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Talawa by Spy, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding, stationery and business cards for UK all black theatre company Talawa by Spy

Talawa, Jamaican patois for “small but feisty”, is an all black theatre company that looked to address the lack of opportunities for minorities and their marginalisation at the time of its founding in 1986. Since then it has established itself as one of the most successful theatres of its type in the United Kingdom.

“Our work is informed by the wealth and diversity of the Black British experience, and through that we create outstanding work by cultivating the best in emerging and established Black artists. We invest in talent, develop audiences and inspire dialogue with and within communities across the UK and internationally. By doing so we enrich the cultural life of all.” – Talawa

Talawa has a diverse portfolio of productions, from Shakespeare to African classics, Oscar Wilde to new Black British, and from Nobel-prize winning playwrights to musicals. Some of these have gone on to win awards, tour internationally, and have provided many of its staff and performers with the skills necessary to go on to develop successful careers in radio, film and television.

London based Graphic design studio Spy worked with the theatre to develop a new brand identity and visual language that would help convey the theatre’s powerful spirit. This went on to include an animated logo, stationery, business cards, posters and website.

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Bord 13 by Snask, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Malmö restaurant Bord 13 by Swedish graphic design studio Snask

Bord 13 is a restaurant, located on Malmö’s Engelbrektsgatan, with a menu that steers clear of the overfished, the modified and unnatural. It is a collaboration between chefs Robert Jacobson and Besnik Gashi, a former Souschef and a Head Sommelier from world-renowned Noma, and features a brand identity and interior design by Scandinavian studio Snask. This extended to material, lighting and furniture choices, and included menu and coaster design, branded chef whites and signage.

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Flamingo by Bibliothèque, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand Identity for Flamingo by Bibliotheque, United Kingdom

Flamingo is an insight and strategy consultancy, founded by Kirsty Fuller and Maggie Collier in 1997, that works with businesses, and at the intersection of people, culture and brands, to help enrich lives by shaping culture and evolving behaviours. The consultancy is described as a group and not just a network, collaborating and sharing across its seven offices throughout Europe, Asia, India and South America.

Flamingo recently worked with London based graphic design studio Bibliothèque to create a new brand identity and visual language that would better reflect who they are, and would speak clearly about their broad range of specialisations. This new brand identity extendeds to printed materials that included business cards, postcards, book cover and tote bags, and an online presence developed in collaboration with Archive Studio.

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