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Mercer Supply Co. by Peck & Co., United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, envelope and copper foiled notecard for salon and barber Mercer Supply Co. designed by Peck & Co.

Mercer Supply Co. is a barbershop, salon and retailer that provides high-end grooming goods and services to the modern man and woman of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The salon has an interior design of polished concrete flooring, exposed trusses, Edison bulbs, panels of wood, leather furniture and waxed denim aprons. It is thoroughly current in its mix of the hardwearing, utilitarian and the traditional. This is also expressed throughout its brand identity, designed by Tennessee studio Peck & Co., using type, illustration, material choice and print finish across bags, notecards, stationery, business cards, swing tags, coasters, tissue paper and website.

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Soap Co. by Paul Belford Ltd, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo and package design by UK based graphic design studio Paul Balford Ltd. for luxury hand made soap business the Soap Co.

Soap Co. is a UK based social enterprise, luxury soap manufacturer and brand, that provides employment to people who are blind, disabled or disadvantaged. These individuals make up 70% of their team. All profits go back into the business to create and fund further job opportunities.

Soap Co. recently launched a range of luxury handmade soaps, hand washes and hand lotions, available as Black Poppy & Wild Fig, Citrus, and White Tea varieties, that feature a new brand identity and packaging design treatment by London based Paul Belford Ltd. The launch of this range, and its new design, coincides with a move from the local to the national market.

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The Doctor’s Studio by A Friend Of Mine, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Melbourne based non-invasive cosmetic surgery The Doctor's Studio by graphic design studio A Friend Of Mine

The Doctor’s Studio provides non-invasive dermatological treatments and skin care procedures from its clinic in the Australian city of Melbourne. It has a philosophy that avoids feeding on insecurities and intends to facilitate positive change and foster a sense of well-being.

The Doctor’s Studio worked with graphic design studio A Friend Of Mine to develop an interior and brand identity concept that would avoid the negative stereotypes of the industry. This extended to furnishing, signage, illustration, business cards and web design, working in collaboration with architects Russell and George, Kelly Thompson of UNA and illustrator Stuart McLachlan.

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Laji Hair & Make designed by UMA

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Laji Hair & Make logotype and pastel paper business cards designed by UMA

Laji is a hair and make-up studio located in the city of Osaka, Japan, with a distinctive interior design developed by dot architects. It features chipboard dividers and mirror frames, pegboard panels, strip lighting, exposed concrete ceilings, brick walls and utilities, concrete cast with wood surface texture, red stained floors as well as custom furniture created by Ryohei Yoshiyuki. It is a combination that makes the space appear more like an urban art studio or on-trend coffee shop rather than anything you might traditionally associate with a make-up and hairstyling space which, when considered alongside the studio’s identity, designed by UMA, is very likely the point. The project included logotype, business cards, discount certificates and postcards.

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