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OpenView by Pentagram, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding, custom typography and edge painted business cards by Pentagram for Boston-based venture capital firm OpenView.

OpenView is a Boston-based business dedicated to investing in and helping to grow what are described as expansion-stage companies that are working in the software development sector. OpenView has a unique hands-on approach, and worked with Pentagram’s Natasha Jen to express this through positioning, tone of voice and visual identity design. This included custom typography, stationery, business cards, website and interior graphics.

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Lux Capital by Mucho, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and animated logo for Lux Capital by Mucho, United States

Lux Capital is an American venture capital firm investing in the fields of science and technology, partnering with inventors who challenge the status quo and what we currently understand as the laws of nature to bring futuristic ideas to life.

Graphic design studio Mucho developed a simple brand identity for Lux Capital that expresses the collaborative nature of today’s innovations, and the remixing of ideas, by drawing out and emphasising the × and + within the name through the angle of the logotype. It is a simple typographical observation given a relevant conceptual basis. This then extends across business cards, note cards, stationery and website.

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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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