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University of the Arts Helsinki designed by Bond

Logo and coloured board business cards designed by Bond for the University of the Arts Helsinki

The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy and Theatre Academy Helsinki merged in the beginning of 2013 into the University of the Arts Helsinki. Bond created the complete branding solution for the new university. The strategy for the identity was to create a distinctive set of logotypes based on a common design language, and to introduce an anchor symbol that acts as a point of connection between the university mother brand and the three academy brands. The simple and bold ‘X’ has plenty of meanings, just like art does. The symbol can be seen, for example, as a starting point, a destination, a meeting place, a location, a signature, an unknown force, a warning, an irritant, a question and a solution.” – Bond

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Vibe Select designed by Studio Constantine

Brochure for architectural firm Vibe Select designed by Studio Constantine

Vibe Design Group are described by Studio Constantine, the design studio behind the brand identity of Vibe’s new sub brand Select, as a “multi award-winning Melbourne based architectural design practice” who produce “fiercely contemporary and conceptual buildings for the top end of the Australian residential market.”

Studio Constantine worked with Vibe in the process of “productising and branding a new consulting service, parallel to the main design practice” intended to “open up Vibe’s design thinking and experience to a design conscious market that would normally be prohibited by budget” through a service that “comprises of a 2 hour troubleshooting consult, a package of tailored reference and inspiration material, and an introduction to a network of high-end suppliers, built over years of experience in the market. All for a set price.”

The studio describe their design solution as needing to “relate to the pre-existing Vibe Design Group aesthetic and identity, yet sufficiently separate to distinguish the consulting service from the design practice” which was achieved by typographically referencing the Vibe identity through a lowercase ‘select’ and utilising a monochrome colour palette to keep the whole suite ‘understated’, ‘stylish’ and ‘contemporary’.

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Calepino designed by Studio Birdsall

Logo, stationery and packaging with uncoated, unbleached material detail designed by Studio Birdsall for French notebook brand and manufacturer Calepino

Calepino is a french manufacturer and brand of “traditional yet technical notebooks with an authentic vintage spirit” made from 100% recycled, locally sourced paper, covered with a cardboard from a factory with a heritage dating back to 1927 and assembled by hand.

Calepino’s brand identity and print, recently designed by Florida based Studio Birdsall, juxtaposes the earthy craft textures of an uncoated and unbleached material choice of the covers alongside the bright, bleached white substrate and stamp-based print finish of the stationery, a choice that ties them neatly to the interior pages of the notebooks. These are united by the shared economy of a bright single colour print finish, a subtle multi-functionality in the recurring ruler detail and the simple sans-serif efficiency and practicality of an extended, uppercase and well spaced logotype created from Univers. The serifs of italic typeface Cochin adds a small detail and flourish that counters the strong utility set by the materials and print finish. Both Univers and Cochin neatly reflect the origins of the Calepino brand through their own history as products of French type foundry Deberny & Peignot.

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