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.
These are the five projects I reviewed during May that I felt really stood out and wanted to give them another opportunity to be seen and shared. I have ordered these from five to one with my favourite project presented last.
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Cocolobo is described by Anagrama – the multidisciplinary design agency behind their new visual identity – as a ‘high-end shopping boutique that caters exclusively to strong women with a confident and in vogue fashion sense’. For the name, Anagrama played with the patrons’ ‘characteristic duality’, with a ‘catchy and fun’ compounding of “Coco” (coconut in Spanish) and “lobo” (Spanish for wolf), which helped to define the ‘Cocolobo woman’ as ‘not only feminine and sweet, but also independent, aggressive, sensuous and daring’
The agency captured and conveyed this duality in print through the combination of a black and white colour palette ‘portraying the elegant, sober aspect of the brand’, a red highlight to represent ‘all that is feminine and chic’, and the contrast of the logo’s playful familiarity and the logotype’s sense of exclusivity. These run across business cards, stationery, swing tags and packaging.