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Life or Death by DIA, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for PR and management business Life Or Death by DIA

Life or Death is a New York and LA based full-service public relations and management business with hip hop roots. It draws its name from the idea that, within the music industry, there is no middle ground, it is either life or death. This abstraction and dual notion manifests itself within the firm’s new brand identity system, designed by DIA, as a black and white colour palette and a contrast of dynamic script logo and a static sans-serif logotype across business cards, artist cards, brochure, tote bags and responsive website. DIA describe their intentions as wanting to create an artistic and fashionable identity that honours Life or Death’s hip hop origins, and marks the firm’s move into fashion, art, and writing.

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Design Museum by Bond, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype and tickets designed by Bond for for Helsinki's Design Museum – Designmuseo

Designmuseo is a Finnish design museum, housed in a late 19th century building by architect Gustaf Nyström, and located on Helsinki’s Korkeavuorenkatu Street. The museum exhibits national and international work from the fields of fashion, industrial and graphic design, and, alongside its permanent exhibition of Finnish design from 1870 to the present, also hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

With the intention of raising the museum’s profile and improving visitor experience Designmuseo worked with Bond to develop a new visual identity treatment which included exhibition design, signage, wayfinding, marketing and web design. Inspired by Finnish designer and architect Alvar Aalto, Bond’s system leverages a modular aesthetic to link bold and reductive forms with detailed typographical arrangements in a way that blurs the line between creative play and a sense of industry.

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Kate Wallich by Shore, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Custom Franklin Gothic logotype and business card for director and choreographer Kate Wallich designed by Shore

Kate Wallich is an American award-winning choreographer, dancer and director whose work has been commissioned and presented nationally and internationally by arts organisations such as On The Boards, The Frye Art Museum and Northwest Dance Project, amongst many others. Alongside Lavinia Vago, Kate Wallich is also founder of Seattle based contemporary dance company The YC, and teaches her own brand of movement classes from her studio in Seattle, Washington.

Kate’s personal brand identity, developed by graphic design studio Shore, and which included business cards and website, utilises bold custom typography as a way to explore the physicality of dance, establish a personal and distinctive tone of voice, and capture some of the unique aesthetic qualities that permeate all of Kate’s activities and ventures.

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