Opinion by Maisie Benson.
G . F Smith is an independent British paper merchant with a heritage dating back to 1885 and a loyal staff, some of whom have provided over 20 years of loyal service. Made Thought, the design studio behind the visual identity for G . F Smith’s distinctive Colorplan range, were recently commissioned to develop a new brand identity for the company that would better reflect the legacy, stature and future ambitions of the company. This included a new logo and logotype, sample and heritage booklets, stationery, pin badges and website.
Today’s review was written by Maisie Benson, a final year graphic design student studying at Falmouth university. Maisie has secured placements at renowned studios jkr, Smith & Milton and B&B Studio, and has a keen interest in brand identity and packaging design.
The Swedish History Museum is one of the country’s largest museums with a collection of over 10 million objects from a history that spans thousands of years. The museum also functions as a venue for lectures, concerts and a variety of activities.
Stockholm-based design studio Bold were recently commissioned to develop a new brand identity for the museum that would revitalise the visitor experience, position it as Sweden’s number one storyteller and arouse curiosity and interest in Swedish history. The studio’s solution, which included a logo and logotype, pictograms, print communication, book and interior and exterior signage, is an acute juxtaposition of past and present achieved through the union of disparate type, image, colour and texture.