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Helsinki by Werklig

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logo, graphic identity and print communications designed by Werklig for the Finnish city of Helsinki

In August 2017 Scandinavian design studio Werklig was commissioned to develop the graphic identity for the Finnish city of Helsinki, a capital with an urban region of roughly 1.4 million inhabitants and 751,000 jobs. The challenge was to resolve a disparate and fragmented visual system that represented a broad range of public services, departments and development projects that were helping and informing a diverse group of people. These included locals, national and international visitors, those looking to make their home in Helsinki or seeking asylum. Although each entity had its own logo, these were often tenuously linked by the city’s coat of arms. This served as the beginnings of a new and integrated identity program.

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Cult 20 Years, Event & Exhibition by Toko

Opinion by Richard Baird

Event and exhibition identity designed by Toko celebrating the 20 year anniversary of designer furniture retailer Cult

In 2017 Australian furniture retailer Cult celebrated its 20th anniversary. They marked this with an event and exhibition and worked with design studio Toko to develop a graphic identity to unify these and bring to light their extensive catalogue. Through a mix of bright illustrative silhouettes across invitations, packaging, postcards, flags and banners, the art direction of some Cult’s ranges, and an eye-catching bright red die cut cover, Toko play with a graphic immediacy and follow this up with layers of material and photographic detail.

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UNSW Built Environment by Toko

Opinion by Richard Baird

Graphic identity designed by Toko for the UNSW Build Environment faculty and exhibition design for the annual Luminocity exhibition

UNSW Built Environment (BE) intends to develop global leaders in architecture, planning and construction, and help shape resilient, connected, smart and inclusive future cities through its undergraduate, postgraduate and postgraduate research courses. As part of this, the faculty also runs an annual programme of events for students, academics, industry professionals and the general public. These serve as a platform to find out more about the faculty and raise the awareness of and seek to address critical issues that concern the built environment.

Australian design studio Toko worked with UNSW BE to develop a faculty graphic identity and the spacial design of their Luminocity exhibition; a collection of student projects drawn from all seven degree courses and bring to light what it might be like to design and build tomorrow’s cities. Assets included graduate and postgraduate guides, posters and website, signage, display system and layout.

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