Aspira Urval is a banking, finance and insurance recruitment specialist with offices in the Swedish city of Stockholm. Its new brand identity, designed by BVD, draws its inspiration from the name and the themes of ‘elevated ambitions’ and ‘reaching new heights’. These are visualised as a generously spaced, uppercase, sans-serif logotype with an adaptive ascender that changes depending on its context. It is a simple abstract nod to growth that draws a proprietary quality from a fairly neutral set of characters and extends across print and digital experience. A single font choice, a variety of good quality, dyed and uncoated boards, a black block foil and blind deboss print finish, each chosen to reflect care and quality of service, introduce a tactile, visual and communicative breadth to the logotype and balance a corporate familiarity and consistency with a sense of individuality.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Cemento is the UK distributor of an Italian lightweight concrete product that can be used for wall panelling and furniture. Inspired by brutalist design — a movement that grew out of early 20th century modernist architecture and described by Wikipedia as being “linear, fortresslike and blockish” — London based studio S-T developed a visual identity for Cemento that included logo, logotype, brand guidelines, tote bag, box tape, brochure, postcards and business card design.
Using geometric form, sans-serif typography, dyed material choice, white ink, a repeating pattern and limited colour palette, S-T establishes a robust and distinctive solution that reflects the modular and functional nature of concrete, the aesthetic qualities of the product, and its adoption by contemporary furniture and interior designers.