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The Beaufort designed by The Company You Keep

Logo for Melbourne-based themed dive bar The Beaufort, designed by The Company You Keep

Design agency The Company You Keep (TCYK) have recently finished working with bartender Dave Kerr on the naming, branding, collateral design and signage for The Beaufort, a themed dive bar located on Melbourne’s Rathdowne St. The agency’s visual identity solution, a combination of a quirky, well rendered, bespoke logo-type – built from unusual but original uppercase characters inspired by iron dock cleats and American sporting insignia of the 50’s and 60’s – set along a classic curved baseline and executed with a more recent single consistent line weight and rounded terminals.

Alongside a neat anchor monogram, type heavy collateral layouts and retro imagery -with an on-trend watery blue tint and a red overprint treatment across a simple white substrate – delivers a distinctive and nautical personality with a sporting undertone and a contemporary simplicity.

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Sweet Greek designed by Studio Brave

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype for Melbourne food store Sweet Greek designed by Studio Bravo

Sweet Greek is a food store run by Kathy Tsaples, located in Melbourne’s Prahran Market, that sells classic sweets and authentic, freshly baked, ready-to-eat Greek cuisine. The store’s visual identity, created by Studio Brave and Elise Lampe, mixes the loose and personal qualities of a hand rendered logo-type and monogram with illustrations of meats, olives and laurel wreathes. Executed across a tactile, uncoated board with elements associated with craft such as string, stickers, the texture of a hand stamped print finish and a single, economical, cobalt blue—reminiscent of china dining sets and the Greek national flag—these elements convey a culinary honesty representative of authentic products made from simple, local and good quality ingredients.

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Revolver designed by Toko

Logo for film production company Revolver designed by Toko

Revolver is an Australian film production company with a string of awards and a diverse collection of directors and producers. Their visual identity, refreshed by Sydney-based independent design agency Toko, is a simple, clean and coherent expanding logo-type solution – built from the single, well spaced, all uppercase sans serif Helvetica – that utilises a ‘This Is’ prefix to bind, through typographical consistency, a variety of communication and the directors. Its over-sized application alongside finer details, full bleed, bright neon spot highlights and the juxtaposition of both vertical and horizontal layouts across the collaterals introduce a creative and multi-perspective sensibility that keeps the solution from appearing too corporate.

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