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APartMENT by UMA, Japan

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Wordmark, signage and facade by UMA for property development APartMENT in the new creative hub of Osaka's Kitakagaya area

APartMENT is a residential property development in Kitakagaya, a former industrial area of Osaka, Japan. It is part of the Kitakagaya Creative Village Project, an initiative to turn an area, left unused since 1988 following the withdrawal of Namura Shipbuilding Co., into a creative hub. With recent investment many of the warehouses and sprawling factory buildings have been turned into creative spaces and facilities to attract artists, architects and arts organizations.

Working in collaboration with 8 artists, APartMENT is an effort to renovate worker’s housing of Kitakagaya’s industrial past for these new creative inhabitants. This development goes beyond architecture, also encompassing contemporary art, product design and lighting, new technology, interior design and landscaping. APartMENT is made up of three floors, has 18 apartments and a “tool box project” / workshop that allows residents to “edit” their space. It also features a brand identity by local studio UMA. This included naming, wordmark, signage and facade design.

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Giant by Also Design, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity for Chicago restaurant Giant by Also Design, United States

Giant is a restaurant on Chicago’s Armitage Avenue with a menu of what is described as unpretentious Midwestern food. It is a small and intimate space with a contemporary and utilitarian interior of solid wood tables, simple chairs, brick and wood panelled walls, and chipboard skirting. Giant’s brand identity, designed by Also and extending across business cards, website, signage and menus, is an articulation of the the restaurant’s tongue-in-cheek name and plays against its modest interior space through type, typesetting and image.

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Landhaus Keller by Seite Zwei, Austria

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and gold foiled business cards by Austrian graphic design studio Seite Zwei for Graz-based restaurant Landhaus Keller.

Landhauskeller is a restaurant and bar in the Austrian city of Graz, housed within a building that is over 400 years old. It has a distinctive and highly ornamental interior reflective of the building’s history, and a quirky, current and unusual presentation style. Together these play with classical and contemporary materials, details and forms. This also runs throughout Landhauskeller’s brand identity, designed by Seite Zwei, in the use of typographical juxtaposition, choice of materials, illustrative flourish and print finish. This links business cards, coastersmenus and website.

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