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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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Thanda by Karoshi, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and postcards by UK graphic design studio Karoshi for conscientious interior accessory business Thanda

Thanda is a luxury home accessory business bringing high-end artisanal products crafted by people in South Africa to the UK market. It does this with the intention of helping to support local communities, promoting ecological awareness and proving that sustainability does not have to compromise aesthetic.

Thanda worked with London based graphic design studio Karoshi to articulate and express this positioning and the quality of its products through a new brand identity that would run across stationery, business cards, packaging, tags, promotional materials and website. This included bespoke patterns, custom typography and photography, and detailed product information online.

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Richard Moran by Journal, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and portfolio for UK photographer Richard Moran by Leeds based graphic design studio Journal

Richard Moran is a lifestyle and portrait photographer with over 25 years of experience. He has worked with international businesses such as GSK, Pizza Express and Grey Goose Vodka, and secured a reputation as a passionate, straight-talking professional with a meticulous attention to detail and a portfolio of high-quality and emotive work. With a desire to communicate this and with the intention of building on his success, Richard worked with Leeds based graphic design studio Journal to develop a new brand identity. This included portfolio, business cards and stationery, linked by a white and purple colour palette, plenty of material texture, custom logotype and high-quality print finish. Journal also designed and built a responsive website that gives Richard’s time-sensitive clients multiple ways to view his work.

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