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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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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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Terri Timely by Bedow, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and business card for Californian directing duo Terri Timely by Bedow, Sweden

Terri Timely is a Californian directing duo creating short films, music videos and commercials. Although they collaborate with a variety of clients; these include Mitsubishi, Amazon and Comcast, much of the duo’s work share a quirky and humorous visual style. This is expressed by their new brand identity, developed by Scandinavian graphic design studio Bedow, through a simple but playful visual style and animation that extends across stationery, business cards and website.

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Gretas by 25AH, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Script logotype for Stockholm-based cafe Gretas at Haymarket designed by 25AH, Sweden

Gretas is a café set within the Haymarket, a hotel located at the heart of Stockholm, Sweden. The building was formerly home to a famous department store that dates back to the early 20th century and was the place where actress Greta Garbo was discovered while working at one of the concessions.

25AH, the Scandinavian graphic design studio behind Haymarket’s own brand identity, as well as Paul’s, a restaurant also situated within the hotel, worked on the brand identity for Gretas. Where Paul’s was darker and more robust in colour and type, inspired by the hotel’s signage, Greta’s is light and personable, drawing on an informal interior, whilst working in the iconic status and history of its location through name and illustration. The project went on to include signage, packaging, menus, stationery and business cards.

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