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Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra by Bond, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra by Bond, Finland

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra is a 102 strong ensemble, currently led by chief conductor John Storgårds, with its primary venue being the Helsinki Music Centre. It has a significant history, beginning as the Helsinki Orchestral Society in 1882 and acquiring its current name following a merger with the Helsinki Symphony Orchestra in 1914. In 2016 the orchestra will have its first female chief conductor following the appointment of Susanna Mälkki.

With a desire to strengthen its image and consolidate its overall brand experience, the orchestra worked with Finnish graphic design studio Bond, who in turn collaborated with photographer Marko Rantanen, to create a new visual identity that would communicate the energy and power of its 102 musicians, and that would extended across programmes, stationery, business cards, campaigns and signage.

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Flow Festival 2015 by Bond, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding, custom typography and lanyards for Helsinki's Flow Festival by graphic design studio Bond

Flow is an annual three day music and arts festival that this year took place across the weekend of the 14th of August in Helsinki, and played host to a variety of artists including Florence and the Machine, Major Lazer, Nina Kraviz and Willey. Finnish graphic design studio Bond worked with the festival to create a visual identity treatment for its 2015 event based around the idea of festival visitors as an urban tribe. This was visualised as new-tribal imagery, a mix of handmade illustration and custom typography, bound by what Bond describe as a quirky yet charming quality, and a colour palette of black and fluorescent inks. This builds on the concept and some of the assets created by Tsto for Flow Festivals between 2011 and 2014.

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Tenderloin Museum by Mucho, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, t-shirts and tote bags for Tenderloin Museum by graphic design studio Mucho

The Tenderloin Museum tells the story of, and celebrates, the people and rich history of the Tenderloin district, a 31 block region of San Francisco. The museum’s permanent exhibition covers the area’s rebuilding, from 1906, following the great earthquake, until the present, and captures its diversity. It is a neighbourhood that has been filled with, what Mucho, the graphic design studio behind the museum’s visual identity describe rather romantically as, immigrants and iconoclasts, artists and activists, sinners and saints. It is a place known for “girls, gambling and graft” but equally for its cultural icons, these have included the Grateful Dead, Miles Davis and Dashiell Hammett.

Mucho were responsible for creating the museum’s brand identity, signage and merchandise, which extended to t-shirts, coasters, cups, mugs, maps, tote bags and posters.

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