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2016 Brand Nieuwe Conference, Amsterdam

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for 2016's Brand Nieuwe Conference, Amsterdam

Brand New, a division of UnderConsideration, is one of the first and foremost design blogs to offer opinion on corporate and brand identity work. It has amassed a huge following, often quoted by international press, and provokes frequent and heated debated. Complimenting the site is an annual conference that draws speakers and designers from across the globe

Rather than just the one conference, this year will see a European two-day event take place, prior to Brand New Nashville, between the 20th and 21st of June in the city of Amsterdam, and fittingly renamed Brand Nieuwe Conference. Total Design legend Ben Bos, as well as representatives of studios that have featured on BP&O will be speaking at the event. These include Brian Collins of Collins, Marko Salonen of Bond and Pablo Juncadella of Mucho.

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MOS Architects by Studio Lin, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity, print and promotion by Studio Lin for New York based architectural practice MOS.

MOS is an American architectural practice that mixes playful experimentation with serious research. The practice, as it exists now, following two years of what seems to be an informal approach, was established in 2005, and has worked through a range of design experiments it describes as a make-believe of architectural fantasies, problems, and thoughts on what the practice would be building in the future. MOS now has a broad portfolio that includes institutions, housing and retail, installations, furniture, essays, software and film.

MOS Architect’s brand identity, developed by New York based Studio Lin, has a stripped down aesthetic with an intentionally generic quality that uses on-demand printing processes to cover promotional pieces, request for quote documents, publications, stationery and business cards.

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Basement Theatre by Studio Alexander, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Basement Theatre by graphic design agency Studio Alexander

Basement Theatre is an independent, underground, community theatre located on Auckland’s Lower Greys Avenue. It was established in 2008 as a place to showcase new voices, fresh perspectives and emerging young talent, and to provide these with the space to develop their performances. The theatre has played host to dancers, visual artists, poets, musicians, comedians and everything in between.

Taking their cues from the unique basement location, and a brief that called for a bold, playful and edgy identity, Studio Alexander built a system around a simple but smart logotype with a step component, the impact of fluorescent inks, tinted photography, rotalics and plenty of contrast.

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Nicholas Architects by Strategy, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Nicholas Architects by Strategy Design, New Zealand

Nicholas Architects is an Australian architecture studio working within both the private and public sectors from its offices in the city of Sydney. The studio has a portfolio of community centres, golf clubs, ambulance stations, sports terraces and university campuses, amongst a variety of other structures and spaces. Nicholas Architects commissioned Strategy to develop a new visual identity treatment—which was recently announced as a finalist in this year’s Best Awards—that included monogram and logotype design, business cards, brand guidelines, brochure and website.

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