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Lookbooks by Studio Lowrie

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity design and bookmarks by London-based Studio Lowrie for online speciliast bookstore Look Books

Lookbooks is an online bookstore that specialises in fun and quirky publications of the past. Recent acquisitions include Old Bohemian and Moravian Jewish Cemeteries by Petr Ehl, Arno Parik & Jiri Fiedler, 1991 and 101 Cake Design by Mary Ford, 1987. There is a cultural value to many of these, reflecting a time and particular niche interest, and how these niche interests were shared pre-internet. The bookstore’s brand identity, however, clearly positions this as a cheerful tongue-in-cheek activity with a cheerful lightness of tone in the logo, which doubles down on the double O pairings within the name to create expressionful graphic gestures. But, it is the bookmarks that really stand out. I simple little die-cut trick, in conjunction with book pages, gives a nose to the eyes. A smart idea by London-based Studio Lowrie.

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Lagotto by Studio Hi Ho

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logotype, visual identity, business cards and packaging by Studio Hi Ho for restaurant and food store Lagotto

Lagotto is a new all-day café, wine bar and food store situated inside Nth Fitzroy, a residential property development project from Milieu located at the heart of Melbourne’s, inner north. Named after the truffle-hunting Italian dog breed, the café offers a relaxed European surrounding in which to enjoy an Italian menu with a “joyful vibrancy that avoids kitschiness or pastiche”. Studio Hi Ho, also responsible for the visual identity of the Nth Fitzroy development, was commissioned to put forward a proposal for Lagotto that would resonate with the distinctive interior design scheme, the local community’s tastes and Mediterranean migrant history. This was achieved through type pairing, materiality and playful illustration by Ted Parker.

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Freadman White by Studio Hi Ho

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logotype, custom typeface and business cards designed by Studio Hi Ho and Dennis Grauel for Melbourne architects Freadman White

Freadman White is a Melbourne-based architectural practice, led by Ilana Freadman and Michael White, that seeks to embed a curiosity-driven and experientially charged tension into their architectural work, reveal beauty in simple and overlooked settings, and design contextually informed structures with a disciplined whimsy. Further, rather than responding literally to physical surroundings, the practice develops spaces that are visually intriguing, emotionally resonant, sensorial and textural “informed by memories of place and the achievements of modern architecture”. These notions emerge from a mandate that intends to make positive contributions to individual lives and the wider urban project. To express the nuances and enquiries embedded in the practice and a personality that is whimsical, curious, warm, thoughtful and uncompromising Studio Hi Ho—commissioned by Freadman White to develop a new brand identity—worked with typographer Dennis Grauel to create ‘Frisky Freadman’, a custom typeface and a convivial interpretation of the classic typeface Ionic.

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