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Natasha Alphonse Ceramics by Shore, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and product card by Seattle-based design studio Shore for Natasha Alphonse Ceramics

Natasha Alphonse is a ceramic artist raised in the Saskatchewan province of Canada who now works from a studio in the US city of Seattle. Her ceramics are characterised by a mix of simple forms, irregular surfaces and an earthiness in colour and texture. With a desire to scale her brand into a viable business Natasha worked with American graphic design studio Shore to develop a new visual identity and retail platform. This included business cards, headed paper, product cards, art direction and e-commerce website.

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Kate Wallich by Shore, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Custom Franklin Gothic logotype and business card for director and choreographer Kate Wallich designed by Shore

Kate Wallich is an American award-winning choreographer, dancer and director whose work has been commissioned and presented nationally and internationally by arts organisations such as On The Boards, The Frye Art Museum and Northwest Dance Project, amongst many others. Alongside Lavinia Vago, Kate Wallich is also founder of Seattle based contemporary dance company The YC, and teaches her own brand of movement classes from her studio in Seattle, Washington.

Kate’s personal brand identity, developed by graphic design studio Shore, and which included business cards and website, utilises bold custom typography as a way to explore the physicality of dance, establish a personal and distinctive tone of voice, and capture some of the unique aesthetic qualities that permeate all of Kate’s activities and ventures.

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Stone Way Cafe by Shore, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype and monogram for Stone Way Cafe designed by Shore

Stone Way Cafe, formerly the Tiny Ninja Cafe, is a Seattle based neighbourhood meeting point, music venue and internet cafe, in the area of Fremont, with a formidable, geometric, concrete exterior structure and a warmer interior of wood surfaces created by goCstudio. Design studio Shore, working closely with signwriters and fabricators, created a brand identity treatment for the cafe, which included a variety of typographical assets, signage and business cards, that takes its inspiration from the industry and personality of the neighbourhood.

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