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The Conference Company by Studio South

Opinion by Richard Baird

Graphic identity and brand guidelines by Studio South for The Conference Company

The Conference Company (TCC) specialises in the design, organisation and execution of large-scale conferences throughout New Zealand and Australia. They also apply this expertise to award ceremonies under the trading name The Awards Company. It is a strategically interesting delineation yet a straightforward naming practice. Expressing what either company does was clearly not an issue, however, in a fast moving industry, where innovation is essential, the graphic identities of The Conference Company and The Awards Company had grown tired. With this in mind, TCC founder Jan Tonkin commissioned Studio South to help clarify the values of each company, understand and crystalise future ambitions and explore how to use these insights to position them as innovative thinkers and leaders within their field. The result is a new logotype, pattern, colour palette and governing system that both defines and unites both companies under a distinct new visual language. This links stationery, print communications, posters, name badges and signage.

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GoGo Daddy by Studio South & Egle Zvirblyte

Opinion by Richard Baird

Graphic identity and poster design by Studio South and featuring illustration by Egle Zvirblyte for Auckland based Thai canteen Gogo Daddy

New Zealand based Studio South worked with Lithuanian illustrator Egle Zvirblyte to build a graphic identity up of colourful characters for Mark Wallbank and Che Barrington’s new Thai canteen Gogo Daddy which is located in Ponsonby Central, Auckland. GoGo Daddy’s menu is inspired by Mark and Che’s extensive travels, and is a take on the rustic Thai street food they experienced throughout Thailand; from the roadside carts in Chiang Mai to the floating markets of Bangkok. This diversity of experience, the theme of big flavours from a little canteen, and an interpretation on a distinctly rich and quick to prepare culinary legacy is captured in Egle Zvirblyte’s illustrative panels and individual characters. These link posters, menus, staff t-shirts, table markers, house-made drink labels, mural, website and social media profiles.

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Edition by South, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity and marketing materials by South for Edition, a luxury apartment development in Auckland, New Zealand

Edition is a new property development by LEP Construction. It will be located in Parnell, a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, and made up of 18 luxury apartments designed by architects Monk Mackenzie with a eye for flexible space and changing natural light. Edition will make the most of a sloping site, feature three levels cantilevered above ground and create what are described as “view shafts” from street right through to the harbour beyond. This modern structure, and sensitivity to its context, is complimented by a luxury interior design, created by Bureauxe, of both contrast and continuity, in materials, surface textures, colour and form.

Graphic design studio South were commissioned to create a visual identity for Edition that would assist the real estate team in presenting the project to potential buyers, and help, in conjunction with the building’s distinctive structural and interior design plans, elevations and renderings, to distinguish Edition within a crowded luxury apartment market.

With the intention of capturing the essence of the building, and informed by the spacial, visual and material language of Monk Mackenzie, South created a brand identity of light and reflection, moments of contrast and correlation, and a recurring rectangular motif. This links a variety of marketing materials that included brochure and brochure sleeve, sales book and box, invitation, floorpans, buyer gift and business cards.

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