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Milieu Property designed by Studio Hi Ho

Uncoated folder with deboss logo and rubber band detail designed by Hi Ho for Melbourne-based boutique developer Milieu

According to Studio Hi Ho, the branding and communications partnership responsible for this project, Milieu Property is a Melbourne-based ‘boutique developer with an emphasis on creating spaces of influence’. The moniker ‘Milieu’ immediately positions the brand at the cerebral end of the property development spectrum. Indeed, for those without a thesaurus brain, the highfalutin’ vocabulary is even explained on the minimal website.

Do the graphics live up to the name? For me, Studio Hi Ho appears to have risen to the challenge. Interpreting Milieu as a ‘mix of complementary opposites’ has allowed them to play with juxtapositions: in typography; in imagery; and in the choice of substrate.

Guest Opinion written by Shaughn McGurk

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Martino Group designed by Studio Hi Ho

Logo and labels for Australian property developer Martino Group designed by Studio Hi Ho

Martino Group is an Australian property developer with a ‘holistic approach that encompasses art, design and architecture’. Their visual identity, developed by Melbourne-based brand and communication studio Hi Ho, extends a simple typographic observation and minor adjustment into a system that conveys a ‘beautiful but functional’ philosophy, and unites the group’s latest property developments and the limited edition prints and carefully selected hand washes that fill them.

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Marwood designed by Everything In Between

Logo and box design with linen embossed texture by Everything In Between for London-based tie and neckwear brand Marwood

Marwood is London-based tie and neckwear brand founded in 2010. Its collections, handcrafted from British lace and cloth, are sold internationally to boutique stores such as Barneys New York, Tomorrowland Tokyo, Liberty London, and through online retailer Mr.Porter. Multi-disciplinary design studio Everything In Between (EIB) recently developed a new visual identity, label and packaging solution for Marwood that shares the tactile qualities of the product – through material choice and texture – but also delivers sharp professional contrast in their use of geometric form, type and a glossy black ink treatment.

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