Opinion by Richard Baird.
Life or Death is a New York and LA based full-service public relations and management business with hip hop roots. It draws its name from the idea that, within the music industry, there is no middle ground, it is either life or death. This abstraction and dual notion manifests itself within the firm’s new brand identity system, designed by DIA, as a black and white colour palette and a contrast of dynamic script logo and a static sans-serif logotype across business cards, artist cards, brochure, tote bags and responsive website. DIA describe their intentions as wanting to create an artistic and fashionable identity that honours Life or Death’s hip hop origins, and marks the firm’s move into fashion, art, and writing.
New York-based studio DIA have developed the brand identity for Fin Collective, a new custom surfboard business from Rick Malwitz, a craftsman who began producing boards in 2004 from a ‘dusty basement in landlocked Philadelphia’. DIA’s solution establishes a minimal but professional platform which avoids the over-enthusiastic, excessive energy and sharp design cues typically associated with the industry, in favour of a restraint and consistency that conveys high quality, craft and Rick’s close personal relationship with the sport, through an abstract logo-mark, uppercase logotype, personal photography and broadly-spaced lowercase typography.