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Giant by Also Design, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity for Chicago restaurant Giant by Also Design, United States

Giant is a restaurant on Chicago’s Armitage Avenue with a menu of what is described as unpretentious Midwestern food. It is a small and intimate space with a contemporary and utilitarian interior of solid wood tables, simple chairs, brick and wood panelled walls, and chipboard skirting. Giant’s brand identity, designed by Also and extending across business cards, website, signage and menus, is an articulation of the the restaurant’s tongue-in-cheek name and plays against its modest interior space through type, typesetting and image.

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A-TO-B by Stockholm Design Lab, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand Identity, print and signage for Scandinavian retailer and bag specialist A-TO-B by Stockholm Design Lab

A-TO-B is a retail destination dedicated to all things travel. It curates and sells smart practical products for the modern traveller, complimented by insight and advice. Whether it be an around the world trip or the daily commute, a preference for small private labels or well-known bag brands, A-TO-B has it covered.

Venue Retail Group—owners of A-TO-B and over 150 shoe, bag and accessory stores throughout Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden—approached Stockholm Design Lab to work on naming, strategy and brand identity, and to develop a new and refreshing retail experience.

Although this project went out towards the end of last year, Stockholm Design Lab have kindly been in touch with new images. These document the extent of the project, include shots of product cards, packaging and posters, and take a better look at the adaptable system that links these.

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Have A Great Day Films by Hey, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand Identity and business cards for Have A Great Day Films by Hey

Have A Great Day Films is the production company of French filmmaker Jérôme de Gerlache. Jérôme is said to have a taste for professional risk-taking and a distinct way of making short films, advertisements and TV comedies. Barcelona based graphic design studio Hey recently worked with Have A Great Day Films to develop a brand identity that would reflect Jérôme’s personality, convey a message of positivity, was sensitive to past experience and influences, but also looked towards the future. The project went on to include custom typography, title formatting and business cards.

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The Collection of A. Alfred Taubman by Franklyn, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and four-volume catalogue for The Collection of A. Alfred Taubman by Brooklyn based graphic design studio Franklyn

The late A. Alfred Taubman was an American real estate billionaire, philanthropist and former owner and chairman of Sotheby’s, who had built a significant art collection, valued at around $500 million, that included works by Raphael, Kandinsky and Picasso, amongst many others.

Following Taubman’s death this year, and with the hope of restoring his image after a price-fixing conviction in 2002, Sotheby’s held a private auction of his collection. To mark this event New York based graphic design studio Franklyn created a visual identity system that draws attention to the high-profile nature of the artists and the artwork for sale, and would share some of the personal aesthetic sensitivities of their former owner. The project went on to include monogram, signage and brochure design.

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