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Nota Bene by Blok, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Toronto restaurant Nota Bene by graphic design studio Blok, Canada

Nota Bene is a restaurant, located on Toronto’s Queen Street West, with a menu made from locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. It was opened by chef David Lee and business partners Yannick Bigourdan and Franco Prevedello in 2008, and was awarded “Best New Restaurant” by Toronto Life and enRoute Magazine soon after.

To coincide with the restaurant’s 2016 relaunch—which saw David Lee take sole ownership and the unveiling of a new menu and interior—Nota Bene worked with Canadian graphic design studio Blok to develop a new visual identity. This was inspired by David Lee’s approach to food and the restaurant’s new environment; a marriage of organic detail and contemporary materiality created by +tongtong, and runs across menus, stationery, business cards, postcards, coasters, packaging and website.

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Two of Us

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Headed paper for British brand identity design studio Two of Us

Two of Us is a new British design studio run by Ash O’Brien and Ian Caulkett working from Brighton and Birmingham. Together they specialise in brand identity design, have a philosophy that is based around an honesty and openness in the sharing of feedback, and individual styles and skill sets that when working together complement each other. As an alternative to large studios, the duo choose to pick out the small-scale and personal two-man nature of their business with a simple naming strategy and visualised as a contrast of type detail, type size and of colour. this runs across business cards, letterhead, parcel stickers and website.

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Lucky 21 designed by Blok

Logo and business cards for Dallas and LA film production company Lucky 21

Lucky 21 is a film production company, located in the US city of Dallas, who bring a “contagious energy and tireless drive” to the industry and have a production team and director roster that includes the talents of Jeff Bednarz, The Chartrands, and Tom Ryan, some of whom have worked for big brands such as TGI Fridays, AIG and Home Depot. Lucky 21 recently commissioned design studio Blok to develop a new visual identity solution, which included type, pattern, material and language choices, that would help the company to establish a strong brand personality and better position them to move into and take on the competitive Los Angeles market.

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