St. ERHARD by Bedow, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird

New label design by Swedish studio for three distinct beers from German brewery St Erhard

With a desire to stand out, and in response to the extensive saturation of heritage-related visual cues throughout the German beer market, brewery St. ERHARD worked outside of the country with Swedish studio Bedow to develop a modern graphic identity for three of its brews. Farmer, Mayflower and Saison are premium beers, each of which are crafted, brewed and bottled by St. Erhard in the Bamberg area of Northern Bavaria.

Bedow’s work is characterised by a strong use of contrast, a graphic simplicity and immediacy. This can be seen in the meeting of curvy traditional structure and rectilinear labelling, in the mix of black ink, white substrate and colourful foiling, in the reductive typographical form of the range and the more conventional logotype of St. ERHARD, and finally, the systematic nature of the collection yet the irregularity and playful character of each label.

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Earls.67 by Glasfurd & Walker, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and gift card with gold block foil print finish by Glasfurd & Walker for US and Canadian restaurant chain prototype Earls.67

Earls is a family-owned premium but casual restaurant chain with 66 locations throughout Canada and the United States and a thirty year history. The hospitality sector has seen a lot of change in this time. It continues to be highly competitive and often demands innovation and adaptability to remain relevant. With this in mind, Earls commissioned Canadian graphic design studio Glasfurd & Walker and interior design studio Ste Marie to reimagine the Earls brand as a one-off canteen and bar. Earls.67 is the result of this collaboration.

Earls.67 is a prototype, located at Bankers Hall in downtown Calgary, developed to test collaborations and new ideas. It is inspired by Earls 30 year history of burgers and bustling bars, food with an international twist, experimentation, energy and a focus on customer service. This is reflected in its menu, interior design and throughout a brand identity design that draws on Earls’ heritage and, in the words of Glasfurd & Walker, refocuses this through a contemporary lens. Brand identity runs across a variety of assets, these include, but are not limited to, logo and logotype, menus, interior graphics, business cards, wallpaper, gift cards, growlers and napkins.

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Assembly by Blast, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Hammersmith property development Assembly by Blast, United Kingdom

Assembly is a new 250,000 sq ft. development project managed by Axa Real Estate, located in London’s Hammersmith, and comprised of 4 office buildings, 3 public squares, bars, restaurants and estate wide amenities. As a business hub the development is strategically positioned between Central London and Heathrow, with easy access to the Underground, road and river networks.

Working with Axa Real Estate, Bell Hammer, CBRE and Knight Frank, graphic design studio Blast, alongside naming, developed a cohesive visual identity system for the entire estate, its offices, retail spaces and public facilities with the intention of creating a sense of place. This was achieved through a stencil cut typographical direction that extends across brochures for the site but also individual buildings, as well as marketing campaign, film and responsive website.

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