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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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Talawa by Spy, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding, stationery and business cards for UK all black theatre company Talawa by Spy

Talawa, Jamaican patois for “small but feisty”, is an all black theatre company that looked to address the lack of opportunities for minorities and their marginalisation at the time of its founding in 1986. Since then it has established itself as one of the most successful theatres of its type in the United Kingdom.

“Our work is informed by the wealth and diversity of the Black British experience, and through that we create outstanding work by cultivating the best in emerging and established Black artists. We invest in talent, develop audiences and inspire dialogue with and within communities across the UK and internationally. By doing so we enrich the cultural life of all.” – Talawa

Talawa has a diverse portfolio of productions, from Shakespeare to African classics, Oscar Wilde to new Black British, and from Nobel-prize winning playwrights to musicals. Some of these have gone on to win awards, tour internationally, and have provided many of its staff and performers with the skills necessary to go on to develop successful careers in radio, film and television.

London based Graphic design studio Spy worked with the theatre to develop a new brand identity and visual language that would help convey the theatre’s powerful spirit. This went on to include an animated logo, stationery, business cards, posters and website.

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Space Division designed by Inhouse

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype designed by Inhouse for award-winning Auckland based architectural practice Space Division

Space Division is an architectural studio established in 2010 with an office in Auckland, New Zealand. It looks to contribute to and positively impact on the lives and environments of its clients and the communities it serves by producing simple and succinct spaces.

The studio describe their projects as being inclusive and client-focused with physical constraints, budgets, time frames and compliance being carefully considered and incorporated into their work across commercial, urban infrastructure and residential architectural fields.

These values and project considerations, as well as Space Division’s agile, dynamic and easily scalable approach, is reflected in their name and new brand identity, created by Inhouse. This included a flexible logotype, stationery set, business cards, print portfolio, project photography and website.

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