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H+J by Spy, United Kingdom

,Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, branding and print by London-based studio Spy for catering business H+J

H+J is a UK independent catering business, established in 2004, that has provided food and catering solutions to venues such as The Cutty Sark, Moët & Chandon, Abbey Road, RIBA and Selfridges. Their services include working lunches and private dining rooms, large scale food courts, cafes and deli bars. London-based graphic design studio Spy worked with H+J to develop a new brand identity that would better express their growing ambitions and help them stand out within a highly competitive industry. This included logo design, still life photography, tone of voice, stationery, business cards, packaging and website design.

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Croxley Park by Blast, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and brochure with uncoated paper and block foil print finish by Blast for UK business park Croxley Park

Croxley Park is a business park located two miles from the town of Watford, United Kingdom, with good local public transport links and twelve minutes from the M25, an arterial route that encircles Greater London. Although strategically placed to make the most of these networks, Croxely Park also has a unique 25 acre parkland setting. Currently, this is home to both multi-national companies and small start-ups, which make up the park’s 2,600 inhabitants.

With the aspiration of becoming one of the top UK business parks, and the intention of competing on a national and international scale, Croxley park worked with London-based graphic design studio Blast to conduct a strategic review, help clarify its positioning and create a new brand identity.

Based around the concept “&More”, Blast developed a solution that brings to life the environment and culture that surrounds the park, its amenities and high-quality service. This is brought together and expressed through cheerful colour and illustration, custom type treatment, photography and moving image, copyrighting, symbol and the materiality of brochure.

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OpenView by Pentagram, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding, custom typography and edge painted business cards by Pentagram for Boston-based venture capital firm OpenView.

OpenView is a Boston-based business dedicated to investing in and helping to grow what are described as expansion-stage companies that are working in the software development sector. OpenView has a unique hands-on approach, and worked with Pentagram’s Natasha Jen to express this through positioning, tone of voice and visual identity design. This included custom typography, stationery, business cards, website and interior graphics.

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Seam designed by For Brands

Logo and business card with black block foil and hand-sewn detail designed by For Brands for fashion brand Seam

Polish design agency For Brands were recently commissioned to create a new visual identity for Seam, a distributor of luxury clothing brands, that would convey a sense of craftsmanship and an eye for detail. For Brands mixes classic typographic detail with contemporary customisation delivered across tactile material choices with hand finished detail, fusing urban, craft and fashion sensibilities.

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