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V&A Exhibition Road Quarter by dn&co., United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

Poster campaign designed by London-based dn&co. for the opening of the V&A's Exhibition Road Quarter

Exhibition Road Quarter is a new gallery built under and an extension of The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. Although the V&A is known for its commitment to innovation its spaces within an early twentieth century Grade 1 listed building set limitations, with temporary retro-fitted interiors proving to be cramped and inflexible. Without the possibility of outward expansion, the V&A explored the subterranean, embracing innovation in architecture and engineering to create new modern spaces with greater scale and opportunity beneath. To celebrate the distinctive structure created by AL_A, and to tease and then announce the grand opening design studio dn&co. worked with the V&A to develop a campaign of posters and banners. These were unified by the line “A New Way In” and were based around the concept of concealing and then revealing through layers.

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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine by Spy, UK

Opinion by Richard Baird

Graphic identity, prospectus, business and business cards etc. designed by Spy for London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) was founded in 1899 and has established itself as a world leader in the fields of research and postgraduate education in public and global health. The university is made up of more than 4,000 students and 1,000 staff across 100 countries, and is one of the highest-rated research institutions in the United Kingdom.

With a need to articulate a broad offering across both education and research, in a more relevant and engaging way, and a desire to become the first choice for research partners and prospective students amongst increasing competition, LSHTM worked with Spy to develop a new graphic identity that would link a wealth of printed assets. These included, reports, brochures and prospectuses, business cards, flyers and posters.

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Nth Fitzroy by Studio Hi Ho, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird

Nth Fitzroy is a residential property development project from Milieu located in the heart of the inner north of Melbourne. It features 26 uniquely breathable apartments within an innovative architectural structure with an exterior skin of single and double story shutters.

In response to seasonal environmental conditions, the changing light of the day, and the minute by minute activities of its occupants, the intrinsic nature of these shutters within exterior structure give the impression of a living building and a daily rhythm.

Inside, apartments are highly functional but also warm and welcoming, encouraging interaction and engagement. Smart storage space sits alongside moments of simple aesthetic pleasures that include natural material details and tactile high quality finishes. Working with Loose Leaf, Milieu helps to bring nature right into private and shared spaces of Nth Fitzroy’s spaces, to compliment its architectural concept, through a variety of indoor plants.

To help bring to light the unique qualities of the property and its apartments Studio Hi Ho developed a strategy and promotional activity with two distinct components, united by the concept of Breathable Apartments. The first, titled Plants, is a mix of document, website and event run by Plant Hunter, which is dedicated to indoor plants. The second, AM/PM, is a document that explores the life of the building and its surroundings through a cycle of 12 hours. Although this project was completed in 2016, this is the first time it has been published in its entirety online.

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