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The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art by Maud, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Black block foiled corporate handbook designed by Maud for The National Insti­tute of Dra­matic Art

The National Institute of Dramatic Art is a national education and training organisation for the performing arts in Australia, and is respons­ible for developing the talents of some of the country’s biggest stars. With the continued demo­crat­isa­tion of per­form­ance through digital platforms such as Youtube, and concerns that this had the potential to undermine NIDA’s con­ser­vatoire approach, NIDA pursues a tech­nical mas­tery as a way to preserve a high stand­ard of education.

NIDA looked to design studio Maud to help redesign its visual identity system in a way that help a world-renowned organisation maintain its international presence, prominence and authority within an increasingly accessible field, and broaden its appeal beyond the dramatic arts to include per­form­ance skills across a wide range of industries. The project included logotype, signage, prospectus, business cards, brand guidelines and brochure.

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Adisgladis by Bedow, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Yellow business cards for clothing and gadget retailer Adisgladis designed by Bedow

Adisgladis is a Swedish clothing, accessories, outdoor gear and gadget retailer with premises on Stockholm’s Wollmar Yxkullsgatan street. It has a distinctive interior of copper pipe racks, die cut card hangers, wood fibre and chipboard surfaces, and a philosophy that embraces organic, up-cycled and positive living. Adisgladis’ new visual identity, developed by Stockholm based graphic design studio Bedow, draws on the retailer’s interior, its positive and sustainable ideologies and an element of utility and technology, visualising these using a mix of illustration, pictograms, type, colour and material choice across bags, packaging, signage, stationery, business cards and storefront display.

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The Stow Brothers designed by Build

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Edge painted business card design by Build for East London estate agent The Stow Brothers

The Stow Brothers is an estate agent working within the area of Walthamstow, a place where urban London meets the Epping Forest, and is described by the estate agent as a rapidly expanding community of like-minded people looking for a place with a strong sense of community, plenty of culture, good food and a decent pint.

UK-based graphic design studio Build worked with The Stow Brothers to develop a new brand identity—which went on to include monogram, stationery, business cards, website, copywriting, sale, sold and to let by boards, with assets created by local trade, craftsmen and artists—that reflected their love for the area and would distinguish them from the other estate agents operating in the same postcode. The identity was expanded upon later in the year to include a mini exhibition and a distinctive direct mail campaign in support of the nearby Wetlands project.

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