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Finchtail by Believe in, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and packaging designed by Believe In for Finchtail and its mobile phone and tablet stand

Finchtail is dedicated to the design and manufacture of simple, useful and sustainable solutions to everyday problems. Its first product, a low-cost, flat-packed card tablet and mobile phone stand, features a distinctive brand identity and packaging design treatment developed by UK based graphic design studio Believe in. Monospaced type and corrugated card sit alongside die cut detail, white ink, a bold pattern and a bright dyed board, carefully balancing moments of utility, quality and aesthetic flourish. Alongside visual identity and packaging design, Believe in went on to create point-of-sale, website, marketing materials and a stop-frame video in collaboration with Thank You Mam.

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The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art by Maud, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Black block foiled corporate handbook designed by Maud for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

The National Institute of Dramatic Art is a national education and training organisation for the performing arts in Australia, and is respons­ible for developing the talents of some of the country’s biggest stars. With the continued demo­crat­isa­tion of per­form­ance through digital platforms such as Youtube, and concerns that this had the potential to undermine NIDA’s con­ser­vatoire approach, NIDA pursues a tech­nical mas­tery as a way to preserve a high stand­ard of education.

NIDA looked to design studio Maud to help redesign its visual identity system in a way that help a world-renowned organisation maintain its international presence, prominence and authority within an increasingly accessible field, and broaden its appeal beyond the dramatic arts to include per­form­ance skills across a wide range of industries. The project included logotype, signage, prospectus, business cards, brand guidelines and brochure.

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Simon Pengelly by Spin, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Business cards for British furniture and product design business Simon Pengelly by Spin

Pengelly Design is a British furniture and product design studio, founded by Simon Pengelly in 1993, that embraces a material and process led approach to problem solving, and an aesthetic that has a lightness, simplicity and timelessness. Since its foundation the studio has gone on to secure and complete a variety of national and international furniture, transport and product design projects in collaboration with businesses and manufacturers such as Lapalma, Habitat and Modus, Virgin Atlantic and Joseph Joseph.

Simon Pengelly’s new graphic identity, created by UK based graphic design studio Spin and based around a symbol of vertical and consistently weighted strokes, draws its inspiration from the profile of one of Simon’s chairs, constructed from plywood, and set within the context of an earthy, urban and vivid colour palette of brown, grey and bright orange boards. The project included stationery, box tape, business cards and website design.

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