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Sydlexia: Making Sense Of Dyslexia by BBDO Dubai, UAE

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and print campaign, posters and adverts for Sydney Dyslexia's innovative new programme Sydlexia by BBDO Dubai

Sydney Dyslexia intends to challenge the misconception that dyslexia is a learning disability, and instead, move the conversation forward, to more appropriately address it as a learning difference. Sydlexia is an innovative and pioneering platform, created by Sydney Dyslexia, to help aid this change, and offers new techniques and training methods to help facilitate “dyslexia correction”.

Dyslexia is the most common learning disorder. It affects 1 in 10 people worldwide. It is indifferent, and its challenges are felt by those from all walks of life. Sydlexia worked with BBDO Dubai on brand identity and its first campaign with the intention of engaging a diverse group of people.

Taking their cues from the universal notion of dyslexia as a learning difference that breaks up and rearranges letters and words, BBDO finds a convivial, modern and universal expression that draws a lot of visual and cognitive equity from simple typographical play, the fracturing of words and the process of their reconstruction.

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Summerhill Market by Blok, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype, illustration and notecards designed by Canadian studio Blok for Toronto based boutique grocery store Summerhill Market

Summerhill Market is a family-run business, managed by the third generation, with premises on Toronto’s Summerhill Avenue and a smaller location—a floral boutique—on Mt. Pleasant Rd. The store has 200 employees, a butchers, bakery and deli, a BBQ in the summer and offers a variety of catering services.

Summerhill Market is admired for its high quality products, and its ability—since 1954—to consistently redefine what it means to be a boutique grocery store. Its commitment to quality is reflected in its extensive range of own-brand products, developed by an in-house executive chef and a team of 80.

With the intention of giving the store a more contemporary voice whilst maintaining its warmth, Canadian studio Blok developed a new brand identity of pastel colour, sans-serif type, moments of illustrative texture and a labelling system that links an extensive line of own brand products. As well as this, Blok also delivered assets that included business cards and stickers, packaging design, branded tote bag and notecards.

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East Sydney Early Learning Centre by Toko, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Signage and wayfinding designed by graphic design studio Toko for East Sydney Early Learning & Community Centre

East Sydney Early Learning & Community Centre is a state of the art space located on Bourke Street. It provides childcare places for parents living or working in the inner city suburbs of Sydney. The centre, designed by ABA Architects, features five play rooms set over three levels, indoor playground on each floor and an open-air play area on the top floor. The space also includes a distinctive signage and wayfinding system, developed by Australian graphic design studio Toko, inspired by children’s building blocks.

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