Opinion by Richard Baird.
Ryan Edy is a UK based, award-winning advertising and editorial photographer whose clients have included Vodafone, Wilkinson & Wetherell and Innov-8. Design studio Founded worked with Ryan Edy to develop a brand identity treatment that, based around a simple, familiar but communicative framing device, also went on to include both print and digital portfolio design.
Ali Sharaf is a Bahrain-based commercial photographer who specialises in fashion, beauty and lifestyle images for the advertising and editorial markets. He describes himself as contemporary, upbeat, outspoken and edgy.
Inspired by a shared interest in Swiss modernism and adopting a less is more approach, design studio Mash Creative developed a new brand identity for Ali that combines an iconic marque, sans-serif typography, weighty material choices, foil and a limited colour palette to frame the detail of his work.
James Braund is a Melbourne-based photographer with a background in journalism, an approach ‘characterised by an unfussed, direct methodology’ and over twenty years of experience in the design editorial and advertising fields.
Arising out of a ‘desire for a more contemporary look aimed at designers and art directors’, James’ new identity, developed by Hofstede – an agency committed to typographical craft and detailing – conveys his methodology by leveraging the economy, utility and contemporary sensibilities of a heavy, uncoated, unbleached mixed fibre board, an urban combination of cool and warm concrete greys, the restraint and what Hofstede describe as the robust typographical choice of Akkurat executed with a stacked, uppercase confidence and a good eye for letter and line spacing. This type-only approach is elevated by the high quality finish of a foil set within the reductionist context of broad unprinted regions used across the collateral. The result is a modern aesthetic neutrality and fine detailing that neatly frames the rich detail of James’ photography.