dsigndot is an on-line lifestyle store that showcases and retails furniture, fashion and jewellery work from designers and artists such as Zaha Hadid and Phil Cuttance as well new and emerging talent. The site’s identity, created by London-based design studio Build, draws together unusual typographical characters under a cohesive and contemporary aesthetic to deliver a distinctive and subtle craft sensibility that reflects the unique and high quality pieces sold through the site.
Smith-Wykes is a London and Paris-based male fashion brand driven by the values of ‘creative independence’ ‘generosity of spirit’ and the ‘celebration of character.’ The brand’s visual identity, a combination of simple a san serif logo-type, a reductionist twist on the classic and often highly illustrated crest and a deep blind emboss – created by Studio Small – puts a contemporary and practical spin on traditional values and visuals alongside subtle craft cues.
Back in November 2011 premium soy wax candle brand Rewined launched a new packaging solution created by Charleston-based independent design agency Stitch. I described the project in my original post as neatly resolving the themes of candle and wine craft, vintage and heritage through a diverse but coherent combination of earthy textures, a recycled letter-pressed label, hand stamped stickers, a simple identity solution that draws together origin and local industry through a classic circular crest lock-up with aged and humanist imperfections, alongside a bright ‘wax’ seal token and hand signed detail.
Stitch have recently published images of a number of other brand assets that share and expand on the craft cues and textures of the product with the addition of a lovely two ply, uncoated, unbleached board and a light veneered business card with sticker detail, the brass screws of the catalogue, the deep green of a tape and the grain sack-like qualities of a string-tied canvas bag.
Julia Denes is a designer of handmade contemporary fine jewellery created from high-grade materials. Her visual identity, developed by Australian design agency Studio Sammut, is incredibly simple but delivers a nice balance between classic and craft-technique, contemporary aesthetics, detail, consistency and quality through the well spaced characters of Austin, its smart contrast of sharp and circular serifs, heavy vertical and light horizontal strokes – drawn out by the fine line border of the business card – and the light, geometric and broadly spaced sans-serif letter-forms of the secondary typeface below. A black letter-pressed print treatment delivers a light depression across the surface of a weighty uncoated cream substrate adding craft texture and a tactile quality to the high fashion cues of the typography.
The result has a reductionist sensibility that cleverly communicates the key propositions of material, quality and design across a few simple but communicative assets that appropriately frame the intricacies and organic detail of the jewellery.