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The Hugo by Studio Brave, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and brochure for Footscray property development The Hugo designed by Studio Brave featuring illustration by Andy Murray

The Hugo is a new residential property development, made up of 23 apartments, located in the Melbourne suburb of Foostcray. It is a hi-tech building with a distinctive perforated façade, and a design that leverages natural light and air flow. Its apartments were designed to be flexible and secure, with a particular focus on livability, functionality and beauty, and feature interiors reflective of Australia. This is characterised by earthy colours, wools and timber.

The Hugo’s brand identity and campaign material, created by Studio Brave, convey the spirit behind the development and the emerging culture and increasing diversity of Footscray through illustrative panels by local artist Andy Murray and photography by Sayher Heffernan. These capture the area’s vibrant lifestyle in image but also through the collaborative nature of their creation.

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Bottura by Foreign Policy, Singapore

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Singapore based Italian restaurant Bottura by graphic design studio Foreign Policy

Bottura is an Italian restaurant and food store with space in Singapore’s Suntec City Mall. It has a contemporary interior of exposed utilities painted black, white suspended ceiling and surfaces, dark wood and steel furniture, glass, concrete and steel counters, warm spot and low-hanging lights and an open kitchen working from authentic family recipes rooted in the owner’s hometown of Bologna. This interior is punctuated by a bright, high contrast and convivial brand identity, developed by graphic design studio Foreign Policy, informed by the restaurant’s fusion of tradition and modernity, and extending across menus, coasters, packaging and signage.

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Tapped Birch Water by Horse, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Package design for flavoured birch water brand Tapped by UK graphic design studio Horse

Tapped is an organic birch water, drawn straight from trees growing in Finland, and available in Bilberry & Lingonberry, Apple & Root Ginger and unflavoured varieties in the UK from Whole Foods Market, Planet Organic and online.

Birch water is a traditional spring time drink and medicinal ingredient in Finland, tapped from birch trees which filter ground water up through their roots and trunk acquiring minerals, vitamins and manganese, an antioxidant, in the process.

Tapped worked with UK based graphic design studio Horse to develop a brand identity and package design that would communicate the Nordic and birch tree origin of the water, distinguish it from other waters, be compelling to a market unfamiliar with the product and also be environmentally conscientious.

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