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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine by Spy, UK

Opinion by Richard Baird

Graphic identity, prospectus, business and business cards etc. designed by Spy for London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) was founded in 1899 and has established itself as a world leader in the fields of research and postgraduate education in public and global health. The university is made up of more than 4,000 students and 1,000 staff across 100 countries, and is one of the highest-rated research institutions in the United Kingdom.

With a need to articulate a broad offering across both education and research, in a more relevant and engaging way, and a desire to become the first choice for research partners and prospective students amongst increasing competition, LSHTM worked with Spy to develop a new graphic identity that would link a wealth of printed assets. These included, reports, brochures and prospectuses, business cards, flyers and posters.

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Deptford X by IYA Studio, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logo and branded t-shirts designed by IYA Studio for arts festival Deptford X

Deptford X is an arts festival that takes place over ten days across a number of public sites and spaces throughout the district of Deptford, south-east London, with the intention of engaging audiences in active and unexpected ways. This year’s festival, the 18th, builds on a new curatorial approach which was first trialled in 2016. To coincide with and mark this change, the festival worked with IYA Studio to develop a new visual identity. This included a flexible logo and system of arrows and x’s that link programmes, posters, supergraphics, t-shirts and tote bags, and express the dual nature of the festival and some of the character of the area.

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Gustav Almestål by Bedow, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird

Brand identity and business card designed by Bedow for Swedish still life and food photographer Gustav Almestål

Gustav Almestål is a Swedish still life photographer who has built an extensive, high-profile and international client list that includes the likes of Electrolux, Wall Street Journal and Hermes. He now works from Stockholm, following several years in London, on projects that range from advertising and editorial to food and interiors.

The design of Gustav Almestål’s visual identity, which rested in the hands of Swedish design studio Bedow, touches upon his personal and innovative approach, use of light and shadow, and his frequent reference to enduring still life themes and historical art. These are expressed through a distinctive and individual monogram, its sculptural and dimensional qualities, an unusual multi-coloured block foil, the chiseled serifs of Portrait and the broad monospacing of sans-serif Heimat Mono.

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