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XVIth All Sokol Slet 2018 by Studio Najbrt

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity, posters, billboards, t-shirts and merchandise by Studio Najbrt for the XVIth All Sokol Slet 2018

Slet is a mass gymnastics event and union of schools that has its roots in the latter half of 19th century Prague with the intention of providing physical, moral and intellectual training for the nation. Slet takes its name from the Czech word for flocking of birds. This can be understood in the sight of a stadium field filled with participants exercising in union. Slet became Skol clubs and spread across the country, establishing strong relationships with gymnastic bodies internationally, particularly with those in France, a relationship that endures today.

Slet, which took place every six years, were also characterised by their strong visual identities. This was a critical part of the unifying nature of the occasion. This was often put in the hands of prominent artists of the time.

From its beginnings in the second half of the 19th century to the present, Slet has found itself caught amongst political agendas; suppressed or repurposed for propaganda, only to reclaimed. The event was revived during the Prague Spring of 1968, only to fade out and remerge again for the fourth time in 1990 and then in 1994 when 23,000 Skols participated.

In 2018 Slet once again returned for its 16th event. In the same spirit of its earliest events, visual identity was an essential component. Inspired by the complex movements and the diagrams of dots, lines and arrows that guided the gymnasts, Prague-based Studio Najbrt draws a sense of fun, energy and character from complexity. This runs across and links a variety of printed materials, these included posters, billboards, badges, t-shirts, stamps, bags, badges and a variety of merchandise.

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VonHof Cycles by Franklyn, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Custom wordmark for New Jersey-based VonHof Cycles by Franklyn, United States

VonHof crafts bicycles in small batches by hand for mountain, road and cyclocross categories from its location in Hoboken, New Jersey. Keeping true to the process of crafting bikes, one that produces a range that is uniquely poised, handsome and of exceptional quality, New York graphic design studio Franklyn took a boutique approach to VonHof’s brand identity. This included wordmark and a system of typographic, pattern-based and informational components to be used in print (across bikes and promotional materials), and online.

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The Practical Man by Garbett, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for sports and fashion retailer The Practical Man by Australian graphic design studio Garbett

The Practical Man is an online retail destination for men’s sports style and fitness, activewear and equipment, but also editorial content that covers reviews, fitness-focused travel guides and in-depth insight into new brands. It curates a catalogue of world-leading products that exist at the intersection of fashion and sports performance, designed by innovative and passionate brands with progressive approaches.

Australian graphic design studio Garbett worked with The Practical Man to develop a brand identity and visual language that would expresses their unique perspective on men’s performance style. This extended to swing tags, business cards, packaging, a series of still life images and website developed by Sons & Co.

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