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New York Architecture Book Fair by Pentagram

Opinion by Richard Baird

Storefront for Art and Architecture is an independent not-for-profit art and architecture organisation, located in New York’s Soho, dedicated to advancing architecture, art and design. To further this remit the organisation developed the New York Architecture Book Fair, an event and platform that brings together authors, designers, publishers, critics and readers to consider, through a programme of discussion, installation and pop-ups, which publications have driven architectural and design discourse forward through their insight and contemporary relevance. This took place at the Storefront for Art and Architecture and at local bookstores throughout the city in June.

Pentagram partner Natasha Jen and team led the design and development of the visual identity for the first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair. This is built around a form language that makes a connection between the spine of a book and the side elevation of a building plan but also explores the liminal space between the printed book and architecture structure, and the material and digital space the visual identity needed to exist within. This links a variety of communication materials for the event, these included motion graphics and data visualizations, book design, tote bags and signage.

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Brilliant by The Studio

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logotype, pictograms, stationery and website by The Studio for Swedish customer survey specialists Brilliant

Swedish employee engagement consultancy Netsurvey and Bright, experts in customer surveys, have been merged and rebranded as Brilliant by The Studio. This merger and rebranding intended to create a new platform capable of encapsulating the skills and corporate cultures of both companies and develop a visual expression that people from each could identify with and stand behind.

In the same spirit as The Studio’s visual identity design for Netsurvey, reviewed on BP&O back in 2015, the direction for B2B company Brilliant, shuns a corporate austerity in favour of a concept based around “Serious Playfulness”. This manifests itself in the form of a dynamic logotype and extensive pictogram set, a vivid colour palette and bold typography with an immediacy and friendly quality. These choices link business cards, folders, envelopes, correspondence cards, signage and website.

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Unfolded by Commission

Opinion by Richard Baird

Packaging design and brand communications by Commission for design and print festival Unfolded at The Gmund Paper Factory

Unfolded is a design and print festival that celebrates the creative work happening across Europe in the disciplines of design, printing and brand communication. This was held by and at The Gmund Paper Factory in Germany on the 9th November 2018. The event created a space for sharing ideas and fostering dialogue between creative individuals, providers of printing services, brand managers and experts from the business and agency scene. Unfolded also hosted lectures, keynote speakers and panels around brand strategy, materiality and sustainability. An exhibition, running in parallel to these events, showcased the latest developments within the industry.

The innovative dimension of the event, its desire to develop industry discourse, and the potential of design, material and print to synergise, is expressed in the delivery, presentation and form of the Unfolded invitation, created by London-based design studio Commission. This is initially marked by the impact of colour and type, volume and robustness, form and mechanism yet, and in contrast, is followed by the framing of a delicately micro-perforated and block foiled invitation.

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