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Bearleader Chronicle by The Studio, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brightly coloured business cards for publisher Bearleader Chronicle by The Studio, Sweden

Bearleader describes itself as being dedicated to seeking out spectacular events, simple pleasures, awe-inspiring landscapes, hidden gems, and regions where traditions are meticulously maintained. They share these with their readers through an online magazine, which also includes insight into the people they meet and places they come across, with the intention of inspiring others to follow in their footsteps and chart their own adventures.

Bearleader draws its name from the leading of the inexperienced on risky adventures and the rise of foreign travel in the 18th and 19th century, while its content addresses the current favour for slow living (diverse and fulfilling experiences over possessions). This is conveyed through a brand identity treatment of traditional serif typography, a varied colour palette and simple layouts created by Scandinavian graphic designers The Studio. This extended across business cards, stationery, bookmarks and Bearleader’s online magazine.

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The Hyundai Department Store by Studio fnt, South Korea

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for South Korean department store The Hyundai by graphic design company Studio fnt

The Hyundai is a well-known, well-thought-of and well-established South Korean department store that this year will celebrate its 44th anniversary. To coincide with this, The Hyundai launched a new brand identity system developed by Seoul graphic design company Studio fnt. This builds on the logotype and colour palette created by New York’s Base Design earlier in 2015, and introduces a Korean logotype, patterns, geometric sans-serif typography, monolinear iconography and foil print finishes across business cards, price tags, stationery, packaging, store cards and print communication. The project also included signage and wayfinding.

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Netsurvey by The Studio, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Stockholm based Netsurvey by The Studio

Netsurvey provides organisations with employee and customer relation evaluation services using a precise, individualised and proprietary set of tools, and then helps to implement change with the intention of enhancing employee engagement, strengthening leadership and improving employer branding. Netsurvey works across a variety of sectors, for both small and large businesses and has grown to become one of Sweden’s leading consultants within the industry.

In response to what was felt to be an increasingly dated visual identity, one that failed to convey the warmth, engagement and innovative spirit that characterises the company, Netsurvey commissioned Stockholm based graphic design agency The Studio to create a new system that would communicate these key qualities but also their position as industry leaders through differentiation. This was achieved using a bright colour palette, custom typography, monolinear iconography and personable photography, and included business cards, stationery, print communication, tote bags, pens, and website.

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