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Otium by Sagmeister & Walsh, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, logo and stationery design by New York based Sagmeister & Walsh for contemporary restaurant Otium

Otium is a contemporary restaurant developed by American chef and restaurateur Timothy Hollingsworth. It is located in downtown LA and has a menu of rustic dishes made from sustainable ingredients grown on its mezzanine level and cooked over a wood fire. The restaurant features an open kitchen that merges indoor and outdoor spaces, created with the communal areas of its neighbours, The Broad Museum of Contemporary Art and Grand Avenue, in mind. This is also expressed in the name, rooted in Latin, which describes a place of leisurely social activity, and throughout its brand identity, which intended to bring the outdoors in. This is achieved using a mix of materials across packaging, menus, stationery, coasters and business cards, subtly expressed by a simple logo, and more explicitly as a large and detailed mural, all created by New York based graphic design studio Sagmeister & Walsh.

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Farah by Post, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for UK men's fashion brand Farah Farah by graphic design studio Post

Farah is a men’s fashion brand with a seasonal catalogue of shirts, polo shirts, knitwear, jackets, footwear, bags and accessories available online and from high street and department store premises in the United Kingdom. Following two years of collaboration, London based graphic design studio Post were commissioned by Farah to refresh its visual identity, from tags, retail concept, internal communications and art direction, to stationery, business cards, brand book and signage.

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Hermoso Cariño by La Tortillería, Mexico

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, logotype and stickers for Mexican designer gift shop Hermoso Cariño by La Tortilleria, Mexico

Hermoso Cariño, a name taken from the title of a Mexican love song, is a gift shop with unique line of products. These are described as Mexican in the least expected way, leaning more towards the contemporary, but not forgetting tradition, and crafted by a new generation of designers. This is expressed throughout Hermoso Cariño’s brand identity, created by La Tortillería, through a mix of type, colour, material texture and print finish across tags, bags and stickers.

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