January’s Top 5 Projects 2013

January's Top 5 Projects 2013

These are the five projects I reviewed during January that I felt really stood out and wanted to give them another opportunity to be seen and shared. I have ordered these from five to one with my favourite project presented last. It is a largely a reductionist collection but I believe each manages to deliver a lot of communicative through a simple balance of graphic design assets, material textures, print finishes and in the case of Filmfaktisk, photography. Do you agree with my choices?


05 Milieu Property designed by Hi Ho

Milieu - Logo and stationery designed by Hi Ho

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.

Guest opinion written by Shaughn McGurk

Read the review here


04 Marwood designed by Everything In Between

Marwood - Logo and packaging designed by Everything In Between

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.

Read the review here


03 Bedroc designed by Perky Bros

Bedroc - Logo and stationery designed by Perky Bros.

Bedroc is a Tennessee-based technological consultancy firm that takes complex business issues and simplifies them with technology, reducing risk, optimising efficiency, and creating revenue for its clients (ROC). The firm’s visual identity, created by multidisciplinary design agency Perky Bros, avoids the saturated, ‘accessible’ conventions of the industry in favour of a direction that visualises the bedrock/technological analogy of the name – the physical stability, sub surface and base nature of bedrock and the layered, in-depth and founding technological principles of the business – through a logo-type and collateral solution that has a structural and earthy sensibility.

Read the review here


02 Iannilli designed by Savvy

Ianilli - Logo, stationery and print designed by Savvy

Iannilli is a traditional Italian restaurant located in the Mexican city of Monterrey. Its visual identity, recently revised by design studio Savvy, contrasts classic and contemporary design cues to satisfy an established clientele – expecting traditional food and service – while also appealing to a younger generation.

Read the review here


01 Film­fak­tisk designed Heydays

Filmfaktisk - Logo, stationery and location photography created by Heydays

Film­fak­tisk is a Norwegian team of film pro­duc­ers – with a strong focus on loca­tions – that produces both com­mer­cial and fic­tional pieces work. Their visual identity, created by Oslo-based design agency Heydays, cleverly appropriates the physical realities and limitations of sign making and turns it into a positive and distinctive asset that visualises – through a simple line detail that connects the stems and the tittles of the i’s and a stylised single colour finish to the texture and detail of on-site, sign photography – a practical but creative approach to on-location shooting. It is a very simple treatment but one that brings a proprietary quality to a familiar sans-serif typeface that cohesively binds print, film and digital touch-points.

Read the review here

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