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Maison De Greef 1848 by Base Design

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype, graphic identity and packaging by Base Design for high-end jewellery brand, expert watchmaker and retailer Maison De Greef 1848

Maison De Greef 1848 is a high-end luxury jewellery brand, expert watchmaker and retailer that opened its first shop in 1848 at 24 Rue au Beurr, Brussels. Shortly after De Greef became the official clockmaker for the Belgian National Railway Company and then the supplier of pocket watches for the Belgian Navy.

The brand has built an enduring legacy and weathered many changes over its 170-year life. It remains a family business and is in the hands of its seventh generation. This new generation worked with Base Design to rethink the clichés of the market and develop a new graphic identity. This is characterised by a bold simplicity of type and in words, a contrast of colour and a conviviality of image, and included stationery, packaging, bags and website design.

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Mitsulift Elevators by Base Design

Opinion by Richard Baird

Graphic identity by Base Design for elevator specialist Mitsulift

As the built environment expands, as it seeks new places to fill and accommodate a growing populace, time spent in and our reliance on modern conveyance systems develop in tandem. Reliability is central to this experience. Mitsulift is an elevator specialist tackling this need, balancing what is described as a Japanese technical expertise with exceptional Middle-Eastern service. Its graphic identity, however, failed to communicate this. Base Design worked with Mitsulift to bring this up to date, to better reflect the ambitions of the company, its insight and support, to move it from a product-vendor to a service-driven company. Base built an identity that maintains something of a utility yet manages to establish a distinct visual and verbal expression of connections. This links a variety of printed and digital assets. These included brochures, stationery, business cards and supergraphics, as well as website and mobile app.

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A.N Other by Socio Design, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

Luxury fragrance brand A.N Other – Branding and packaging by Socio Design, United King dom

A. N Other gives its perfumers the creative room to craft limited edition, luxury and high concentration fragrances free from the pressures of consumer trends, market segmentation and budgetary constraints. These are then sold directly to consumers through its website. A.N Other places greater value on the internal composition of each of its fragrances, and the inspirations and aspirations of its creators, than the outward expression and associated expense of boutique spaces, lavish adverts, glossy magazine coverage and celebrity endorsements. This direct to consumer approach and a focus on ingredient quality, concentration and sustainability, as well as perfumer and fragrance story, is distilled down and projected by graphic identity, developed by Socio Design, initially online through website, and continuing into packaging. These are linked by naming and strategy, and by details that include bespoke typeface and logotype, brand imagery and copywriting, also created by Socio Design.

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