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Altaskifer by Neue, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and business cards for Alta Quartzite mining and sales business Altaskifer designed by Neue, Norway

Alta Quartzite is a natural building material quarried from the mountains of Norway’s Alta region with a unique green/grey colour, fine texture and hard wearing non-slip properties. These make it a good choice for both interior and exterior applications, from roofing, paving and staircases, to roads and walkways. Although it is material with a long history of use it is being utilised in increasingly more innovative ways, and on an international scale.

Working on the mountainside of Peska, Norwegian company Altaskifer mines Alta Quartzite using traditional methods, and is a joint sales and marketing company for the entire slate industry in the Alta region.

Altaskifer worked with Scandinavian graphic design studio Neue to develop a brand identity that would run across a variety of touch points. These are now linked by the concept of “rough beauty” and the history of the material, from the hard manual labour and functional focus of the past, to today’s modern design and crafted contexts. This is visualised through a bright but simple colour palette, typographical contrast and the meeting of organic and geometric form across business cards, tote bags, brochure and soon to launch website.

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Wadha by Two Times Elliott, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Doha based fashion brand Wadha by Two Times Elliott, United Kingdom

Wadha is a Islamic fashion brand for women, established in 2010 in the city of Doha, Qatar, by Wadha Al Hajri. Garments by Wadha are characterised by unique fabrics and cuts, contemporary, clean and slightly irregular shapes, and single colour. This aesthetic is reflected throughout Wadha’s brand identity, designed by British graphic design studio Two Times Elliott, not only in typographic form and a solid colour palette but also in material choice, print finish and structure. This links assets such as notecards, bags, tags and business cards.

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Hermoso Cariño by La Tortillería, Mexico

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, logotype and stickers for Mexican designer gift shop Hermoso Cariño by La Tortilleria, Mexico

Hermoso Cariño, a name taken from the title of a Mexican love song, is a gift shop with unique line of products. These are described as Mexican in the least expected way, leaning more towards the contemporary, but not forgetting tradition, and crafted by a new generation of designers. This is expressed throughout Hermoso Cariño’s brand identity, created by La Tortillería, through a mix of type, colour, material texture and print finish across tags, bags and stickers.

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