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FR-EE by Pentagram, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and stationery with fluorescent spot colour detail for architectural studio Fr-ee designed by Pentagram Natasha, United States

Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE) is an architecture and design firm with offices in New York and Mexico City. The firm was founded by award-winning architect Fernando Romero, and is recognised internationally for their work on projects such as the new Mexico City International Airport and Museo Soumaya. FR-EE worked with Pentagram partner Natasha Jen, plus team, to help them capture and convey their innovative and pioneering spirit and democratic approach, through a new brand identity system. This went on to include business cards, stationery, brochure and web design.

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Madrina by Mast, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and menu with gold foil detail for French inspired Mexican restaurant Madrina designed by Mast

Madrina is a Dallas based Mexican restaurant with a menu that plays with French culinary influences and Mexican tradition. The restaurant has a distinctive interior of exposed concrete beams, delicate gold light fixtures, leather upholstered chairs, beveled mirrors and tiled flooring. Like the menu, the interior is a fusion of influences, yet remains cohesive and distinctive. American graphic design studio Mast set out to create a brand identity that would align with this unique combination of cultures and would link in with interior detail. This extended across business cards, menus and signage.

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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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