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Designers’ Friend by Paul Belford Ltd, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and business card by London-based graphic design studio Paul Belford Ltd. for web development business Designers' Friend.

Designers’ Friend is a UK web development company working with designers and design studios to deliver fast sites that look exactly as they were designed. The company commissioned London-based graphic design studio, past client and collaborator Paul Belford Ltd., to deliver a brand identity concept that would work in print and online.

The studio’s concept is described as a dramatisation of the line ‘we write code’ and visualised, rather literally, by a keyboard. This then forms the basis of a minimal graphic expression in print across business cards and headed paper, and as part of a search rather than menu-based functionality online.

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Shuang Shuang by ico Design, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Shuang Shuang by ico Design, United Kingdom

Shuang Shuang is new restaurant experience, located on London’s Shaftesbury Ave, that brings a contemporary twist on hotpot—a long-established and family favourite throughout China and East Asia, and a fun and social way of eating—to the United Kingdom. Shuang Shuang worked with London based graphic design studio ico Design on naming and interior design, as well as brand identity. This extends across signage, tableware, menus and website.

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Nota Bene by Blok, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Toronto restaurant Nota Bene by graphic design studio Blok, Canada

Nota Bene is a restaurant, located on Toronto’s Queen Street West, with a menu made from locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. It was opened by chef David Lee and business partners Yannick Bigourdan and Franco Prevedello in 2008, and was awarded “Best New Restaurant” by Toronto Life and enRoute Magazine soon after.

To coincide with the restaurant’s 2016 relaunch—which saw David Lee take sole ownership and the unveiling of a new menu and interior—Nota Bene worked with Canadian graphic design studio Blok to develop a new visual identity. This was inspired by David Lee’s approach to food and the restaurant’s new environment; a marriage of organic detail and contemporary materiality created by +tongtong, and runs across menus, stationery, business cards, postcards, coasters, packaging and website.

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