Opinion by Richard Baird
Broadgate is the largest pedestrianised neighbourhood in Central London. It is adjacent to the busy transport hub of Liverpool Street station, surrounded by Shoreditch, Spitalfields, Old Street and the City, made up of a diverse community and uses that span innovation, finance, food, retail and contemporary cultural activities.
The area will receive a £1.5 billion investment to further its development as a world-class mixed-use destination. This will include 4.9 million sq ft of new and redefined workplaces, retail spaces, public areas and restaurants described by dn&co., the design studio behind Broadgate’s graphic identity, as embodying the community and feel of the historic piazza with the energy of modern London.
Broadgate connects and contains diverse areas, each with their own unique character, services and experiences, and will go on to include many more. Wrangling these into a singular coherent identity, one that is inclusive yet with a definitive identity and without the preconceptions of typical B2B communications was a critical part of the challenge. This was achieved through a generative and kinetic B; a dynamic and constantly shifting container and outline. This motif, alongside a contrasting dark and light colour palette and complementary type treatment, serve to unify posters, business cards, tote bags, website, installations, social media profiles and merchandise.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
The Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) explores the enduring power and immediacy of the political poster in the fight against inequality, their capacity to acknowledge and bring to light the injustices and atrocities of the world, and through their archival, keep alive the stories, voices and controversies that they have come to represent.
CSPG worked with Canadian studio Blok to develop a graphic identity that would honour the role the centre serves as a chronicler and catalyst, reflect its position as a participant in the fight for human rights, leave space to frame and connect the graphic and bring to light the diversity of their political poster archive.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Colours May Vary is a Leeds based creative lifestyle store, independent bookshop and events space. Its physical and digital stores are filled with a variety of products, from riso prints, books and magazines to ceramic sculptures, cards and banners. There is a variety to these objects, yet a curatorial through line of beauty and usefulness that makes the Colours May Vary name appropriate. Developing this, design studio Build created a visual identity of shape play, typographical modernity and idiosyncrasy, colour and form contrast, and a meeting of striking graphic expression and high quality material finish. This links a variety of assets. These included printed items such as tote bags, postcards, loyalty cards, carrier bags and stickers, as well as digital components like social media icons, promotional images, newsletter template and a website designed and built by Hungry Sandwich Club.