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Nota Bene by Blok, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Toronto restaurant Nota Bene by graphic design studio Blok, Canada

Nota Bene is a restaurant, located on Toronto’s Queen Street West, with a menu made from locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. It was opened by chef David Lee and business partners Yannick Bigourdan and Franco Prevedello in 2008, and was awarded “Best New Restaurant” by Toronto Life and enRoute Magazine soon after.

To coincide with the restaurant’s 2016 relaunch—which saw David Lee take sole ownership and the unveiling of a new menu and interior—Nota Bene worked with Canadian graphic design studio Blok to develop a new visual identity. This was inspired by David Lee’s approach to food and the restaurant’s new environment; a marriage of organic detail and contemporary materiality created by +tongtong, and runs across menus, stationery, business cards, postcards, coasters, packaging and website.

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f32 by Blok Design, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and block foil business cards by Blok for LA based trend-watching company f32

f32 is an American trend-watching company, founded by Gina and Lisa Priolo, with an office in LA and a commitment to finding and championing artists and brands that will go on to shape global culture. f32 worked with graphic design studio Blok Design to better express this vision, and their refined and highly contemporary aesthetic sensitivities. This was achieved through naming and visual identity in print across business cards, stickers, stationery and trend report, and online with a new responsive website.

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Coalition for Engaged Education designed by Blok

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo and print design by Blok for LA based education organisation the Coalition for Engaged Education (CEE)

The Coalition for Engaged Education, formerly New Visions Foundation, is an LA based organisation, led by Dr Paul Cummins, that helps vulnerable children and young adults to realise their potential through an approach to education that respects and inspires them. CEE recently worked with design studio Blok to develop a new visual identity that would mark the organisation’s new national ambitions.

The result, a logo that is both wordmark and icon, stationery and posters bound by a broad colour palette and uncoated papers, is described by Blok as reflecting CEE’s process of transforming and uplifting, and emphasises the system of support it provides its students. Emotive language complements this approach by turning CEE into a verb, with the intention of giving voice to its beliefs and to the students’ own hopes and dreams.

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