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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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The International by Studio South, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, brochures, stationery and invitations by Studio South for Auckland apartment complex The International

The International is a new apartment complex, located not far from Auckland’s Albert Park, with 88 luxury residencies. The building, a repurposed former office, is currently being transformed into an iconic structure with a contemporary exoskeleton of elongated beams. To promote the building and help sell apartments off-plan, the graphic designers at Studio South worked with the developer behind The International to create a holistic brand identity and marketing package.

Alongside a variety of printed assets, which included brochures, stationery, business cards, event invitations and floorplans, Studio South were also involved in the spatial design of an apartment showroom, informed by the earthy tones of Rufus Knight’s interior design and taking their cues from luxury brands. This post features some extensive specification insight so be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the article.

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Wagon Wheel by Perky Bros, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and folder with copper block foil print finish for Nashville-based boutique real estate title and escrow company Wagon Wheel designed by Perky Bros.

Wagon Wheel is a Nashville-based boutique real estate title and escrow company established by three partners with substantial experience working for larger corporate law offices who wanted to establish a company with a more casual corporate culture and client experience. This, and Wagon Wheel’s Nashville roots, is expressed throughout its new brand identity, designed by graphic design studio Perky Bros, using a combination of a strong graphic approach and tactile material choices. This extends across folders, business cards, coasters, posters and signage.

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