Opinion by Richard Baird.
Collective is a contemporary visual arts organisation founded in 1984 to help new and emerging artists exhibit their work in Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh. The organisation delivers a diverse programme of new exhibitions and commissions, and is described as being “fundamental to the cultural vitality of the country”. Following a move to The City Observatory, Glasgow based design studio Graphical House worked with Collective to develop a new brand identity that would challenge the ‘white space’ gallery convention and give them a contemporary voice within Edinburgh.
Elvine is Swedish fashion brand, known for their combination of “good design and smart functionality”, with over 700 retailers throughout Europe. In response to quick expansion and a move from ‘personal affair to hugely popular jacket maker’, Elvine commissioned design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist to develop a new brand identity that would better reflect a philosophy and product line created to address the functional needs of the urban citizen.