Opinion by Richard Baird.
Sweet Greek is a food store run by Kathy Tsaples, located in Melbourne’s Prahran Market, that sells classic sweets and authentic, freshly baked, ready-to-eat Greek cuisine. The store’s visual identity, created by Studio Brave and Elise Lampe, mixes the loose and personal qualities of a hand rendered logo-type and monogram with illustrations of meats, olives and laurel wreathes. Executed across a tactile, uncoated board with elements associated with craft such as string, stickers, the texture of a hand stamped print finish and a single, economical, cobalt blue—reminiscent of china dining sets and the Greek national flag—these elements convey a culinary honesty representative of authentic products made from simple, local and good quality ingredients.
Based around a halftone illustrative interpretation of traditional Persian patterns alongside a tactile thermographic ink process and utilitarian typography, Cloudy Co.’s design solution delivers a really love sense of detail within detail, texture and colour. It transforms the geometric into the organic through contemporary technique infusing the label with a rich depth and density that resonates well with the often complex flavour profiles of wine and the art and craft nature of its production, while also conveying the modern philosophies and interior design of the restaurant.