Opinion by Richard Baird
Campus is Google’s network of co-working and event spaces for the many start-ups it has and continues to help fund. These are located in London, Madrid, Warsaw, São Paulo, Seoul, and Tel Aviv, with another to open in Berlin soon. The Campus community has over 80,000 members and collectively received over $537 million in funding which has created more than 11,000 jobs. Campus is described by MultiAdaptor, the design studio behind its recent rebranding, as being positioned slightly away from the main Google brand. The studio’s brand identity design for Campus reflects this. It also captures and expresses the startup spirit and energy of the entrepreneurs and founders, employees and investors, who make up the Campus community through a DIY aesthetic of words, images and colour. This approach intends to be democratic in nature and invite participation.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
The Working Capitol is a co-working space located within a historic building situated in Singapore’s Chinatown. It is described as being less of a start-up incubator and more of a community of knowledgeable people working at the intersection creativity, technology and business.
Its brand identity, designed by Foreign Policy, is based around the Euclidean Principle, a mathematical system of basic parts that contribute equally to the whole, without undermining their own individual value. This principle is also the basis of a trisection of brand values; to provide a good quality space, combined with a sense of contemporary lifestyle and the fostering of community.
These ideas, and the intersection of disciplines, are conveyed through a visual language that juxtaposes a technical precision alongside the creative and crafted, and throughout an interior of utility and bright colour. This interior draws further impact and distinction from an exterior structure which is firmly rooted in the traditional. The project went on to include signage and wayfinding, stationery and business cards.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
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.