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The University of Sydney by Maud, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Prospectus / undergraduate guide for The University of Sydney by graphic design studio Maud, Australia

Although The University of Sydney is recognised as the oldest university in Australia, one steeped in history, it has, more recently, suffered from a decline in its rank and the perception that it is unwilling to adapt to a changing, increasingly competitive and well-branded educational landscape. In response to this the university worked with Surry Hills based graphic design studio Maud to reposition it in a way that would bet­ter reflect its for­ward think­ing nature and pion­eer­ing spirit. This was achieved through a diverse typographical approach to communication, bound by a limited colour palette and applied to undergraduate guides, posters, brochures and website.

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Finchtail by Believe in, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and packaging designed by Believe In for Finchtail and its mobile phone and tablet stand

Finchtail is dedicated to the design and manufacture of simple, useful and sustainable solutions to everyday problems. Its first product, a low-cost, flat-packed card tablet and mobile phone stand, features a distinctive brand identity and packaging design treatment developed by UK based graphic design studio Believe in. Monospaced type and corrugated card sit alongside die cut detail, white ink, a bold pattern and a bright dyed board, carefully balancing moments of utility, quality and aesthetic flourish. Alongside visual identity and packaging design, Believe in went on to create point-of-sale, website, marketing materials and a stop-frame video in collaboration with Thank You Mam.

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Husler & Rose by Post, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and black block foil print for Husler & Rose designed by Post

Husler & Rose is an online boutique and occasional pop-up store that retails thoughtfully designed, carefully constructed and long-lasting furniture, homeware and lifestyle objects sourced from across the UK and Europe, professionally and sensitively restored by owner and furniture maker Ben Rowland.

Inspired by Herbert Bayer’s Bauhaus posters and the jazz record sleeves of Duke Ellington, London based graphic design studio Post created a new brand identity treatment for Husler & Rose that included logotype, postcards, business cards and promotional pieces. These capture the crafted and considerately designed nature of the store’s curated catalogue through the high quality finishes of white ink and black block foil, hand stamped detail, geometric patterns and a contrast of serif, script and sans-serif typography, across dyed papers and unbleached boards.

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