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Hermoso Cariño by La Tortillería, Mexico

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, logotype and stickers for Mexican designer gift shop Hermoso Cariño by La Tortilleria, Mexico

Hermoso Cariño, a name taken from the title of a Mexican love song, is a gift shop with unique line of products. These are described as Mexican in the least expected way, leaning more towards the contemporary, but not forgetting tradition, and crafted by a new generation of designers. This is expressed throughout Hermoso Cariño’s brand identity, created by La Tortillería, through a mix of type, colour, material texture and print finish across tags, bags and stickers.

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Latin American Design Festival ’16 by IS Creative Studio, Peru

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Latin American Design Festival 2016 by IS Creative Studio

The Latin American Design Festival is an organisation that promotes Latin American Design internationally and looks to highlight the social potential of design using lectures, workshops, exhibitions and complementary activities. This year’s festival, as with previous events, took place in the Peruvian city of Lima, with guest speaks that included Stefan Sagmeister, Yuko Shimizu and Stockholm Design Lab.

IS Creative Studio, who worked on LADFest’s 2015 visual identity, continue to collaborate with the festival, delivering a system that, in contrast to last year’s grids and neon inks, favours moments of irregularity, fewer colours, the flourish of a metallic gold and the urban and utilitarian qualities of spray paint and stencil cut type. This extends across a variety of print communication that included posters, lanyards, programmes, flyers, presentation graphics and signage.

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Obra Blanca by Savvy, Mexico

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and brochures for Mexican architecture studio Obra Blanca designed by Savvy

Obra Blanca is an architecture studio, established in 2013, with offices in the Mexican city of Veracruz. The studio looks to transcend Mexico’s architectural landscape, remain independent and resistant to trends, and free to experiment and explore. It attributes a building’s value to its coherence, craftsmanship, materiality, functionality and context.

Obra Blanca represents the last step in construction, the stage at which a building stops being just a structure and gains character from, and is an extension and reflection of, its inhabitants. This informed the studio’s new brand identity, created by graphic design studio Savvy, and manifests itself in two parts, in structure and content, which runs across business cards, stationery and brochures.

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James Turrell; Jardín Botánico by Savvy, Mexico

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for James Turrell Jardín Botánico by graphic design studio Savvy

Botanico Culiacan is a 10 acre botanical garden, designed and built by Tatiana Bilbao in 2012, and located in the city of Culiacán, México. The garden is dedicated to conservation, eduction and botanical investigation, plays host to a variety of cultural events and is home to a contemporary art collection commissioned specifically for the space.

Botanico Culiacan’s latest installation, James Turell’s Encounter, is the first public skyspace in Latin America. The work continues to express James Turell’s interest in light, colour and empty white space through programmed lighting within a domed enclosure and a small opening that frames the sky. This is further explored within the exhibition’s brand identity treatment, created by graphic design studio Savvy, using panels of ink, regions of unprinted space, blind emboss, glossy surfaces and a mix of type and image.

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