Opinion by Richard Baird.
Signet is a new pencil range developed by British home, outdoor and lifestyle retailer Pedlars, who applied their expertise to an own-brand product line following a lengthy international search for the perfect pencil. 100, the first of the Signet range and launched in November this year, is made from American basswood, finished in orange with a silver foil detail and crafted by a long-established family-run business in the Czech Republic.
Well Made Studio were given an open brief by Pedlars to select the pencil finish and develop a complementary visual identity and packaging treatment. Informed by modern typography from the mid-20th century with consideration given to future ranges, and using a bright orange board and white ink, the studio looked to create a solid and minimal solution that would stand out from what they describe as a market of fussy vintage-inspired competitors.
Passport is an independent Leeds based brand identity and print design studio founded in 2012 by Jonathan Finch and Rosalind Stoughton. The studio’s approach is informed by international destinations and design culture, and looks to create thoughtful and effective visual identities that strike a balance between classic and contemporary aesthetics, and crafted and unconventional material choices and print processes. This philosophy is reflected in a revised brand identity treatment, designed to coincide with the studio’s second anniversary, that included new business cards, stationery set and responsive website.
The Empire Café is a pop-up venue located in Glasgow’s Merchant City that looks to explore Scotland’s relationship with the North Atlantic slave trade through coffee, sugar, tea, cotton, music, visual art, poetry, debate, workshops, walks, film and literature. The café’s brand identity, a ship-like logo, bold sans-serif typography and both a limited and rich approach to print, designed by Graphical House, is described as linking a contemporary ‘artistic programme and poetry anthology with contributors gathered from across the Commonwealth’, and references cross sea trade of the past.