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Colours May Vary by Build, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype, custom typeface and tote bags by Build for Leeds based creative lifestyle store, independent bookshop and events space

Colours May Vary is a Leeds based creative lifestyle store, independent bookshop and events space. Its physical and digital stores are filled with a variety of products, from riso prints, books and magazines to ceramic sculptures, cards and banners. There is a variety to these objects, yet a curatorial through line of beauty and usefulness that makes the Colours May Vary name appropriate. Developing this, design studio Build created a visual identity of shape play, typographical modernity and idiosyncrasy, colour and form contrast, and a meeting of striking graphic expression and high quality material finish. This links a variety of assets. These included printed items such as tote bags, postcards, loyalty cards, carrier bags and stickers, as well as digital components like social media icons, promotional images, newsletter template and a website designed and built by Hungry Sandwich Club.

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Boundless Theatre by Spy, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype, posters, programme, business cards and website by London based studio Spy for Boundless Theatre

Boundless Theatre, led by Artistic Director Rob Drummer, is a UK based theatrical group that creates plays for 15 to 25 year olds, “as well as curious others”, that respond to a diverse global culture and empowers young people to collaborate and find their voice. In the spirit of the name, Boundless Theatre tours both nationally and internationally.

With the intention of increasing the profile of the theatre, developing the audience within their core demographic, and engaging with guardians, teachers and donors, Boundless Theatre worked with design studio Spy to develop a new graphic identity. This links a variety of printed materials. These included posters, programmes, business cards and box tape, and extend to digital experiences for mobile and desktop.

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CCA Architecture by Manual, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Graphic identity, posters, brochure and signage by Manual for The Architecture Division of the California College of the Arts

The Architecture Division of the California College of the Arts (CCA) is an internationally recognised leader in architecture and interior design education. Its programs, which focus on digital technologies and material systems, design research and urban agency, were developed to prepare students for creative practice where material innovation and formal experimentation meet social engagement and cultural collaboration. CCA Architecture strives to develop the next generation of architects and designers, those who will go on to shape the future of the built environment.

American studio Manual worked with the college to develop a unifying graphic identity for the division, to differentiate it within an art college with a diverse curriculum, and strengthen its wide-ranging communication materials, those that are aimed at prospective international students, faculty members and visiting lecturers. Using a simple /\ motif and employing a variety in its implementation Manual find an interesting balance between the structural, the material and the digital across brochures, posters and wayfinding.

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