Polish design agency For Brands were recently commissioned to create a new visual identity for Seam, a distributor of luxury clothing brands, that would convey a sense of craftsmanship and an eye for detail. For Brands mixes classic typographic detail with contemporary customisation delivered across tactile material choices with hand finished detail, fusing urban, craft and fashion sensibilities.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Cemento is the UK distributor of an Italian lightweight concrete product that can be used for wall panelling and furniture. Inspired by brutalist design — a movement that grew out of early 20th century modernist architecture and described by Wikipedia as being “linear, fortresslike and blockish” — London based studio S-T developed a visual identity for Cemento that included logo, logotype, brand guidelines, tote bag, box tape, brochure, postcards and business card design.
Using geometric form, sans-serif typography, dyed material choice, white ink, a repeating pattern and limited colour palette, S-T establishes a robust and distinctive solution that reflects the modular and functional nature of concrete, the aesthetic qualities of the product, and its adoption by contemporary furniture and interior designers.
Olaf is a Mexican cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil produced by Olivarera Italo-Mexicana – a Mexican Italian collaboration – intended for healthy, home-cooked, family meals and makes up one-third of Olivarera ‘s olive oil range, which also includes Valentto and Olive Gold. Anagrama, the design agency behind Olaf’s new visual identity, print materials and packaging, describe their approach as taking “typical Italian visual clichés and simplifies and refreshes them.”