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Kimski by Franklyn, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and signage by New York studio Franklyn for Chicago’s Korean Polish street food restaurant Kimski

Kimski is a Korean-Polish street food restaurant, created by Ed Marszewski and chef Won Kim, located in the Bridgeport area of Chicago. The restaurant has a distinctive interior of geometric wood panelling, bright yellow stools, utilitarian booth seating, wood panelled ceiling and concrete floor with a warehouse quality in its space, shape and box-like exterior. In contrast, Kimski’s brand identity, developed by New York graphic design studio Franklyn and informed by the mash-up of culture, is a full of illustrative flourish, colour and character. This runs across menus, coasters, business cards and t-shirts, and punctuates dark exterior as backlit signage.

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Happy Maple by Garbett, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and packaging by Sydney-based graphic design studio Garbett for donut bakery Happy Maple.

Happy Maple is a Adelaide-based bakery dedicated to producing small batch 100% vegan donuts, baked not fried, made from gluten, tree nut and peanut free recipes. Orders are by phone, e-mail or through their pop-up stores. There is no website, just a social media presence with lots of donut images, a personable approach to communication, and a cheerful brand identity created by local graphic design studio Garbett.

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Embla by A Friend Of Mine, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Wordmark, custom typeface, menus and business cards by A Friend Of Mine for Melbourne restaurant and wine bar Embla

Embla is a new wine bar and restaurant located in Melbourne’s inner city, created by Christian McCabe, the man behind The Town Mouse. It has an interior of wood surfaces, exposed floor beams and brick walls, warm low hanging lighting and a large frameless glass front. Embla’s brand identity, designed by local graphic design studio A Friend Of Mine and based around a custom typeface, draws its inspiration from the hand painted vintage signage that proliferates the neighbourhood, and is visualised as a custom typeface. Alongside torn paper, fabric texture and stained timber, this links menus, business cards and website.

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