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Ediya Beanist by Studio fnt

Text by Richard Baird

Visual identity and packaging programme by Studio fnt for South Korean coffee brand Ediya Beanist

EDIYA is a well-established South Korean coffee brand, with franchised stores and array of drinks and branded products. It has the largest number of stores, exceeding that of Starbucks and any other international brands, opening its 3000th store at the end of 2019. With such a strong foothold in the market, and with the rise of at-home and ready-to-drink variations of large coffee store brands internationally, EDIYA sought to develop this within the national market, recognising that, with the current income levels in Korea, there was space to expand into the home-brewed coffee market.

Through the day-to-day operation of its stores which afford it a real-time understanding of market shifts and changes in consumption and demand, EDIYA has developed deep regional insights. This is paired with a full end-to-end production capability, from raw material sourcing to processing, to roasting to product develop in its own coffee lab. Drawing on this experience EDIYA created BEANIST, a new home brewing brand. And worked with Studio fnt to create branding and packaging. The studio sought to maintain EDIYA’s brand equity, drawing on aspects of the company’s coffee shop store signage, and give this new brand a clear presence within the competitive instant coffee market through a striking intersection of form, colour and communication.

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One Wellington St Kilda by Studio Ongarato

Opinion by Richard Baird

Brand identity and campaign designed by Studio Ongarato for property development One Wellington St Kilda

One Wellington, a partnership between LAS Group and Qualitas, is a new property development located in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda, not far from eclectic Fitzroy Street. The building’s architecture—designed by KPDO and comprised of 181 apartments across two buildings of 26 and 10 floors—features flowing curves inspired by its bayside location, highly-customisable interior options and unobstructed sky views. One Wellington is described as dramatic architectural expression on the skyline and an entry statement into St Kilda from the north.

Building on the highly-customisable and luxurious interior designs of KPDO, Studio Ongarato developed a visual identity and campaign directed towards a specific mindset and that draws on the multi-faceted sub-cultures of the area rather than a target market profile. This manifests itself, unusually, in a shifting tone throughout printed communications, moving from the sophisticated to the youthful, and from serious to humorous using photography, type, illustration and photography. Through this approach, Studio Ongarato’s campaign invites prospective residents to live ‘A life less ordinary’.

The One Wellington campaign identity is made up of a hardcover book, softcover booklets, posters, postcards and multi-format cards. Each unveils authentic stories from unexpected perspectives using a variety of creative techniques.

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Atlantic Theater 2019 – ’20 Season by Pentagram

Opinion by Richard Baird

Campaign identity and programme by Paul Scher, Pentagram, for the Atlantic Theater's 2019–20 season

Atlantic Theater Company was founded in 1985 by playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy and, since then, has established itself as an influential Off-Broadway theatre group. It is also known for having a bold and original voice, producing groundbreaking new works by both emerging and established playwrights. This bold and original voice was central to the design of the theatre’s visual identity back in 2015. The first iteration was a visually loud mix of Hoefler&Co’s Tungsten, red and blue ink, an iconic spotlight/ megaphone-like A, a postmodern freedom from formal grids and the overprinting of type and shape. Designed by Pentagram partner Paula Scher, and reconfigured between seasons, this has been a striking and recognisable foundation of the theatre’s communications. Having designed the campaign identities for 2017–18 and 2018–19 Paula Scher returns to design the campaign for the 2019–20 season, introducing photography for the first time and a new material component.

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