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Modern by Dwell Magazine by Collins, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and packaging by New York design studio Collins for product and furniture range Modern by Dwell Magazine, a collaboration with Target.

Modern by Dwell Magazine is a new range of home decor products, tablewear and furnishings for those who want to create a welcoming space with a modern aesthetic. It is a collaborative project between design and architecture magazine Dwell, designers Chris Deam and Nick Dine of Deam+Dine, and the American retailer Target.

The range features over 120 products. From chairs, tables and glassware to kitchen utensils, bowls and cocktail shakers. These all balance an everyday functionality with what is described as a high-quality material beauty and share a modernistic design foundation, good design for everyone, only truly made a reality with more recent improvements to mass manufacturing.

New York-based design company Collins, working with the Target Creative Team, drew on a similar modernistic approach taken by Modern’s designers to create brand identity and packaging. This can be seen in structure and high quality materials, and throughout the range’s graphic expression, a balance of high-impact colour, typographical detail and a practical grid-based layout.

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Have A Great Day Films by Hey, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand Identity and business cards for Have A Great Day Films by Hey

Have A Great Day Films is the production company of French filmmaker Jérôme de Gerlache. Jérôme is said to have a taste for professional risk-taking and a distinct way of making short films, advertisements and TV comedies. Barcelona based graphic design studio Hey recently worked with Have A Great Day Films to develop a brand identity that would reflect Jérôme’s personality, convey a message of positivity, was sensitive to past experience and influences, but also looked towards the future. The project went on to include custom typography, title formatting and business cards.

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K. Apeland by Bielke&Yang, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding by Norwegian graphic design studio Bielke&Yang for engineering consultancy K Apeland

K. Apeland is a Norwegian independent civil engineering consultancy that specialises in construction technologies, and applies its experience to new builds, remodelling projects and renovation. It has a favour for steel-wood and concrete structures, which has won the consultancy a number of awards, and has a broad portfolio that covers public infrastructure, private offices and housing, as well as viewing platforms, roads, bridges and quays.

Alongside a name change, shortened from Dr. techn. Kristoffer Apeland AS, K. Apeland worked with Oslo based graphic design studio Bielke&Yang to create a new visual identity system. This extended to business card, letterhead, folder, poster, envelope, notepad and grid paper design, with a new website to follow shortly.

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The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art by Maud, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Black block foiled corporate handbook designed by Maud for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

The National Institute of Dramatic Art is a national education and training organisation for the performing arts in Australia, and is respons­ible for developing the talents of some of the country’s biggest stars. With the continued demo­crat­isa­tion of per­form­ance through digital platforms such as Youtube, and concerns that this had the potential to undermine NIDA’s con­ser­vatoire approach, NIDA pursues a tech­nical mas­tery as a way to preserve a high stand­ard of education.

NIDA looked to design studio Maud to help redesign its visual identity system in a way that help a world-renowned organisation maintain its international presence, prominence and authority within an increasingly accessible field, and broaden its appeal beyond the dramatic arts to include per­form­ance skills across a wide range of industries. The project included logotype, signage, prospectus, business cards, brand guidelines and brochure.

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