Level Improvements is a small-scale builder that possesses, in the words of Hi Ho – the studio responsible for their new identity – a characteristic often lacking in others in their field — a high level of craft and attention to detail. To reflect these values, Hi Ho developed a ‘easily managed and straight talking’ visual identity solution that leverages the similarities between an uppercase L and a carpenter’s square – a measure of straightness and a steady hand – and isolates it with a typographical quirk to convey both continued consistency and a sense of individuality that distances it from other unreliable services.
K2LD is a small Melbourne-based architecture and interior design firm with a project history that includes individual private homes, community precincts, multi-unit developments and large-scale commercial projects. The firm’s identity, an abstract, structural and modular amalgamation of initials (check the ideation animation here), uncoated materials and a monochromatic colour palette – developed by brand and communication studio Hi Ho – unapologetically embraces the established and reductionist cues of the industry.
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