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Latin American Design Festival ’16 by IS Creative Studio, Peru

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Latin American Design Festival 2016 by IS Creative Studio

The Latin American Design Festival is an organisation that promotes Latin American Design internationally and looks to highlight the social potential of design using lectures, workshops, exhibitions and complementary activities. This year’s festival, as with previous events, took place in the Peruvian city of Lima, with guest speaks that included Stefan Sagmeister, Yuko Shimizu and Stockholm Design Lab.

IS Creative Studio, who worked on LADFest’s 2015 visual identity, continue to collaborate with the festival, delivering a system that, in contrast to last year’s grids and neon inks, favours moments of irregularity, fewer colours, the flourish of a metallic gold and the urban and utilitarian qualities of spray paint and stencil cut type. This extends across a variety of print communication that included posters, lanyards, programmes, flyers, presentation graphics and signage.

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Art Museum by Underline Studio, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Art Museum by Underline Studio

Art Museum unites the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre as one new institution dedicated to exhibition and education. It is one of the largest gallery spaces for the visual arts in Toronto and is housed within an iconic gothic-style building.

The museum worked with Canadian graphic design studio Underline to develop a new visual identity system that would emphasise its placement within the city, and engage both the university community and the Toronto public. This links, through type, layout and multi-colour, a variety of print communications that included brochures, programs, posters, signage and website.

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Swedish For­est Indus­tries Fed­er­a­tion by BVD, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and blind emboss brochure for Skogsindustrierna, the Swedish For­est Indus­tries Fed­er­a­tion, by BVD

With the intention of better communicating the end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties of the for­est, the concept of Bioeconomy and a commitment to a sustainable future, Skogsindustrierna, the representative of the Swedish pulp, paper and woodworking industries, worked with Scandinavian design studio BVD to help move them away from a com­pli­cated tonal­ity and give their com­mu­ni­ca­tion a clarity, focus and accessibility.

With this in mind, the studio created an identity and communication platform that pre­sents the for­est in a fresh and unconventional way. This included a new and concise approach to tone of voice, expressed through a consistent use of Futura and clear speaking and compelling videography, image contrast, a light and contemporary colour palette, the utility and technological undertone of monolinear icons, and the innovative and sustainable qualities of Fibre­Form in print.

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