Opinion by Richard Baird.
Streat Helsinki is a festival that looks to explore and question what street food can and should be. It began this year with three events — a series of talks, opportunities to eat and time to party — held at different venues across the city. Eats, the largest of the three, was held in the Tori Quarters and included 40 food truck and restaurant experiences from across Scandinavia and drew crowds of over 20,000.
The festival’s brand identity, which included logotype, typeface and print, was developed by Finnish graphic design studio Kokoro & Moi. Using bold color choices, busy layouts, custom typography, rough materials, illustrations and what the studio describe as a DIY attitude and a 90s vibe, their solution reflects the authentic ingredients and experimental spirit of Streat Helsinki. The project extended to posters, flyers, menus and bags.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
The Counter Press is a letterpress studio and workshop located in an old chocolate factory in the East End of London. They work exclusively with hand set wood and hot metal type on antique presses to create contemporary typographic design, artwork and limited edition prints. While taking on small outside projects, founders David Marshall and Elizabeth Ellis are keen to stress they are not a commercial printer but full-time designers with a passion for traditional moveable type, and the craft and beauty of letterpress.
After three years of business The Counter Press recently found the time to build on their visual identity with a new set of business cards. While a limited canvas, these manage to bring together and convey some of the studio’s typographic and print expertise, and draw contemporary design sensibilities from traditional processes.
Studio Källbom is the Stockholm-based studio of digital design duo and identical twins Andreas Källbom and Daniel Källbom. Led by instinct, insight and the latest technologies and designing for both start-ups and established business including Spotify, Qapital and Readmill, Studio Källbom’s work encompasses a variety of platforms and devices, from computers and phones, to televisions and physical environments.
The studio’s new visual identity, created by Bedow, utilises a simple right angle break in a logotype built from the characters of Maison Neue, clear copywriting and a contrasting black, white and bright neon green highlight — perhaps a reference to the monochrome monitors of the past but executed as a contemporary single edge detail across tables, business cards and signage — to neatly convey forward momentum, functionality and technology with just a few assets.