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AIGA Design Conference by Mother Design, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Programme and brand identity system by New York based Mother Design for the AIGA Design Conference

The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) is a professional design organisation with a membership that covers all forms of visual communication, from graphic design, typography and interaction to branding, animation and environmental design. As well as supporting a community of over 25,000 nationwide members, advancing design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force, AIGA organises two biannual events; the AIGA Design Conference and GAIN: AIGA Design and Business Conference, which are held alternating years.

In 2016, the AIGA Design Conference became an annual event. This marked, after 100 years as standard-bearer for professional ethics and practices, a moment of transition, and the implementation of a new vision; to become a hub for “broader creative constituencies”.

Taking inspiration from the evolving nature of organisation and the unexpected ways that a diversity of people and ideas come together in one place, New York-based graphic design studio Mother Design created a visual identity of unusual forms, juxtaposition and sense of change for the AIGA Design Conference. This was implemented throughout the Las Vegas conference which took place between 17 – 19 October 2016.

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Full of Luck Club 福乐 by Bravo, Singapore

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and illustrated and gold foiled business cards by Singapore-based graphic design studio Bravo for modern Cantonese kitchen Full of Luck Club 福乐

Full of Luck Club 福乐 and Bao Bar is a combined Cantonese restaurant and takeaway, located in Holland Village, Singapore, serving authentic Chinese comfort food. The restaurant was created by the team behind Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant at Sheraton Towers Singapore, and has a menu that combines timeless plates such as roast meats, fresh noodles and dim sum with more contemporary items such as Chinese-inspired salads, craft beers and speciality ‘baos’. This meeting of modernity and timelessness plays out across the restaurant’s brand identity, designed by Bravo, in the meeting of dynamic lettering, a pastel colour palette and a gold block foil print finish.

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VonHof Cycles by Franklyn, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Custom wordmark for New Jersey-based VonHof Cycles by Franklyn, United States

VonHof crafts bicycles in small batches by hand for mountain, road and cyclocross categories from its location in Hoboken, New Jersey. Keeping true to the process of crafting bikes, one that produces a range that is uniquely poised, handsome and of exceptional quality, New York graphic design studio Franklyn took a boutique approach to VonHof’s brand identity. This included wordmark and a system of typographic, pattern-based and informational components to be used in print (across bikes and promotional materials), and online.

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APartMENT by UMA, Japan

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Wordmark, signage and facade by UMA for property development APartMENT in the new creative hub of Osaka's Kitakagaya area

APartMENT is a residential property development in Kitakagaya, a former industrial area of Osaka, Japan. It is part of the Kitakagaya Creative Village Project, an initiative to turn an area, left unused since 1988 following the withdrawal of Namura Shipbuilding Co., into a creative hub. With recent investment many of the warehouses and sprawling factory buildings have been turned into creative spaces and facilities to attract artists, architects and arts organizations.

Working in collaboration with 8 artists, APartMENT is an effort to renovate worker’s housing of Kitakagaya’s industrial past for these new creative inhabitants. This development goes beyond architecture, also encompassing contemporary art, product design and lighting, new technology, interior design and landscaping. APartMENT is made up of three floors, has 18 apartments and a “tool box project” / workshop that allows residents to “edit” their space. It also features a brand identity by local studio UMA. This included naming, wordmark, signage and facade design.

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