The Cannonball is a Spanish production studio that develops ‘creative and sophisticated audio-visual narratives’ within the fields of broadcast television, photography, social media, fashion films and motion graphics. Their visual identity, developed by Barcelona-based brand and graphic design agency Lo Siento working in collaboration with Dave Sedgwick, utilises a ball bearing, grid-based concept to give the associated force of the name a precision and a practical sense of creativity.
These are the five projects I reviewed during February 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?
Tegn_03 is a Norwegian, multidisciplinary, architectural design studio that, through inclusive methods, process-oriented and competent project management, deliver holistic solutions that encompass the fields of architecture, planning and landscape, to large clients across Scandinavia. Their visual identity, developed by Neue, draws together the themes of technical knowledge, structure, connections, collaboration and creativity through neutral typography, a modular and expanding geometric pattern, tactile and reflective print finishes, ample white space and the more unusual, playful addition of colour and the engagement of an interactive image generator.
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.
Massproductions is a Stockholm-based furniture company – established in 2009 by designers Chris Martin and Magnus Elebäck – that develops ”high quality, tactile furniture in a modernist spirit’. The firm’s visual identity, developed by creative branding and communication agency Britton Britton, neatly mixes a structural, typographical authority with craft textures and confidently appropriates an upholstered colour palette of the past.
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.
The Tokenhouse is a gastropub – run by hospitality brand Fuller’s - located on London’s Moorgate road. Designers Anonymous – the agency behind the branding of Fuller’s King’s Cross pub venture The Parcel Yard and fair-trade coffee range Brewer St. – developed a visual identity for the venue that appropriates 17th century history, gives it a contemporary vector treatment, a creative but cohesive diversity throughout the print work and a high quality finish across the exterior signage.