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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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Bespoke by DIA, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, custom typeface and business cards by New York based DIA for boutique retouching business Bespoke

Bespoke is a New York-based boutique digital retouching company working within the fashion industry and moving into its tenth year of business. With a desire to appeal to an increasingly more commercial clientele while not undermining their roots Bespoke commissioned graphic design studio DIA to develop a new brand identity. With a strong favour for contrast; in colour, proportion and type, DIA establish a bold visual expression for Bespoke that, aside from acknowledging past clients and with an eye for future ones, intends to help them stand out from their competitors. This runs across stationery, business cards and tote bags, down the side of portfolio pages, and sitting well at the foot of Bespoke’s new website.

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On Rye by Pentagram’s Michael Bierut, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and print by Pentagram for Washington DC sandwich shop On Rye

On Rye is a fast-casual sandwich shop, with a space in the US capital of Washington DC, inspired by the Jewish deli. It has a menu of unexpected recipes that dial down the salt and bumps up the veggies, uses natural and wholesome ingredients, and gives traditional dishes a modern twist. On Rye has an interior that brings a contemporary finesse to retrospective detailing and features a brand identity designed by Pentagram partner Michael Bierut and his team. Brand identity functions on a few different levels. It works as an expression of On Rye’s wholesome menu, honours the origins of the Jewish deli in the US and adds to interior using contrast, in the weight and shape of type, the brightness of colour and the playful qualities of photography within a space of material detail and traditional fixtures and fittings. The project included business cards, menus, wall-coverings, signage and website.

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