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Maldini Studios by Jens Nilsson, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logotype and letterpress business cards by Jens Nilsson for interior design and carpentry business Maldini Studios

Maldini Studios is a Stockholm-based interior design and carpentry studio made up of project manager and carpenter Rasmus Moberg, interior designer Elina Johansson and carpenter Theo Klyvar. The studio’s work often uses precise lines and geometric forms to elevate the irregular detail and texture of natural materials. There are moments of utilitarian and ornamental juxtaposition, times at which this feels subtle and transitional, others where it is more severe and abrupt. Much of the studio’s work displays a contextual sensitivity, either in its continuity with or intentional opposition to space.

Drawing on the forms, materials and woodworking craft of the studio, as well as its understanding of object and space Jens Nilsson, former Design Director at Snask, built an identity that explores the intersection of the functional and the sculptural, material pleasure and communicative intention. This is done through the distinctive typographical forms of a custom typeface, a material variety, and by employing letterpress as a bridge between the two. Graphic identity runs across website and a variety of printed assets, these include stationery and business cards, branded items such as tote bags and scarves, as well as signage.

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Jackalope Hotels by Fabio Ongarato Design, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logo, menus and stationery by Fabio Ongarato Design for Australian luxury hospitality experience Jackalope Hotels

Jackalope Hotels is a luxury hospitality experience developed by Melbourne-based Louis Li, a hotelier described as having a penchant for the avant-garde. The first Jackalope Hotel is situated in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. It is unique in its location, surrounded by the hotel’s vineyard, in its architecture and interior by Carr Design, and in its visual identity, created by Fabio Ongarato Design.

Interior design and visual identity are linked by the theme of alchemy – a metaphor for winemaking, a core part of the business, and expressed in the juxtaposition of visual and material elements to create a new whole. These include the hybrid qualities of the Jackalope sculpture by Emily Floyd, the mixed techniques employed by artist Kate Robertson, and the polished layers of stone and carved busts of Rolf Sachs. This also extends to the visual identity for hotel, its restaurant and bar, in the combination of paper and finish, organic image and precise typographical and geometric forms.

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AIGA Design Conference by Mother Design, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Programme and brand identity system by New York based Mother Design for the AIGA Design Conference

The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) is a professional design organisation with a membership that covers all forms of visual communication, from graphic design, typography and interaction to branding, animation and environmental design. As well as supporting a community of over 25,000 nationwide members, advancing design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force, AIGA organises two biannual events; the AIGA Design Conference and GAIN: AIGA Design and Business Conference, which are held alternating years.

In 2016, the AIGA Design Conference became an annual event. This marked, after 100 years as standard-bearer for professional ethics and practices, a moment of transition, and the implementation of a new vision; to become a hub for “broader creative constituencies”.

Taking inspiration from the evolving nature of organisation and the unexpected ways that a diversity of people and ideas come together in one place, New York-based graphic design studio Mother Design created a multi-coloured visual identity of unusual forms, juxtaposition and sense of change for the AIGA Design Conference. This was implemented throughout the Las Vegas conference which took place between 17 – 19 October 2016.

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