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.
Factor Negen (Factor Nine) is a Dutch firm that assists in the connecting of people with employment opportunities and provides training services to business and individuals with a specific focus on personal and professional growth within the context of teamwork. The firm’s visual identity and stationery solution, based around a logo-mark that unites stencil cut detail with the accessible qualities of a face, was developed by multidisciplinary design studio Red Thumb.
Parlor Textiles is an independent, North Carolina-based textile company that produces ornate yet contemporary products with an eco-friendly, hand-made philosophy. Their visual identity and stationery solution, developed by design studio Face, is described as reflecting an attention to detail through the use of ‘classic, elegant elements, the quality of the materials and an overall design that displays a modern sensibility.
Longton is a Melbourne-based multidisciplinary design studio, established in 2012 by Michael Longton, that offers its clients holistic design solutions built on Michael’s past experience – under his previous agency And – with large, international businesses such Sony Music, Billabong, Stussy and Warner Music. The studio’s visual identity - an unusual, modernistic arrangement of neutral sans-serif characters, recurring circular forms and a single consistent line weight – has a reductionist quality with the underlying qualities of a logic game or mind map. Its expanded letter-forms – isolated by generous spacing but collectively united by the container – establish a simple, proprietary value that perhaps reflects the arrangement or coming together of external sources – be that information or experience – into a single and cohesive resolution.
Minke is a Spanish print production studio that favours ’analogue splendour’ over mass manufacture, providing its clients with a variety of small-scale, mechanical and handcrafted processes.
Their visual identity, developed by multidisciplinary design studio Atipo, reflects their services and philosophy through a union of traditional and contemporary material textures, print finishes and die cut detail across the collateral. A sharp juxtaposition of an abstract, geometric mark layered with subtle, slightly reaching brand expressions, the editorial flourish and friendly informality of an all lowercase, italic logo-type, the technological sensibilities of the iconography and the creative detail of the pattern work. Elements united by the restraint and timelessness of a monochromatic colour palette and the more recent energy of bright, spot colour highlights.
K2LD is a small Melbourne-based architectural and interior design firm with a project history that includes individual private homes, community precincts, multi-unit developments and large-scale commercial projects. The firm’s identity, an abstract, structural and modular amalgamation of initials (check the ideation animation here), uncoated materials and a monochromatic colour palette - developed by brand and communication studio Hi Ho - unapologetically embraces the established and reductionist cues of the industry.
Andrew Schweitzer Foto is a Melbourne-based photographer who captures images of the built and natural environment and also services the portrait and fashion markets. His visual identity, developed by creative design agency Studio Constantine, delivers a structural and personal sensibility through the unusual monogrammatic union of three initials neatly ‘framed’ by the contact details of an austere but contemporary business card.
These are the five projects I reviewed during January 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. It is a largely a reductionist collection but I believe each manages to deliver a lot of communicative through a simple balance of graphic design assets, material textures, print finishes and in the case of Filmfaktisk, photography. Do you agree with my choices?
Design agency Essen have recently completed a packaging and rebranding project for TANGENTGC, a Stockholm-based company committed to the development of organic garment and shoe care products that aim to ensure longevity. Their design solution – a simple, utilitarian, monochromatic typographical approach – delivers a sense of information purity through the rejection of superfluous language or superficial graphic detail and choosing to divide content only by the uppercase and lowercase typesetting of a neutral sans-serif. A subtle combination that works quite well to convey a collective brand practicality and researched effectiveness, and the open and honest use of natural ingredients in each product – appropriately placed at the centre of each label.
O Architecture is a small, Lille-based multidisciplinary studio whose practices extend beyond traditional architectural services to include artistic installations, educational courses and editorial work. Their visual identity, ‘a solid circle with a disruption that creates a triangle reminiscent of an A’ – created by design agency Heydays - , unites the broad remit of the studio under a simple symbol with a revolving, holistic quality that can be easily executed across a variety of collaterals.