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Virginia Hayward by Salad, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding by Salad for British hamper business Virginia Hayward

Virginia Hayward is a family run business that creates hampers and gifts for both the retail and wholesale markets. It began life 30 years ago, from home, on a kitchen table, and has developed into one of the largest hamper companies working in the UK today.

With ambitious plans for growth, Virginia Hayward worked with Bournemouth and London based graphic design studio Salad to reimagine and resolve what had become a diluted set of assets across a variety of touch points with a new brand identity system. This system went on to include a new logotype, colour palette, campaign brochure, seasonal photography, business card design and website.

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Room Essentials by Collins, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, photography and packaging by Collins for Target's modernistic home furnishings range Room Essentials

Room Essentials is a line of modernist home furnishings created and sold by American retailer Target. The range covers over 2,000 products across 60 categories, and includes items such as blankets, lighting, chairs, tables and tableware.

While securing significant revenue for the retailer, the range has, over the last five years, experienced a downturn in sales generated by its Millennial demographic. With this in mind, and with the intention of recapturing the enthusiasm for and interest in the range, Target commissioned New York based Collins to reimagine Room Essential’s brand identity.

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Marco Marco by Acre, Singapore

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Sans-serif logotype and business card design by Acre for Singapore based Italian restaurant brand Marco Marco

Marco Marco is an Italian restaurant business with five locations across the city-state of Singapore and an affordable menu made up of international interpretations of classic dishes. These are created from simple recipes inspired by modern food culture using fresh locally sourced ingredients. The name, a reference to the adventures of merchant traveller Marco Polo, was chosen to reflect the international meeting point of ingredients and cultures.

Marco Marco’s brand identity, designed by Acre, draws on the simplicity and accessibility of the experience, the quality and creativity of the dishes and their modern international influences, and visualises these through the juxtaposition of a simple type alongside the detail of deconstructed dish photography. The project included business card and menu design.

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