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Pia Ulin Photography by The Studio, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and letterpress stationery for Pia Ulin Photography by The Studio, Sweden

Pia Ulin is a Swedish photographer, working between New York and Stockholm, who has built a considerable reputation from her daylight-only approach. This is said to infuse her images, which cover interior, lifestyle and still life, with a warm and natural quality.

As well as producing editorial photography for publications such as Dwell, Martha Stewart and Elle Decoration, Pia has also contributed images to the books Monochrome Home, Colourful with Lotta Agaton and Kinfolk Home, and has worked for high profile brands such as H&M Home, Ikea, Williams Sonoma and Anthropologie.

Following a recent move to New York, Pia worked with Scandinavian graphic design company The Studio to develop a new brand identity and website that would compliment and reflect her aesthetic, and function as a clean backdrop for presenting work. This went on to also include letterpress business cards, stationery set, portfolio postcards and box.

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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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