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Otium by Sagmeister & Walsh, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, logo and stationery design by New York based Sagmeister & Walsh for contemporary restaurant Otium

Otium is a contemporary restaurant developed by American chef and restaurateur Timothy Hollingsworth. It is located in downtown LA and has a menu of rustic dishes made from sustainable ingredients grown on its mezzanine level and cooked over a wood fire. The restaurant features an open kitchen that merges indoor and outdoor spaces, created with the communal areas of its neighbours, The Broad Museum of Contemporary Art and Grand Avenue, in mind. This is also expressed in the name, rooted in Latin, which describes a place of leisurely social activity, and throughout its brand identity, which intended to bring the outdoors in. This is achieved using a mix of materials across packaging, menus, stationery, coasters and business cards, subtly expressed by a simple logo, and more explicitly as a large and detailed mural, all created by New York based graphic design studio Sagmeister & Walsh.

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The Factory by Ghost, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Oklahoma City fashion store The Factory graphic design studio Ghost

The Factory is an Oklahoma based fashion retailer, inspired by the energy and attitude of the people of Manhattan, Los Angeles and Tokyo, that mixes streetware with high fashion garments, shoes and accessories. Think ripped jeans, vintage purse and Louboutins. American graphic design studio Ghost worked with The Factory to develop a brand identity concept, which went on to include logotype and logo applied to business cards, tags, packaging and signage, underpinned by the concept of the store and compliments its interior design.

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Kings Biltong designed by Robot Food

Logo designed by Robot Food for snack and supplement range Kings Biltong

Capitalising on the increasing demand for healthy protein-rich snacks and sports supplements Kings Biltong, a business established by three former England rugby professionals, have launched a three flavour, cured and sliced, grass-fed British-beef range that offers athletes an “alternative to chalky protein bars and other supplement snacks that miss the mark in terms of both taste and quality perceptions.”

Designed by Leeds-based Robot Food, Kings’ new brand identity and packaging solution takes the clinical sensibilities of the supplement market and fuses it with a traditional Britishness, a union described by the studio as ‘clean, confident and bolder’ with a ‘simplified brand identity, message and colour way’ and a ‘vintage sporting appeal’ that places quality, taste and provenance at the heart of communication.

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