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Wenford Dries by ico Design, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and architects pack for North Cornwall property development Wenford Dries by London based graphic design studio ico.

Wenford Dries is a new property development in the scenic area of North Cornwall. It will be made up of loft-style homes, artist studios, allotments and wild gardens, set on the site, and within the structure of, a former clay drying factory that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. This is said to have been sensitively restored. The development is billed as an urban-style regeneration and retreat in an area of significant natural beauty.

London based design studio ico Design created a brand identity for the development that would communicate the vision of the project and evoke a sense of place to investors and off-plan buyers. This dual market was addressed through two key assets, an architects pack and a lifestyle magazine bound by a diverse but cohesive visual language of type, clay grey boards, colourful photography and emotive language.

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MOS Architects by Studio Lin, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity, print and promotion by Studio Lin for New York based architectural practice MOS.

MOS is an American architectural practice that mixes playful experimentation with serious research. The practice, as it exists now, following two years of what seems to be an informal approach, was established in 2005, and has worked through a range of design experiments it describes as a make-believe of architectural fantasies, problems, and thoughts on what the practice would be building in the future. MOS now has a broad portfolio that includes institutions, housing and retail, installations, furniture, essays, software and film.

MOS Architect’s brand identity, developed by New York based Studio Lin, has a stripped down aesthetic with an intentionally generic quality that uses on-demand printing processes to cover promotional pieces, request for quote documents, publications, stationery and business cards.

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Biber Architects by Spin, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Biber Architects designed by Spin

Biber Architects is the New York based practice of teacher, author, architect and former Pentagram partner James Biber. Biber is made up of a tightly organized, highly experienced, and efficient team that have been producing design-led work—where others are process-focused or ideologically orientated—for more than 25 years.

The practice was conceived as a place to tackle architectural work from a fresh perspective, one that can respond to an industry that continues to experience significant change brought on by the personal computer, Internet ubiquity, rapid prototyping, instant and real-time communications, and the separation of design and production. Projects have included the Harley-Davidson Museum, the Fashion Center Needle and Button, and the Glass House Visitors Centre.

Biber’s visual identity, created by UK based graphic design studio Spin and which included logotype, business cards, stationery and website design, is described as having a playful structure and an economy of expression that make a connection with the philosophies of the practice.

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