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East Sydney Early Learning Centre by Toko, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Signage and wayfinding designed by graphic design studio Toko for East Sydney Early Learning & Community Centre

East Sydney Early Learning & Community Centre is a state of the art space located on Bourke Street. It provides childcare places for parents living or working in the inner city suburbs of Sydney. The centre, designed by ABA Architects, features five play rooms set over three levels, indoor playground on each floor and an open-air play area on the top floor. The space also includes a distinctive signage and wayfinding system, developed by Australian graphic design studio Toko, inspired by children’s building blocks.

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Sardine by Here Design, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, menus and signage by British studio Here Design for London-based Southern French and Mediterranean food restaurant Sardine

Sardine is a restaurant, located on London’s Micawber Street, with a simple menu of rustic, Southern French and Mediterranean-inspired dishes cooked over a wood fire. It features an interior design of bent wood chairs, open kitchen, steel and light wood table tops and a brand identity created by Here Design. This adds a touch of a mediterranean colour to interior through menus and tile detail, while also linking other assets such as business cards and website.

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Common Lot by Perky Bros, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and copper block foiled menu covers designed by Perky Bros for Millburn restaurant Common Lot

Common Lot is restaurant located near the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. It has a menu of seasonal dishes made from locally foraged produce and fresh ingredients, and features an interior design described as being minimalist with unexpected finishes, natural materials, texture and light.

The restaurant was created by Australian chef Ehren Ryan and draws upon his globally diverse culinary background and free spirit. This is seen in the communal dining experience, open kitchen and shared tables which contribute to a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

Chef Ehren Ryan is described as being serious about food and jocular about life, and it is this that informed the visual identity design for Common Lot, created by graphic design studio Perky Bros. This runs across and links a variety of assets that included menus, stationery, bags, thank you cards, signage and branded aprons.

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