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Run Mfg by Perky Bros, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo and business cards by Perky Bros for Chicago-based independent race design and production company Run Mfg

Run Mfg is an independent race design and production company, creating unique running events with a high-level of detail and creativity, founded by husband and wife team Nathan Barnhart and Elaine Lau working from their studio in Chicago. Nathan and Elaine commissioned graphic design studio Perky Bros to develop a brand identity that would link a variety of printed collateral, which included business cards and race plans, with digital experience. Brand identity is characterised by a series of paths, an electric blue and white colour palette, and a sense of motion.

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Norwegian Structure by Bielke & Yang, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, branding and print by Oslo-based studio Bielke & Yang for contemporary crafts and design exhibition Norwegian Structure

Structure is an exhibition of Norwegian contemporary crafts and design that began its European journey at Milan Design Week in April 2017 and is currently being held at Norwegische Botschaft in Berlin until April 2017. The exhibition features the work of 26 designers and studios, and covers a variety of products and prototypes; from furniture to lighting, to ceramics, textiles and home accessories. Structure intends to bring to the light the designer and manufacturing partnerships, and the intersection of craft and design, artistry and innovation that characterises the Norwegian creative scene. This intersection is expressed by the exhibition’s brand identity, created by Oslo-based graphic design studio Bielke & Yang, through type and typesetting, illustrative texture and art direction, proportionality, layering and materiality.

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Superkül by Blok, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and note card by Toronto-based graphic design studio Blok for Canadian architecture firm Superkül

Superkül is an Canadian architectural firm with a portfolio that is described as having an understated boldness, subtlety and spacial richness, and a process that intends to find the essence of each project and remain true to this throughout design and development. Superkül has won many awards and is considered one of Canada’s most progressive architecture firms.

To celebrate their first ten years Superkül worked with Toronto-based graphic design studio Blok on a book that would both serve as a collection of work but also as a reflection of the firm’s unique philosophy and design approach. This was an exercise in discovery and a clarity of positioning which was then expressed materially through subtle paper transitions, finishes and printing techniques. This can be seen here.

Blok follows this up with the launch of Superkül’s new brand identity next week. Where book, in its comprehensive yet singular form could be seen as the strategic component of branding, one that clarified approach and direction, visual identity is the distillation and expression of this across of variety of new assets. These included wordmark, business cards, notebooks, packaging, stationery and website.

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Heritage: A User’s Manual by Bond, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and print communication by Bond for Heritage: A User's Manual, an exhibition in London's Southbank Centre

Heritage: A User’s Manual was an exhibition at Southbank Centre’s Archive Studio—a temporary space located within the foyer of the Royal Festival Hall—that took place between the 24th November – 13th December 2016. The exhibition was curated by MA Culture, Criticism and Curation students from London art school Central Saint Martins and “was founded on the belief that the heritage of a building is characterised by the ever-changing contributions of its community.”

The London office of international graphic design studio Bond worked to develop a visual identity for the exhibition that would create a unifying visual story for the different eras it covered. Drawing on the archival material and architectural components that were the basis of the exhibition, Bond created an typographical visual identity, based around MuirMcNeil’s Cut, that is utilitarian, structural and of two different historical periods in its stencil cut qualities and lettershapes. This, alongside bright colour, warm greys and material quality, links programme, information packs and single sheets.

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