Opinion by Richard Baird.
Fabric is a residential property development project and new pocket neighbourhood within the area of Onehunga, one of Auckland’s oldest suburbs and a brownfield site of warehouses with a light industrial heritage. Developers Lamont and Co., alongside Colliers International, commissioned graphic design studio Richards Partners to create a brand identity for the development that would link brochures, specifications pack, website and a variety of print communications for the showroom.
Richards Partners’ concept reflects the architecture and surrounding context of Fabric, which takes its name from the historical use of the site as a clothing factory, through logotype connected by the thread-like qualities of hyphens, built up into a custom display typeface, and the material quality of uncoated dyed papers, fabric cover and blind deboss.
Established in 1996 The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute is the body responsible for developing and managing New Zealand’s scientific research and conservation activities in Antarctica, Southern Ocean and Ross Sea region while also raising ‘public awareness of the international significance of the continent’. The institute’s new identity, which replaces an illustrative fern and penguin mark, was designed by Auckland based BRR and delivers a broader and more scientific sensibility through symbology, metaphor, simple geometry, monochromatic colour and a neutral typeface.