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Åhléns Hem by Twenty-five Art House, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Sign design and wayfinding for Ahlens Hem by 25AH

Åhléns is a department store and one of Sweden’s leading retailers. It has locations in many of the cities across the country, with 18 in Stockholm alone, and also trades in neighbouring Norway. Åhléns has a significant history, beginning life as a mail-order business in 1899, and moving into low-cost retail in 1964. It now stocks up-market products across the beauty, fashion, home and media markets.

Scandinavian design studio Twenty-five Art House was commissioned to develop a new concept for Åhléns’ in-store communication and wayfinding across its Home department, and delivered a solution based around signage, patterns and custom typography with the intention of both guiding and inspiring.

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Bearleader Chronicle by The Studio, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brightly coloured business cards for publisher Bearleader Chronicle by The Studio, Sweden

Bearleader describes itself as being dedicated to seeking out spectacular events, simple pleasures, awe-inspiring landscapes, hidden gems, and regions where traditions are meticulously maintained. They share these with their readers through an online magazine, which also includes insight into the people they meet and places they come across, with the intention of inspiring others to follow in their footsteps and chart their own adventures.

Bearleader draws its name from the leading of the inexperienced on risky adventures and the rise of foreign travel in the 18th and 19th century, while its content addresses the current favour for slow living (diverse and fulfilling experiences over possessions). This is conveyed through a brand identity treatment of traditional serif typography, a varied colour palette and simple layouts created by Scandinavian graphic designers The Studio. This extended across business cards, stationery, bookmarks and Bearleader’s online magazine.

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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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