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Hardpop 7 Years by Face, Mexico

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Silver foil invitation designed by Face for world-renowned Mexican electronic music venue Hardpop

Hardpop is an electronic music venue located in the Mexican city of Juárez. It plays host to both international and national DJ’s and has been acknowledged twice by DJ Magazine as one of the best clubs in the world. Hardpop’s brand identity, a contemporary interpretation of military insignia, and a mix of conventional and unconventional typographic forms created by graphic design studio Face—a significant departure from its previous identity—draws its inspiration from an interior of classic and modern detail. To celebrate the venue’s seventh bithday, Face created a number of anniversary specials and a new flyer system that would fit neatly within Hardpop’s signature style.

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Markus Form by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and business card designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist for Swedish furniture business Markus Form

Markus Form is a contemporary furniture company, founded with the intention of revitalising Sweden’s furniture industry, and with an ambition to produce relevant, practical and easy to match designs that are durable and sustainable. The company’s furniture will also draw on a significant Swedish and Scandinavian design culture and heritage that unites ergonomics, functionality, craftsmanship and a good working knowledge of materials, whilst also being individualistic. Markus Form describe their philosophy as one that takes on greater challenges than those posed by form and finish, and acknowledges furniture as an architectonic component that has to handle scale and other spatial conditions and addresses everyday needs.

These values are the basis of Markus Form’s brand identity, developed by graphic design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist, and expressed using reductive, geometric, typographic shape and its consistent application, an appropriate use of space, proportion and layout, detail and the absence of detail, print finish and the distinctive and contextual qualities of still life photography. The project included business cards, postcards, tags, labels, folders and website.

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Kate Wallich by Shore, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Custom Franklin Gothic logotype and business card for director and choreographer Kate Wallich designed by Shore

Kate Wallich is an American award-winning choreographer, dancer and director whose work has been commissioned and presented nationally and internationally by arts organisations such as On The Boards, The Frye Art Museum and Northwest Dance Project, amongst many others. Alongside Lavinia Vago, Kate Wallich is also founder of Seattle based contemporary dance company The YC, and teaches her own brand of movement classes from her studio in Seattle, Washington.

Kate’s personal brand identity, developed by graphic design studio Shore, and which included business cards and website, utilises bold custom typography as a way to explore the physicality of dance, establish a personal and distinctive tone of voice, and capture some of the unique aesthetic qualities that permeate all of Kate’s activities and ventures.

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