Highpark is a new residential project located in the middle of San Pedro Garza García and described by Face – the agency behind the development’s visual identity, print work and website – as ‘arguably one of Latin America’s most affluent municipalities’ and widely credited as an “architectural masterpiece”.
Face go on to say that the ”project needed to speak volumes about the brand’s commitment to creativity, sophistication, and quality of lifestyle. It was conceived by superstar Mexican architect Michel Rojkind, and envisioned as an urban development of luxury residences in northern Mexico’s most exclusive corner.” As such Face created a “clean, polished, unobtrusive aesthetic designed to beautifully showcase the project, using sharp, classic typography, and the fool-proof duo of black and gold.”
Daniel Hopwood is a small bespoke London-based multidisciplinary design studio – working within the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and interior design – that offers its clients a creative, practical and personal service.
The studio’s identity, created by Two Times Elliott, takes the often ornamental detail of monograms of the past – a traditional distillation of a craftsman’s pride in product quality and individualised service practice – and gives it a very contemporary, geometric resolution with a solid sense of structure – through a simple consistent line weight and negative space – and a duality that mixes an H with what looks like a table and chair pictogram. Set alongside the broad, generously spaced characters of a sans-serif logo-type and a striking economical single red spot colour, the identity achieves a nice but subtle thematic union of layout, build, furnishing and functionality while the use of an uncoated, mixed-fibre, recycled substrate and a blind deboss across the collateral add a crafted, sustainable undertone that conveys an appreciation for material and material texture.
“Owned by art dealer Suzanne Egeran and based in Istanbul, Egeran Galeri represents a mix of emerging and established artists, both Turkish and international, within a program rooted in traditions of conceptual art. Located on the coast of the Bosphorus strait and designed by Sanal Architecture, the gallery carries distinctive architectural characteristics, with diagonal walls that disrupt the space from a conventional geometry.”
“Taking these defining traits as a foundation for the Egeran identity system, Project Projects designed a wordmark which is itself comprised of modernist grotesque letterforms, each broken into delicate fragments by elegantly intersecting diagonals. Applied on front door signage, a stencil version based upon these bespoke typographic elements translates the graphic identity back to a physical, visceral dimension.”
- Project Projects
Tegn_03 is a Norwegian, multidisciplinary, architectural design studio that, through inclusive methods, process-oriented and competent project management, deliver holistic solutions that encompass the fields of architecture, planning and landscape, to large clients across Scandinavia. Their visual identity, developed by Neue, draws together the themes of technical knowledge, structure, connections, collaboration and creativity through neutral typography, a modular and expanding geometric pattern, tactile and reflective print finishes, ample white space and the more unusual, playful addition of colour and the engagement of an interactive image generator.
Manor Studio is a Singapore-based architectural and spatial design practice serving both commercial and residential clients, while its sister company, Manor Properties, specialises in development and investment. To accommodate this duality design agency Manic created a visual identity solution that fuses a set of logo-types – ‘subtly accented by the mathematical symbol for exponentiation’ – with a grid-based pattern device, two uncoated, dyed material choices and a reflective print finish across the stationery.
Level Improvements is a small-scale builder that possesses, in the words of Hi Ho – the studio responsible for their new identity – a characteristic often lacking in others in their field — a high level of craft and attention to detail. To reflect these values, Hi Ho developed a ‘easily managed and straight talking’ visual identity solution that leverages the similarities between an uppercase L and a carpenter’s square – a measure of straightness and a steady hand – and isolates it with a typographical quirk to convey both continued consistency and a sense of individuality that distances it from other unreliable services.
K2LD is a small Melbourne-based architectural and interior design firm with a project history that includes individual private homes, community precincts, multi-unit developments and large-scale commercial projects. The firm’s identity, an abstract, structural and modular amalgamation of initials (check the ideation animation here), uncoated materials and a monochromatic colour palette - developed by brand and communication studio Hi Ho - unapologetically embraces the established and reductionist cues of the industry.
Madeleine Blanchfield is a Sydney-based architectural firm described by A Friend Of Mine, the design studio behind their new identity, as having a tactile and understated approach with an appreciation of light and detail. Qualities reflected through the subtle but tactile combination of material, print finish and ample space across the firm’s stationery.
O Architecture is a small, Lille-based multidisciplinary studio whose practices extend beyond traditional architectural services to include artistic installations, educational courses and editorial work. Their visual identity, ‘a solid circle with a disruption that creates a triangle reminiscent of an A’ – created by design agency Heydays - , unites the broad remit of the studio under a simple symbol with a revolving, holistic quality that can be easily executed across a variety of collaterals.
According to Studio Hi Ho, the branding and communications partnership responsible for this project, Milieu Property is a Melbourne-based ‘boutique developer with an emphasis on creating spaces of influence’. The moniker ‘Milieu’ immediately positions the brand at the cerebral end of the property development spectrum. Indeed, for those without a thesaurus brain, the highfalutin’ vocabulary is even explained on the minimal website.
Do the graphics live up to the name? For me, Studio Hi Ho appears to have risen to the challenge. Interpreting Milieu as a ‘mix of complementary opposites’ has allowed them to play with juxtapositions: in typography; in imagery; and in the choice of substrate.
Guest Opinion written by Shaughn McGurk