Opinion by Richard Baird.
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.
Yksi elämä is a Finnish project set-up with the intention of encouraging people to become more interested in their own well-being and to improve public health care on both a professional and organisational level, as well as society in general. The project is a collaborative endeavour between the Brain Association, Diabetes Association and Heart Association of Finland.
Design studio Tsto were asked to create a visual identity for Yksi elämä that would reflect its forward-thinking and encouraging nature in a playful way. Bright colour, white paper, irregular letter-form alignment and a very smart use of negative space across the character work effectively draw a distinctive, youthful yet sophisticated quality from what is a simple logo-centric approach and an ink economy.
Ritualize is a cross-platform fitness and lifestyle app that utilises leaderboards, education, challenges and exercises to establish and track small habits that should lead to improved physical and mental health, and a sense of well-being over time. Shorthand, an independent brand identity and graphic design studio based in Newcastle, Australia, were recently commissioned to help bring the app to market. This included naming, visual identity, website and stationery design as well as establishing the look and feel of the app’s user interface.