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Faust by Snøhetta, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, stationery and custom typeface by Snøhetta for Oslo-based high-end shoemaker Faust

Faust is a high-end shoemaker with its first signature store located in Oslo’s Barcode area. The shop is a small but impressive space consisting of five concrete niches and large carved wooden doors. Faust worked with Scandinavian studio Snøhetta to create both interior and brand identity. This was based around the The legend of Faust from the Renaissance, its basis for many literary, artistic, cinematic and musical works through the ages, and Faust as an ambitious person who surrenders moral integrity in order to achieve power and success. These served as historical reference points, taking a look back at a period where all shoes were handmade and bespoke. This then informed the calligraphic strokes of signage, wordmark and custom typography, is seen in the materiality of identity across stationery, business cards and packaging, and in the wood and vaulted forms of interior design.

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John Lewis Childrenswear by Charlie Smith Design, UK

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and tags for John Lewis Childrenswear Department by Charlie Smith Design, London, UK

London-based studio Charlie Smith Design worked with British department store John Lewis to develop the visual identity system and packaging for their childrenswear department. The system needed to appeal to girls and boys aged from 2 to 14 (and presumably their parents), and connect a broad range of accessories and garments that included denim, swimwear, shoes and underwear.

The result is as a contemporary and playful typographic treatment across tags that use arrangement to call out gender, colour to identify different sizes, and materiality to establish a useful communicative contrast yet visual continuity throughout.

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Francina Models by Mucho, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Edge painted business cards by graphic design studio Mucho for Barcelona-based model agency Francina Models

Francina Models is a Barcelona-based fashion agency, led by Mireia Verdú, with over 30 years of experience. It was the first modeling agency in Spain to offer an acting and training academy and, over recent years, has began to diversify, committing itself to the discovery of new talent and the representation of a variety of fashion profiles and international models. With a desire to express this diversification, its 30 year legacy and a well-respected position within the industry, Francina Models approached graphic design studio Mucho to develop a new visual identity system that would reach across model and business cards, stationery, signage and online presence.

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