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.
Brazilian fashion blogger Rafaela Abrahao recently commissioned design agency BR/Bauen to develop a new visual identity that would extend across her website and stationery. Drawing on Rafaela’s favourite brands, Prada, Versace and Hermes, and an interest in English nobility for inspiration, BR/Bauen developed a solution that unites the fine illustrative detail and typographical flourish of a blackletter monogram executed with a contemporary and consistent single line weight, an uppercase neoclassical Didone logo-type, duplex material textures and the finish of a foil, hand stamp and emboss. It is a combination which works well to convey the personal aspect of blogging, garment texture and a clear relationship with high fashion.
Established by Catherine Blackford in 2012, Bindle is an Australian mail-order, gift-box service that bundles handmade artisanal food, drink, home and kitchenware products for occasions and individuals under labels such as ‘A Bit On The Side’, ‘Breakfast In Bed’ and ‘For The Hostess’.
Drawing on the name bindle, a folded canvas sheet carried as a small sack over the shoulder with a stick, the service’s identity, developed by Swear Words, utilises a printed textile pattern across the tactile, earthy textures of an uncoated, unbleached material choice and a string tied detail across the boxes alongside the high quality of a copper foil treatment to, like their work for Crabapple Kitchen, provide a contemporary finish to traditional, communicative craft cues but infused with the underlying theme of travel that conveys the delivered nature of the service.
Les Market is an on-line fashion boutique, with a store in Stockholm, that offers a curated collection from brands such as Rick Owens, Kris Van Assche, Alexander Wang and Raf Simons. The store’s visual identity, developed by Planet Creative, establishes – through a bold sans-serif logo-type, a tape, paint and black marker aesthetic, typewriter slab-serif and a monochromatic colour palette – an urban and industrial quality that frames the detail and distinctive style of the garments.
“Owned by art dealer Suzanne Egeran and based in Istanbul, Egeran Galeri represents a mix of emerging and established artists, both Turkish and international, within a program rooted in traditions of conceptual art. Located on the coast of the Bosphorus strait and designed by Sanal Architecture, the gallery carries distinctive architectural characteristics, with diagonal walls that disrupt the space from a conventional geometry.”
“Taking these defining traits as a foundation for the Egeran identity system, Project Projects designed a wordmark which is itself comprised of modernist grotesque letterforms, each broken into delicate fragments by elegantly intersecting diagonals. Applied on front door signage, a stencil version based upon these bespoke typographic elements translates the graphic identity back to a physical, visceral dimension.”
- Project Projects
Metronet is an Oslo-based consultancy that provides strategic SEO, PPC, e-commerce, social media, web analytic, design and development services to a wide range of international clients. The consultancy’s visual identity, developed by Work In Progress, mixes the established technological conventions of simple geometric forms, fine line weights, grids, a mono-spaced typeface with abstract interior artwork and a retrospective undertone to convey digital networks, creative thought and experience.
Solis is the fashion label of Tel Aviv-based Lisa Grishakova, a women’s clothing designer who balances texture, colour and pattern to create her collections. The label’s new identity draws together and subtly conveys the high quality detailing of Lisa’s garments, the warmth and radiance of the brand name and familiar fashion sensibilities, through the combination of a weighty material choice, surface treatments, foil print finish and light, consistent, single line weight letters and illustration.
Established by Italian duo Giuditta Brusadelli and Augusto Arduini, The Clocksmiths is a graphic communication and brand identity design studio whose philosophy revolves around bringing order and detail to complex systems.
Their visual identity and stationary solution – designed inhouse – neatly leverages the associated patience, precision, professionalism and crafted quality of a clocksmith - through the fine line weights, generous letter and line spacing, traditional lock-up and copper foil print finish of the logo-type. And infuses this with the confident durability and industriousness of uppercase characters, concrete grey substrates, blind deboss and a weighty duplex business card, the subtle technological utility of the secondary typeface and the contemporary restraint of the layout.