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Gallery & Co. by Foreign Policy, Singapore

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, print and packaging by Foreign Policy for Singapore-based Gallery & Co.

& Co. links museum shop, a food and drink retailer and cafe housed within the National Gallery Singapore. These share a brand identity designed by Singapore-based graphic design studio Foreign Policy, built around the basic foundations of modern art and design; primary colour, geometric form and repetition, and Grilli Type’s GT Pressura. This runs across and unites a variety of printed materials that includes, but is not limited to, vouchers, packaging, uniforms and posters. Although launched in 2015, Foreign Policy recently documented and published the work, which coincided with the launch of their new website.

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Royal West of England Academy by Spy, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and blind embossed business cards for Royal West of England Academy by Spy, United Kingdom

Royal West of England Academy brings world-class visual art from around the world to Bristol. It is the city’s first art gallery, the UK’s only regional Royal Academy of Art, and is located in a grand Grade II listed building. RWA worked with London-based graphic design studio Spy to develop a visual identity that would feel relevant and engaging, and re-establish confidence in the institution’s mission, both internally and externally. Spy developed a system that works with a vast library of content, and provides staff with the tools to effectively communicate with visitors and potential patrons. This runs across and links a variety of assets including brochures, posters, business cards and website.

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Nota Bene by Blok, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Toronto restaurant Nota Bene by graphic design studio Blok, Canada

Nota Bene is a restaurant, located on Toronto’s Queen Street West, with a menu made from locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. It was opened by chef David Lee and business partners Yannick Bigourdan and Franco Prevedello in 2008, and was awarded “Best New Restaurant” by Toronto Life and enRoute Magazine soon after.

To coincide with the restaurant’s 2016 relaunch—which saw David Lee take sole ownership and the unveiling of a new menu and interior—Nota Bene worked with Canadian graphic design studio Blok to develop a new visual identity. This was inspired by David Lee’s approach to food and the restaurant’s new environment; a marriage of organic detail and contemporary materiality created by +tongtong, and runs across menus, stationery, business cards, postcards, coasters, packaging and website.

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Edvard Munch High School by Snøhetta, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Edvard Munch High School by Oslo based graphic design studio Snøhetta

Edvard Munch High School provides students with a broad programme of study, with a particular focus on creative classes such as music, dance, product design and textiles, in conjunction with core academic subjects. Classes are given in a newly refurbished, early 20th century building, and the former home of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

To coincide with the refurbishment, the school also launched a new brand identity system, created by Norwegian graphic design studio Snøhetta, and based around theme of duality and the concept perspectives, a reflection of the school’s academic and creative programme, versatility and knowledge. This extended to poster, business card, brochure, tote bag and signage, some of which feature a folded, three-dimensional, interactive component.

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