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Hello Ruby by Kokoro & Moi, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Hello Ruby by graphic design studio Kokoro & Moi

Hello Ruby is a Scandinavian company that offers an accessible and playful way for children to learn about technology, computing and coding, guided by Ruby, an illustrated character, and her animal friends. Founded in 2009, with the intention of being a small art project, and initially limited to a book, Hello Ruby has rapidly grown into a popular and comprehensive children’s computing brand, following a Kickstarter campaign in 2014.

Hello Ruby is a natural progression from the limited brick building tools of early learning and the spontaneity of drawing, to the infinite possibilities and creative freedom of the digital world. This step, and connection, proliferates Hello Ruby’s brand identity, developed by Finnish graphic design studio Kokoro & Moi, through brightly coloured blocks, hand cut paper-based type and pictograms, hand drawn illustration, and monospaced font. These unite work books and folders, business cards and website.

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Poseidon Helsinki by Kokoro & Moi, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Poseidon designed by Kokoro & Moi

Poseidon Helsinki centralises the tasks of architect and builder with the intention of delivering higher quality construction projects based around visionary and uncompromising design solutions. Poseidon’s values are deeply rooted in a love for Helsinki, a belief in aesthetically ambitious architecture and expansive urban spaces, and improving the capacity and quality of the city through sensitive renovation and attic conversions.

Poseidon’s visual identity, inspired by the colors, grids and shapes of modernism, and the architecture and art of Le Corbusier and the masters of geometric abstraction, was developed by Finnish design studio Kokoro & Moi, and went on to include business cards, stationery, posters and website.

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Guggenheim Helsinki NOW by Kokoro & Moi, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Guggenheim Helsinki NOW designed by Kokoro & Moi

NOW was a free exhibition presented by The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation that took place throughout May at Taidehalli in Helsinki. The exhibition unveiled the six shortlisted proposals for a Guggenheim museum in the capital, visualised, analysed and interpreted data drawn from the 1,715 projects submitted, and was also a chance to view the fifteen designs that received an honourable mention.

The exhibition was extended to include workshops, events and talks to engage with a variety of age groups. These were bound by a bold and bright visual identity treatment created by Finnish graphic design studio Kokoro & Moi and utilised across flyers, signage, exhibition guides and advertising.

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