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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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f32 by Blok Design, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and block foil business cards by Blok for LA based trend-watching company f32

f32 is an American trend-watching company, founded by Gina and Lisa Priolo, with an office in LA and a commitment to finding and championing artists and brands that will go on to shape global culture. f32 worked with graphic design studio Blok Design to better express this vision, and their refined and highly contemporary aesthetic sensitivities. This was achieved through naming and visual identity in print across business cards, stickers, stationery and trend report, and online with a new responsive website.

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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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