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Earls.67 by Glasfurd & Walker, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and gift card with gold block foil print finish by Glasfurd & Walker for US and Canadian restaurant chain prototype Earls.67

Earls is a family-owned premium but casual restaurant chain with 66 locations throughout Canada and the United States and a thirty year history. The hospitality sector has seen a lot of change in this time. It continues to be highly competitive and often demands innovation and adaptability to remain relevant. With this in mind, Earls commissioned Canadian graphic design studio Glasfurd & Walker and interior design studio Ste Marie to reimagine the Earls brand as a one-off canteen and bar. Earls.67 is the result of this collaboration.

Earls.67 is a prototype, located at Bankers Hall in downtown Calgary, developed to test collaborations and new ideas. It is inspired by Earls 30 year history of burgers and bustling bars, food with an international twist, experimentation, energy and a focus on customer service. This is reflected in its menu, interior design and throughout a brand identity design that draws on Earls’ heritage and, in the words of Glasfurd & Walker, refocuses this through a contemporary lens. Brand identity runs across a variety of assets, these include, but are not limited to, logo and logotype, menus, interior graphics, business cards, wallpaper, gift cards, growlers and napkins.

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Little Italy by Here Design, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity by British studio Here Design for Amman-based restaurant Little Italy

Little Italy is a restaurant, gelateria and pizzeria located in the Jordanian capital of Amman. The restaurant features a distinctive, period and European-inspired interior of stained wood, glossy white tiles, concrete floor, vintage glass light shades, wood panelling and exposed I beams, brought together with a modern balance and lovely sense of form and contrast. This continues through to the restaurant’s brand identity, developed by London based Here Design, in its mix of type and illustration. This links menus, interior graphics, signage, packaging and business cards.

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Karla Black + Kishio Suga: A New Order by O Street, UK

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and invitation for the exhibition Karla Black + Kishio Suga: A New Order at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art designed by O Street, UK

A New Order is an exhibition of the work of Karla Black and Kishio Suga taking place at Modern One of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art between 22nd October and 19th February. The artists, unaware of each other’s work prior to the conception of the exhibition, working on opposite sides of the world, are described as being united in their use of everyday materials to create sculptural work that responds to specific spaces. This commonality informed the visual identity of the exhibition designed by Glasgow based O Street and ties together wordmark, invitations, signage and posters.

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Emma Magnusson Arkitektur by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, business cards and bespoke stationery boxes for Emma Magnusson Arkitektur by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Emma Magnusson is an architect working from the Swedish city of Gothenburg primarily on private commissions and occasionally with larger corporate clients. These have included Benify and Warner Music. Scandinavian graphic design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist recently worked with Emma to craft a new visual identity. Drawing on some architectural staples such as space and materiality, and working in the systematic and the playful, Lundgren+Lindqvist’s identity work for Emma intends to visually articulate the personable but professional approach she takes to her work. The project included monogram and stationery design, business cards, bespoke stationery boxes and website.

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