Opinion by Richard Baird.
Gripoix is a Parisian costume jewellery manufacturer with a significant history, one that stretches back to the late 19th Century and the Art Nouveau period. Gridpoix’s pieces are created using a traditional kilncasting technique, known as pate de verre, which sees molten glass poured into a thin linear framework, giving each a luxury and uniquely crafted quality.
This traditional process, and the period in which Gridpoix has its origins, formed the basis of its new brand identity developed by UK based graphic design studio Mind. This treatment included a calligraphic logotype and a monolinear pattern which extends across business cards, postcards, packaging, bags, website and a variety of print based communications.
Scotland Can Make It! is a limited edition collection of souvenirs, created by leading Scottish designers and artists in collaboration with manufacturers from across the country, for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The souvenirs are described by Graphical House, the design studio behind the collection’s brand identity and website, as being part of a programme of events that celebrate ‘Scotland’s cultural heritage, creative practice, skill and production’, and are available online and from a pop-up shop located on Glasgow’s Osborne Street during the summer.
London-based design studio ico Design have recently completed their brand identity work for Mark Milton, a jeweller with a family heritage within the industry that dates back to 1947, and who carefully selects and retails a range of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings for women.
Bound by the theme of curation, ico Design’s solution provides the Mark Milton brand with a high quality communicative breadth through an asset architecture that includes a monogram, print and packaging, still life and model photography, website and an editorial approach to blogging.