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John Lewis Childrenswear by Charlie Smith Design, UK

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and tags for John Lewis Childrenswear Department by Charlie Smith Design, London, UK

London-based studio Charlie Smith Design worked with British department store John Lewis to develop the visual identity system and packaging for their childrenswear department. The system needed to appeal to girls and boys aged from 2 to 14 (and presumably their parents), and connect a broad range of accessories and garments that included denim, swimwear, shoes and underwear.

The result is as a contemporary and playful typographic treatment that uses structure to call out gender, colour to identify different sizes, and materiality to deliver both contrast and continuity between identity and products.

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Sentralen by Metric Design, Norway

Opinion by Josh Nychuk.

Brand identity for Oslo-based cultural centre and co-working space Sentralen by Metric Design, Norway

The former building of Norway’s first savings bank, which began as a social initiative to serve the working class people of Oslo, now houses Sentralen, a mixed-use cultural centre. Sentralen continues in the traditions of the bank, functioning as a hub for innovators concerned with and looking to address present day societal issues.

The centre houses over 350 tenants working in cultural production, while also accommodating business needs through small meeting spaces and venues for conferences. It also intends to bring the neighbourhood to life with activities throughout the week in one of its six performing arts venues, a classic cocktail bar and restaurant with a menu of contemporary Norwegian dishes.

Scandinavian studio Metric Design was responsible for the visual identity design of Sentralen (main entity), Sentralen UNG (youth) and Sentralen Restaurant (plus bar & cafeteria), as was well as way-finding program and website which connects guests with all there is to experience at the centre. While a comprehensive project, this article focuses on visual identity and way-finding components, and was kindly written by New York-based Canadian freelance designer, writer and educator Josh Nychuk.

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Collect by Spin, United Kingdom (Preview)

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and print for contemporary international art fair Collect, designed by Spin, London, UK

Collect is an international art fair that will take place between the 2–6 of February 2017 at London’s Saatchi Gallery. Presented by the Crafts Council, Collect will give visitors the chance to see and buy museum-quality and contemporary ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood, metal and textiles created by established and emerging artists and makers represented by over thirty of the world’s best galleries.

Collect’s brand identity, designed by Spin, draws character, play and visual interest from an economical use of a single and fairly austere font, and a black and white colour palette, and went on to include print communication, as documented here, art direction, animation, advertising, signage and environmental graphics.

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Moi Helsinki by Bond, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and illustrated beer mats for Moi Helsinki by Bond, Finland

Moi Helsinki welcomes visitors to the Finnish city of Helsinki, and offers a place to relax after a long journey, with an extensive menu of beers and snacks from its location in the arrivals lobby at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.

The bar features an interior design of light wood and bright neon signage, alongside dark walls, furniture and tiles. Where there are moments of utility in form and furnishing, brand identity, through lettering and illustration, offers something in the way of the personable with a strong sense of place. This extends across interior graphics, menus, branded beer glasses and coasters, all designed by local studio Bond.

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