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Rimowa by Commission, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

Wordmark designed by Bureau Borsche & Commission studio for functional luxury luggage manufacturer Rimowa

Rimowa, an abbreviation and then compound of founder Richard Morszeck Warenzeichen name, is a Cologne based manufacturer of luxury luggage. It has a significant history, beginning in 1898 as a travel and leather goods maker known for its innovative approach, and growing to become an international brand with a distinctive line of polycarbonate and aluminium products.

Rimowa’s first fully aluminium designs were created following a fire in 1937. This destroyed all the materials except for the metal, and led to the development of durable and light weight aluminium product which is now complimented by an equally light weight and durable range constructed from polycarbonate. Both feature Rimowa’s distinctive ribbed relief across their surfaces.

To help reaffirm Rimowa’s position as a global leader and celebrate its 120th year, Commission worked with Chief Executive Alexandre Arnault and Chief Brand Officer Hector Muelas to develop a new “timeless” and “stylish” graphic identity to support future activities and deliver a considered and cohesive brand experience for Rimowa customers.

Commission introduce a monogram, new typographic style, colour palette and pattern motif to the workmark designed by Munich-based Bureau Borsche. And through graphic identity, material language and mechanism link a variety of touch points. These include packaging, retail experience and in-luggage items, as well as giftboxes, retail bags, owner manuals, guarantee cards, luggage tags, dust bags and liquids bags.

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Deptford X by IYA Studio, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logo and branded t-shirts designed by IYA Studio for arts festival Deptford X

Deptford X is an arts festival that takes place over ten days across a number of public sites and spaces throughout the district of Deptford, south-east London, with the intention of engaging audiences in active and unexpected ways. This year’s festival, the 18th, builds on a new curatorial approach which was first trialled in 2016. To coincide with and mark this change, the festival worked with IYA Studio to develop a new visual identity. This included a flexible logo and system of arrows and x’s that link programmes, posters, supergraphics, t-shirts and tote bags, and express the dual nature of the festival and some of the character of the area.

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Campus by MultiAdaptor, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

Brand identity and brochure design by MultiAdaptor for Google's co-working and event space concept Campus

Campus is Google’s network of co-working and event spaces for the many start-ups it has and continues to help fund. These are located in London, Madrid, Warsaw, São Paulo, Seoul, and Tel Aviv, with another to open in Berlin soon. The Campus community has over 80,000 members and collectively received over $537 million in funding which has created more than 11,000 jobs. Campus is described by MultiAdaptor, the design studio behind its recent rebranding, as being positioned slightly away from the main Google brand. The studio’s brand identity design for Campus reflects this. It also captures and expresses the startup spirit and energy of the entrepreneurs and founders, employees and investors, who make up the Campus community through a DIY aesthetic of words, images and colour. This approach intends to be democratic in nature and invite participation.

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