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Neighbourhood by Ahoy, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo and signage for Manchester restaurant, bar and club Neighbourhood by Ahoy, United Kingdom

Neighbourhood is a restaurant, bar and club, located in the centre of Manchester, with a vibrant and eclectic interior inspired by New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas dining scenes. This is brought to life through the juxtaposition of bright neon signage and indoor foliage alongside the more classical qualities of copper fixtures and fittings, marble surfaces and velvet upholstered furniture. This contrast is also expressed throughout Neighbourhood’s brand identity, developed by Manchester and Liverpool-based studio Ahoy, in contrasting colour choice, type and pattern. This links business cards, packaging, menus and interior graphics, and coincided with an extensive refurbishment of the restaurant.

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Paco Rabanne by Zak Group, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for French fashion label Paco Rabanne by Zak Group, United Kingdom

Paco Rabanne is Spanish designer and French fashion label established in 1966 with a catalogue of ready-to-wear garments, shoes, fragrances and accessories. Rather than an interest in the past, Paco Rabanne, who originally trained as an architect, has created strong silhouettes from new materials, and often rejected the spirit and art of the time.

Paco Rabanne’s creative director Julien Dossena worked with London-based design studio Zak Group to reinterpret and express the essence of the fashion label through a new brand identity system. This included a revised logo and monogram, custom typeface, shopping bags, invitations, website, print campaign and art direction. The launch of this new brand identity coincided with the opening of the label’s first new shop in ten years.

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Higher Living 2016 by B&B Studio, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and packaging for organic tea company Higher Living by B&B Studio, United Kingdom

Higher Living is a British company who have been blending teas, herbs and spices for over 45 years using only 100% natural and organic ingredients. Continuing their collaboration with Higher Living, which began back in 2010, London-based graphic design studio B&B Studio worked with the company, following a recent expansion of the range, to help redefine its packaging and brand identity with the intention of establishing a new system that would help consumers navigate an increased variety whilst also retaining its idiosyncratic qualities.

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Elements by dn&co. United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and brochure covers for tap and spout range Elements from Brooklyn-based brassware business The Watermark Collection by dn&co.

Elements is the latest spout and handle range from Brooklyn-based boutique brassware business The Watermark Collection. It features 15 metal finishes, 3 handle designs and 19 hand-crafted covers. These make up a potential quarter of a million possible combinations. The modularity, materiality and variety of Elements is drawn on and expressed through a visual identity created by British design studio dn&co, which then plays out across a range of distinctive brochure covers.

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