Flatpack is a film festival that sets up its projectors at interesting locations throughout the city of Birmingham during March and describes its events as a mixture of film, performance, contraption and surprises. Flatpack has been running annually for ten years whilst also developing year-round initiatives that include community archive projects, pedal-powered screenings, bespoke short film programmes, pub gigs and animation workshops.
London based design studio Dot Dash were commissioned to develop a new visual identity for this year’s Flatpack festival, which included a new name, logo, programme, promotional materials and merchandise, that would establish a strong, recognisable and flexibility foundation that could be built upon with each new event.
Celestine Eleven is a fashion and homeware store located in London’s Shoreditch that describes itself as having its “roots firmly founded in counter culture”, adding “a new holistic realm to the retail experience” and aiming to provide an alternative, luxury concept store that offers a “means to live well within all spheres: aesthetically, intellectually and spiritually” by honouring the importance of each through the “unique selection of product”.
The store’s visual identity, designed by Construct, contrasts bright white papers, heavy boards and a blind sculpted emboss (reminiscent of carved marble surfaces) with uncoated unbleached carriers and black foil detail bound by the carved depth of roman numeral and sans-serif logotype. These deliver the significant restraint you would expect of a high fashion brand, a retrospective nod to the concept of timeless style (and perhaps the grandiosity of the past tempered by contemporary understatement) and a sense of high tactile quality and craftsmanship.