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Milieu Property designed by Studio Hi Ho

Uncoated folder with deboss logo and rubber band detail designed by Hi Ho for Melbourne-based boutique developer Milieu

According to Studio Hi Ho, the branding and communications partnership responsible for this project, Milieu Property is a Melbourne-based ‘boutique developer with an emphasis on creating spaces of influence’. The moniker ‘Milieu’ immediately positions the brand at the cerebral end of the property development spectrum. Indeed, for those without a thesaurus brain, the highfalutin’ vocabulary is even explained on the minimal website.

Do the graphics live up to the name? For me, Studio Hi Ho appears to have risen to the challenge. Interpreting Milieu as a ‘mix of complementary opposites’ has allowed them to play with juxtapositions: in typography; in imagery; and in the choice of substrate.

Guest Opinion written by Shaughn McGurk

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Martino Group designed by Studio Hi Ho

Logo and labels for Australian property developer Martino Group designed by Studio Hi Ho

Martino Group is an Australian property developer with a ‘holistic approach that encompasses art, design and architecture’. Their visual identity, developed by Melbourne-based brand and communication studio Hi Ho, extends a simple typographic observation and minor adjustment into a system that conveys a ‘beautiful but functional’ philosophy, and unites the group’s latest property developments and the limited edition prints and carefully selected hand washes that fill them.

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Aker Brygge designed by Bleed

Logo, stationery and accessory design with gold foil detail designed by Bleed for the redevelopment of Oslo waterside district Aker Brygge

Aker Brygge is a waterside district at the heart of Oslo currently under redevelopment. As part of this, design agency Bleed worked alongside and collaboratively with property developers, architects, landscape architects and exterior lighting designers to bring together and brand this new vision due to be completed in 2015.

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