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Park Bench Deli by Foreign Policy, Singapore

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, print and packaging by Foreign Policy for Singapore's Park Bench Deli

Park Bench Deli is located on Singapore’s Telok Ayer St and features a rich interior design, styled on the all-American deli, that mixes a variety of vintage textures and ornament. These include tiled floors and wood panelled walls alongside personal items of the shop owners. Visual identity shares a similarly busy and material quality, referencing park life, but introduces the multi-coloured. This connects menus, packaging, and lots of small takeaways such as stickers, embroidered patches and key rings. Although launched in 2015, Foreign Policy, the studio behind both brand identity and interior design, recently documented and published the project on their newly launched website.

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The Playlist Co. by Blok, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and cards for Toronto based custom event soundtrack business The Playlist Co. by graphic design studio Blok

The Playlist Co. is a Canadian business providing music management and consulting services, AV construction, live music and playlists for a wide range of spaces and events, nationally and internationally. They are renowned for their encyclopaedic knowledge of music, and have collaborated with a some of Canada’s top hospitality brands, as well as local bars such as Buca, Canoe and Bar Raval.

The Playlist Co. worked with Toronto based graphic design studio Blok to develop a new brand identity that would work across a variety of touch points. These included business cards, posters, stickers and a soon to launch website, linked by a concept described by Blok as having a musicality that mimics the company’s highly curated playlists.

This concept manifests itself subtly in the typesetting of the wordmark and in the blocks of spot colour, inspired by jazz and soul album covers of the past. These blocks are given subtle shifts in tonality and hue as a way to express the power of music, and its ability to transform space and influence emotion.

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Mercht by Robot Food, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and badges for UK based custom merchandise business Mercht by Robot Food

Mercht is a UK based custom merchandise business, created by the team at Awesome Merchandise, that offers its customers a risk-free way to design, sell and ship customised t-shirts and wearable accessories, through an online showcase and print on demand service. It is a platform where, if designs sell well, both parties profit, with neither loosing if they do not.

Leeds based graphic design studio Robot Food, the studio behind Awesome Merchandise’s brand identity, developed an identity for Mercht that captures the creative, custom and accessible spirit of the service through a playful and convivial mix of bright colour, hand drawn lettering and pattern, which links a variety of collateral. This included badges, stickers, notebooks and packaging, postcards and branded t-shirts.

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