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.
Highpark is a new residential project located in the middle of San Pedro Garza García and described by Face – the agency behind the development’s visual identity, print work and website – as ‘arguably one of Latin America’s most affluent municipalities’ and widely credited as an “architectural masterpiece”.
Face go on to say that the ”project needed to speak volumes about the brand’s commitment to creativity, sophistication, and quality of lifestyle. It was conceived by superstar Mexican architect Michel Rojkind, and envisioned as an urban development of luxury residences in northern Mexico’s most exclusive corner.” As such Face created a “clean, polished, unobtrusive aesthetic designed to beautifully showcase the project, using sharp, classic typography, and the fool-proof duo of black and gold.”
Daniel Hopwood is a small bespoke London-based multidisciplinary design studio – working within the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and interior design – that offers its clients a creative, practical and personal service.
The studio’s identity, created by Two Times Elliott, takes the often ornamental detail of monograms of the past – a traditional distillation of a craftsman’s pride in product quality and individualised service practice – and gives it a very contemporary, geometric resolution with a solid sense of structure – through a simple consistent line weight and negative space – and a duality that mixes an H with what looks like a table and chair pictogram. Set alongside the broad, generously spaced characters of a sans-serif logo-type and a striking economical single red spot colour, the identity achieves a nice but subtle thematic union of layout, build, furnishing and functionality while the use of an uncoated, mixed-fibre, recycled substrate and a blind deboss across the collateral add a crafted, sustainable undertone that conveys an appreciation for material and material texture.
Shift is a Norwegian brand of high quality supplements from Vitalkost that aims to alter category convention and perception with a clearer and more open presentation of information and encourage a more critical consumer approach to supplement choice. Based around the concept of shifting perspectives, design agency Ghost developed an identity and packaging solution that delivers a new and unusual pharmacological/technological utility alongside more retrospective undertones to convey traditional values, contemporary quality and information accessibility.
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.
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.
NB Flowers is a florist – founded by Neil Birks and located at London’s New Covent Garden Market - that specialises in corporate and private events, delivering value through a combination of ‘beautiful flowers, creativity, and a personable service’.
Multi-disciplinary design agency Karoshi were commissioned to ‘rebrand and reposition NB Flowers as one of London’s leading luxury event florists and capture the essence of the brand – classic with a contemporary twist’. In response the agency created a visual identity solution that, through a serif monogram, sans-serif by-line, purple and white substrates and a block foil print finish, delivers a simple and consistent communicative contrast that successfully draws out the organic detail of the photography utilised across NB’s collateral and website.
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.
Design agency The Company You Keep have recently finished working with bartender Dave Kerr on the naming, branding, collateral design and signage for The Beaufort, a themed dive bar located on Melbourne’s Rathdowne St. The agency’s visual identity solution, a combination of a quirky, well rendered, bespoke logo-type – built from unusual but original uppercase characters inspired by iron dock cleats and American sporting insignia of the 50′s and 60′s – set along a classic curved baseline and executed with a more recent single consistent line weight and rounded terminals. Alongside a neat anchor monogram, type heavy collateral layouts and retro imagery – with an on-trend watery blue tint and a red overprint treatment across a simple white substrate – delivers a distinctive and nautical personality with a sporting undertone and a contemporary simplicity.