Opinion by Richard Baird.
Bedroc is a Tennessee-based consultancy firm that takes complex business issues and simplifies them with technology to reduce risk, optimise efficiency and creating revenue for its clients (ROC). The firm’s visual identity, created by multidisciplinary design agency Perky Bros, avoids the conventions of the industry and instead favours a direction that draws an analogy between bedrock and technology—the physical stability, sub-surface and base nature of bedrock and the in-depth and founding technological principles and practices of the business—through a logotype and collateral combination that has a layered and earthy quality.
Blanca is a ‘dairy hub’ created to ‘mediate between two extreme poles of the industry; [milk] production and [consumer] knowledge’ and to ‘produce honestly, think critically and consume responsibly.’ Based around a simple stencil cut logo-type solution executed with a monochromatic simplicity and subtle craft cues, Blanca’s visual identity, developed by Barcelona-based brand and graphic design agency Lo Siento, manages to infuse and visually convey the disparate perceptions of commodity and care.
Smith-Wykes is a London and Paris-based male fashion brand driven by the values of ‘creative independence’ ‘generosity of spirit’ and the ‘celebration of character.’ The brand’s visual identity, a combination of simple a san serif logo-type, a reductionist twist on the classic and often highly illustrated crest and a deep blind emboss – created by Studio Small – puts a contemporary and practical spin on traditional values and visuals alongside subtle craft cues.