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H+J by Spy, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, branding and print by London-based studio Spy for catering business H+J

H+J is a UK independent catering business, established in 2004, that has provided food and catering solutions to venues such as The Cutty Sark, Moët & Chandon, Abbey Road, RIBA and Selfridges. Their services include working lunches and private dining rooms, large scale food courts, cafes and deli bars. London-based graphic design studio Spy worked with H+J to develop a new brand identity that would better express their growing ambitions and help them stand out within a highly competitive industry. This included logo design, still life photography, tone of voice, stationery, business cards, packaging and website design.

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Lundén Architecture Company by Tsto, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype and business cards by Finnish studio Tsto for Helsinki-based Lundén Architecture Company

Lundén Architecture Company is a Helsinki-based design studio developing innovative structures, infrastructures and spaces. The studio, through their knowledge of strategic development, experimental building technology and urban design, drawn from their collaborations with experts from different fields, offer proposals that affect the future of the built environment. Projects have included a new school and community complex that inspires learning during the day and functions as a meeting place, workshop area and community space during the evening, and an infrastructure proposal that reconsider airport terminal systems for Finland’s air transportation network.

Lundén Architecture Company’s brand identity, developed by Finnish graphic design studio Tsto, is based around a logotype that acknowledges the fragility of structure and the notion that its deterioration begins as soon as it is completed. This is expressed through the breaking apart and reassembly of logotype. This runs across business cards and stationery in a static but transitory state, and in motion online.

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Blå Bär by BVD, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and bags by Swedish studio BVD for Blå Bär, an Osaka-based retailer of Scandinavian goods

Blå Bär (Swedish for blueberries) sells a variety miscellaneous goods from Scandinavia from its store in Osaka, Japan. These include, but are not limited to, glass and kitchenware, soft furnishings, ornaments and jewellery. Many of these could be described as having something of a shared Scandinavian simplicity of form, lightness of colour, natural material quality and cheerful character in pattern and imagery. These are displayed within a well-lit space that blends white walls and shelves, a light wood floor and storage, with the blue of its brand identity, created by Stockholm-based graphic design studio BVD. This appears as a solid matte colour wall, glossy counter, pattern detail and display case, and runs across the store’s packaging.

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