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David Collins Studio by Bibliothèque Design

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Bibliothèque Design (brand identity) and Future Corp (digital art direction) collaboratively redesign the identity and website of David Collins Studio.

David Collins Studio is an award-winning interior architecture practice working with brands, businesses and private clients who share their passion for detail, craft and refinement. These include Harrods, Nobu Berkeley, The Connaught Bar and those working within the hospitality, residential and retail sectors.

The studio’s work is described as being iconic, timeless and having a dramatic glamour rooted in a methodology that begins with an idea (this could be lateral and oblique to begin with) which then evolves into a palette of materials, colours and moods, often transforming the familiar into the exotic. This is expressed in the collaborative actions of Bibliothèque Design (brand identity) and Future Corp (digital art direction) to redesign graphic identity and website. This features a subtle intersection of typographic form (custom typeface), material and finish (stationery and business cards) and viewpoints (website).

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Assembly by Ragged Edge

Opinion by Richard Baird & Seth Rowden

Graphic identity designed by Ragged Edge for short stay hotel Assembly London

Assembly is a new hotel from Criterion Capital located on London’s Charing Cross Road. It throws out expensive amenities to instead focus on delivering fun yet sophisticated rooms in a central location. These rooms are aimed at experience-hungry young travellers and competitively priced with interiors inspired by London fashion icons and furnished with best in class beds, showers, sound-proofing and wi-fi.

Brand strategy, developed by Ragged Edge, positions Assembly as the antithesis of the stay in and cosy offering of other hotels. “Get Up And Go” delivers this in a concise and impassioned manner. This is supported by emotive and enthusiastic copywriting and a graphic identity of typographical juxtaposition and imagery that focuses on access to an exciting and diverse urban experience rather than an interior indulgence. This connects posters, interior and exterior signage, social media imagery, tote bags, key cards and packaging.

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Helsinki by Werklig

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logo, graphic identity and print communications designed by Werklig for the Finnish city of Helsinki

In August 2017 Scandinavian design studio Werklig was commissioned to develop the graphic identity for the Finnish city of Helsinki, a capital with an urban region of roughly 1.4 million inhabitants and 751,000 jobs. The challenge was to resolve a disparate and fragmented visual system that represented a broad range of public services, departments and development projects that were helping and informing a diverse group of people. These included locals, national and international visitors, those looking to make their home in Helsinki or seeking asylum. Although each entity had its own logo, these were often tenuously linked by the city’s coat of arms. This served as the beginnings of a new and integrated identity program.

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