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2016 Brand Nieuwe Conference, Amsterdam

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for 2016's Brand Nieuwe Conference, Amsterdam

Brand New, a division of UnderConsideration, is one of the first and foremost design blogs to offer opinion on corporate and brand identity work. It has amassed a huge following, often quoted by international press, and provokes frequent and heated debated. Complimenting the site is an annual conference that draws speakers and designers from across the globe

Rather than just the one conference, this year will see a European two-day event take place, prior to Brand New Nashville, between the 20th and 21st of June in the city of Amsterdam, and fittingly renamed Brand Nieuwe Conference. Total Design legend Ben Bos, as well as representatives of studios that have featured on BP&O will be speaking at the event. These include Brian Collins of Collins, Marko Salonen of Bond and Pablo Juncadella of Mucho.

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Playground by Character, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and bright red business cards with white foil detail for venture fund and start-up studio Playground by Character

Playground is an American venture fund and start-up studio that takes a hands-on approach to mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs. It was established with the intention of removing typical operational burdens associated with product development, drawing on the first-hand experiences of its four founders, freeing entrepreneurs to focus on what makes their idea great. Playground not only funds new ventures but offers time, expertise and a space designed to foster creativity and to help ideas flourish, with both machine shops and labs furnished with the latest technologies.

Drawing on the name and the company’s belief that play is integral to the process of new product development, alongside expertise, and with a desire to avoid the visual conventions of the venture capital industry, San Francisco based studio Character developed a brand identity for Playground that mixes the conviviality of a bright red colour palette with contemporary type choices, high-quality materials and print finishes, and plenty of motion online.

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Shuang Shuang by ico Design, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Shuang Shuang by ico Design, United Kingdom

Shuang Shuang is new restaurant experience, located on London’s Shaftesbury Ave, that brings a contemporary twist on hotpot—a long-established and family favourite throughout China and East Asia, and a fun and social way of eating—to the United Kingdom. Shuang Shuang worked with London based graphic design studio ico Design on naming and interior design, as well as brand identity. This extends across signage, tableware, menus and website.

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