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Norwegian Presence by Bielke&Yang, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Catalogue for Norwegian Presence by graphic design studio Bielke&Yang

Norwegian Presence was an exhibition of handcraft and design, past and present, from Norway. It was held at Fuorisalone, which makes up part of Milan Design Week, and moved on to The Gifts & Interior trade fair in Oslo and 100% Norway in London. The exhibition featured 51 different products from 46 designers, with the intention of showcasing a diversity of approaches, innovations, skills and materials.

Norwegian Presence was made possible through a collaboration between Klubben (Norwegian Designers Union), contemporary craft proponent Norwegian Crafts, and Norwegian Icons, an organisation dedicated to raising the international awareness of Norway’s contribution to Scandinavian mid-century design. Other partners included paint manufacturer Jotun, stylists Kråkvik & D’Orazio, and graphic design studio Bielke&Yang, who were responsible for visual identity and print communication.

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Maaemo by Bielke&Yang, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding by graphic design studio Bielke&Yang for Norwegian two Michelin starred restaurant Maaemo

Design studio Bielke&Yang have worked with Norwegian two Michelin starred restaurant Maaemo to develop a holistic brand identity solution informed by the philosophies and creative practices of its unique dining experience and culinary expertise.

The studio’s brand identity design, which encompassed website, custom typography, colour, the tone and content of images, and the tactile finishes of welcome notes, magazines, business cards, folders and menu design, was created to collectively reflect, contribute to, and communicate Maaemo’s unique philosophy. A philosophy that sees innovative dishes created from organic and seasonal ingredients, farmed in a way that is sensitive to the ecology of their environment, and prepared with an original and creative mindset.

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Fosnavåg Konserthus by Heydays, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Animated logo for Fosnavaag Cultural Centre designed by Heydays

Fosnavåg is a city on the island of Bergsøya, situated off the west coast of Norway not far from the Altantic Ocean. It is home to a variety of maritime businesses including fishing, logistics and shipbuilding, and now the location of Fosnavaag Cultural Centre, a new concert hall founded by the local community.

Fosnavaag Cultural Centre’s brand identity, created by Scandinavian graphic design studio Heydays, explores the relationship between Fosnavåg and the Atlantic Ocean—the foundation of local industry and culture, the point at which old weathered buildings meet a precise and contemporary structure, technology and innovation, and the convergence of sea and music. This was visualised as an identity system that included dynamic animated logo and interactive signage, illuminated interior displays, t-shirts, badges and business cards.

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