, finance and insurance recruitment specialist with offices in the Swedish city of Stockholm. Its new brand identity, designed by BVD, draws its inspiration from the name and the themes of ‘elevated ambitions’ and ‘reaching new heights’. These are visualised as a generously spaced, uppercase, sans-serif logotype with an adaptive ascender that changes depending on its context. It is a simple abstract nod to growth that draws a proprietary quality from a fairly neutral set of characters and extends across print and digital experience. A single font choice, a variety of good quality, dyed and uncoated boards, a black block foil and blind deboss print finish, each chosen to reflect care and quality of service, introduce a tactile, visual and communicative breadth to the logotype and balance a corporate familiarity and consistency with a sense of individuality.
Echo is an American investment firm founded by, and working for, ‘Millennial’ entrepreneurs in the consumer packaged goods sector. The firm emerged from the Denver based Consolidated Investment Group with a mission to support and collaborate with young trend-setting companies with revenue streams between $1m and $10m, and products that are innovative, first-to-market, have positive social impact and good ethical standards.
Echo’s brand identity, created by Californian graphic design studio Trüf, mixes a bold geometric logotype, logo animation and patterns with multiple weights of Gotham with the intention of conveying the firm’s forward-thinking and Generation Y nature whilst maintaining a consistent professional image.