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Nota Bene by Blok, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Toronto restaurant Nota Bene by graphic design studio Blok, Canada

Nota Bene is a restaurant, located on Toronto’s Queen Street West, with a menu made from locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. It was opened by chef David Lee and business partners Yannick Bigourdan and Franco Prevedello in 2008, and was awarded “Best New Restaurant” by Toronto Life and enRoute Magazine soon after.

To coincide with the restaurant’s 2016 relaunch—which saw David Lee take sole ownership and the unveiling of a new menu and interior—Nota Bene worked with Canadian graphic design studio Blok to develop a new visual identity. This was inspired by David Lee’s approach to food and the restaurant’s new environment; a marriage of organic detail and contemporary materiality created by +tongtong, and runs across menus, stationery, business cards, postcards, coasters, packaging and website.

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Bord 13 by Snask, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Malmö restaurant Bord 13 by Swedish graphic design studio Snask

Bord 13 is a restaurant, located on Malmö’s Engelbrektsgatan, with a menu that steers clear of the overfished, the modified and unnatural. It is a collaboration between chefs Robert Jacobson and Besnik Gashi, a former Souschef and a Head Sommelier from world-renowned Noma, and features a brand identity and interior design by Scandinavian studio Snask. This extended to material, lighting and furniture choices, and included menu and coaster design, branded chef whites and signage.

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Bronuts by One Plus One Design, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Bronuts by Canadian graphic design studio One Plus One

Bronuts sells handmade donuts and freshly brewed coffee to the local community of the Exchange District in Winnipeg, Canada, and, as the name suggests, is run by two brothers. Bronuts’ location draws a variety of customers, from young professionals and corporate offices to college students. It has a warm interior of light wood, white tiles, exposed architectural surfaces and low-hanging bulbs.

Much like its interior, Bronuts’ brand identity, created by graphic design studio One Plus One Design and which including stationery, packaging and signage, comfortably sits between hipness and accessibility, and is thoroughly current. This is reflected within the geometric sans-serif characters of the logotype, the simple, playful and communicatively clear donut and coffee cup iconography, the cleverness of a logo with a glaze that doubles as a smile, doughnut patterns and the straightforward application of these assets across interior and packaging. This also extends to a limited colour palette and the uncoated and debossed surface and three-ply weight of a letterpress business card.

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