Curious Space is a London-based scenographers – a specialist scene setter – that creates “unique and inspiring spaces for museums, galleries and more”. Their visual identity, developed by Mash Creative and MayNinth, ‘splits apart to create a physical space that intrigues whilst the type can sit either horizontally or vertically in numerous layouts within the dotted grid”, establishing a flexible and unusual yet structured solution that extracts a proprietary value from the near-neutrality of Gotham’s geometric sans-serif characters.
Ali Sharaf is a Bahrain-based commercial photographer who specialises in fashion, beauty, portrait and lifestyle images for the advertising and editorial sectors, and describes himself as contemporary, upbeat, outspoken and edgy. Inspired by Swiss modernism, design agency Mash Creative developed an identity solution that combines an iconic mark, sans-serif typography, weighty and tactile material choices and a timeless black, white and grey colour palette to ‘communicates Ali’s core brand values’ with a timeless simplicity.
CZYK is a Melbourne-based industrial design practice established by Nikolai Kotlarczyk that specialises in contemporary furniture and lighting design for small and large scale production. Longton, the agency behind CZYK’s new visual identity, website and collateral, describe the practice as having a ‘strong focus on functional, high use design based heavily around materiality, production techniques and the environmental lifecycle of each product.’
Treadwell is a Kansas-based floor installation business that specialise in no-nonsense solutions that last. Perky Bros, the agency behind their name, visual identity and website, describe Treadwell’s philosophy as about ‘standing upright, walking the walk and empowering clients to move forward with confidence, secure in the knowledge that they’ve chosen the right product and the right people for the job’. The agency distilled this philosophy into an identity that unties the perceived strength of buffalos and geometry with the contemporary, on-trend restraint of a single consistent line weight and matching logo-type.
Tourean is a British multinational venture capital firm that manages a variety of lifestyle subsidiaries within the music, design, events, social media and fashion industries. Their new visual identity, developed by design agency Anagrama and drawing inspiration from the Tourean name – a compounding of the words taurean and tour created to convey the values of strength, fortitude, courage and integrity as well as the company’s worldwide reach – fuses Gotham Black and Copperplate Gothic into a single logo-type described by the agency as ‘modern and earnest’ and sets it within the context of a ‘serious and somber’ colour palette and the high qualities of heavy paper with debossed surface textures and gold foil detailing.
Podi is a Singapore-based organic restaurant that ‘celebrates bold, robust and unique flavours’ and the responsible sourcing and cooking of ingredients. Drawing inspiration from the restaurant’s name, a Hindi word to describe a mixture of ground dry spices and herbs, design agency Bravo Company developed a visual identity that pairs a small, abstract interpretation of heaped spices with a bold logo-type, earthy tones and tinted imagery to reflect Podi’s mission of making ‘good, natural and organic food’.
Anagrama have just completed the branding of Romero+McPaul, an English-style velvet slipper manufacturer and retailer established by Italian shoemaker Mr. Migliori that produces bespoke lines handcrafted by artisans with a ‘trendy twist’.
“For this project, our inspiration was heavily drawn from traditional English types and coat of arms mixed with the over-the-top luxuriousness of The Hamptons and it’s sailing and yacht club maritime lifestyle. With the intention to speak of the product’s duality, we created a storyline based on two characters, Romero and McPaul. Romero is the mischievous heartthrob, representing the product’s playfulness, warmth and latino heritage, while mMcPaul is the serious, traditional man, embodying the product’s ancestral and upscale British nature. We gave the brand the rosemary (or “romero” in Spanish) not only as a wink to its name but also as a reference to this herb’s curious nature, as it only grows close to the sea.”
James Braund is a Melbourne-based photographer with a background in journalism, an approach ‘characterised by an unfussed, direct methodology’ and over twenty years of experience in the design editorial and advertising fields.
Arising out of a ‘desire for a more contemporary look aimed at designers and art directors’, James’ new identity, developed by Hofstede - an agency committed to typographical craft and detailing – conveys his methodology by leveraging the economy, utility and contemporary sensibilities of a heavy, uncoated, unbleached mixed fibre board, an urban combination of cool and warm concrete greys, the restraint and what Hofstede describe as the robust typographical choice of Akkurate executed with a stacked, uppercase confidence and a good eye for letter and line spacing. This type-only approach is elevated by the high quality finish of a foil set within the reductionist context of broad unprinted regions used across the collateral. The result is a modern aesthetic neutrality and fine detailing that neatly frames the rich detail of James’ photography.
Saxa is an independent on-line dealer, publisher and commissioner of original and editioned works from international artists with differing perspectives and cultures, and taking a curatorial and collaborative approach to making these available to collectors, galleries, institutions and the general public.
Saxa’s visual identity, created by UK-based design agency Graphical House and inspired by crystalline structures, conveys the idea of buyer and artist networks through the coalescing and interconnected forms of an abstract logo-mark which has been applied to a wide range of stationery, packaging and marketing materials as well as a responsive website.
These are the five projects I reviewed during April that I felt really stood out and wanted to give them another opportunity to be seen and shared. I have ordered these from five to one with my favourite project presented last. Do you agree with my choices?