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Ascari by Blok Design

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logotype, menus, signage and package design by Blok for Italian resteruant Ascari

Ascari is an Italian restaurant which two locations, one on Queens Street East and another newly opened establishment on King St West. Toronto, Canada. It is named after the proprietor’s hero, Formula 1 legend, Alberto Ascari, (who was also known for his love of food). To reflect both the passion for good simple food and racing, design studio Blok developed an identity that brings together the visual cues and photography of 1950’s motor sport with a modern use of colour–the striking blue of Alberto Ascari’s helmet–and the outlines and solid fill logotype. These link coasters, business cards, signage and menus.

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LogoArchive Issue 1 Limited Re-Issue (200)

LogoArchive #1 – Logo design zine published by BP&O and designed by Richard Baird

This first edition of LogoArchive in print was conceived, designed and sent to the printers for quotation within a day. It was inspired by a panel discussion that took place the day before at Somerset House as part of the exhibition Print! Tearing It Up.

This first issue was a compact 10 pages printed on Colorplan Ebony 135gsm with five passes of white and finished with black staples, it was a small first step that was the foundation of a series of 5 numbered issues and an ExtraIssue from CanadaModern. It was the first printed piece to fall under BP&O’s new publishing platform.

LogoArchive Issue 1 sold out in two days, and was followed by three three other sellouts. The series has been kindly be published on Dezeen, It’s Nice That, Brand New, Creative Boom, LogoDesignLove and Design Week, and has been featured in the April 2019 issue of Computer Arts Magazine.

With a desire to continue to push the zine forward, explore new concepts, themes and material options as well as insert configurations, LogoArchive Issue 1 has a limited re-issue of 200 copies. These can also be purchased with LogoArchive Issue 5 here.


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LogoArchive Issue 5 by BP&O

The technical limitations of the mid-century—the need for a steady hand and a precise mind for mechanical reproduction—demanded that an exceptional level of care and creativity be given over to shape and space, association and perception. These considerations created a rich corporate and consumer form language and range of graphic techniques. These have been partly marginalised, usurped by modern print and display technologies. They do remain as useful reference points in which to help create an effective symbol today, one that works well in a black or white, can be used with vibrant inks, seductive materials and eye-catching finishes as well as being displayed in motion on ever more diverse screens types. With this in mind, LogoArchive returns with an issue dedicated to some of the techniques of mid-century symbol-making. Visit our shop here.


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