Opinion by Richard Baird
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.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Kari Aihinen is a Finnish chef with a growing international reputation. Aside from creating exclusive pop-up Finnish dinning experiences for New Yorkers, working for Ravintola Savoy and developing one-off Nordic-Asian menus with chef Eric Neo in Singapore, he is also the co-founder and headchef of Helsinki restaurant Roster.
Roster is a distinct experience. It features an interior design of custom furniture with a vintage twist, raw and refined materials and hand-picked design objects. Although sophisticated, Roster is a casual rather than formal dinning experience. The restaurant’s graphic identity, designed by Scandinavian studio Bond, is an articulation of this, and the brisk, humorous and warm personality of Kari Aihinen. This is furthered explored in the design of Kari Aihinen’s new cookbook Kape 24h, also designed by Bond.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Holvi is a digital bank account created for entrepreneurs and micro-businesses with the intention of making banking, paperless bookkeeping and invoicing simpler and more efficient. Holvi is positioned as more than just a digital bank account, and comes with a plethora of integrated features. These include the seamless syncing of information between different systems, sending invoices in a few clicks, a way to set up online sales, and save and record receipts.
Scandinavian design studio Werklig helped Holvi to develop its strategy and graphic identity as it continues its expansion further into Europe. Working with key personnel, the studio identified and refined Holvi’s values, defined brand tonality, fine-tuned competitive advantages and clarified market positioning.
Holvi is personal and professional, a cheerful and reliable utility. This is expressed by its new graphic identity. Using simple form language, a soft and modern colour palette and Cartographe Sans, Werklig finds a smart intersection between the mechanical and the playful. This links a variety of printed assets such as business cards, stationery, merchandise and tote bags, and digital experiences that included website and mobile app.