Hüngry Beast by Savvy, Mexico

Opinion by Richard Baird

Graphic identity and menu designed by Savvy for Mexican cafe and juice bar Hüngry Beast

Hüngry Beast is a cafe and juice bar located in Mexico City’s Roma Norte neighbourhood, a place of recent cultural and gastronomic development. It is a modern and casual experience with a focus on simple, high-quality cold-pressed and gluten-free products creatively prepared from healthy organic ingredients.

The urban, natural and creative positioning of the cafe is expressed materially throughout an interior design of light wood surface, glass blocks and concrete grey walls that create a natural flow between interior and street, and by a graphic identity made up of splashes of colour and organic shape inspired by the work of John Baldessari, an artist who was born 15 minutes from the Mexican border. These shapes are used across and are cut into the white surfaces of bottle labels and intersect food photography online, and implemented alongside a variety of inspirational quotes from scientists, artists, sportspeople and inventors. Interior and graphic identity intersect in different ways, and developed in tandem by multidisciplinary design studio Savvy.

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Kimski by Franklyn, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and signage by New York studio Franklyn for Chicago’s Korean Polish street food restaurant Kimski

Kimski is a Korean-Polish street food restaurant, created by Ed Marszewski and chef Won Kim, located in the Bridgeport area of Chicago. The restaurant has a distinctive interior of geometric wood panelling, bright yellow stools, utilitarian booth seating, wood panelled ceiling and concrete floor with a warehouse quality in its space, shape and box-like exterior. In contrast, Kimski’s brand identity, developed by New York graphic design studio Franklyn and informed by the mash-up of culture, is a full of illustrative flourish, colour and character. This runs across menus, coasters, business cards and t-shirts, and punctuates dark exterior as backlit signage.

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Designers’ Friend by Paul Belford Ltd, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and business card by London-based graphic design studio Paul Belford Ltd. for web development business Designers' Friend.

Designers’ Friend is a UK web development company working with designers and design studios to deliver fast sites that look exactly as they were designed. The company commissioned London-based graphic design studio, past client and collaborator Paul Belford Ltd., to deliver a brand identity concept that would work in print and online.

The studio’s concept is described as a dramatisation of the line ‘we write code’ and visualised, rather literally, by a keyboard. This then forms the basis of a minimal graphic expression in print across business cards and headed paper, and as part of a search rather than menu-based functionality online.

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