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Hardpop 7 Years by Face, Mexico

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Silver foil invitation designed by Face for world-renowned Mexican electronic music venue Hardpop

Hardpop is an electronic music venue located in the Mexican city of Juárez. It plays host to both international and national DJ’s and has been acknowledged twice by DJ Magazine as one of the best clubs in the world. Hardpop’s brand identity, a contemporary interpretation of military insignia, and a mix of conventional and unconventional typographic forms created by graphic design studio Face—a significant departure from its previous identity—draws its inspiration from an interior of classic and modern detail. To celebrate the venue’s seventh bithday, Face created a number of anniversary specials and a new flyer system that would fit neatly within Hardpop’s signature style.

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Stone Way Cafe by Shore, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype and monogram for Stone Way Cafe designed by Shore

Stone Way Cafe, formerly the Tiny Ninja Cafe, is a Seattle based neighbourhood meeting point, music venue and internet cafe, in the area of Fremont, with a formidable, geometric, concrete exterior structure and a warmer interior of wood surfaces created by goCstudio. Design studio Shore, working closely with signwriters and fabricators, created a brand identity treatment for the cafe, which included a variety of typographical assets, signage and business cards, that takes its inspiration from the industry and personality of the neighbourhood.

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Reachin’ designed by Karoshi

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Duplex and die cut business card design by Karoshi for Myeloma charity event Reachin'

Reachin’ is a regular charity event established in 2012 to engage with a younger demographic and raise awareness and funds for Myeloma UK, an organisation dedicated to finding a cure for Myeloma, a rare cancer of the bone marrow. Money made from each event is complemented by the online sale of branded t-shirts, vests and tote bags.

Designed by Karoshi, Reachin’s brand identity draws its inspiration from the architecture of the Turner Contemporary art gallery, the venue of its first and forthcoming events. The building’s clerestory windows, mono pitched roofs and glass facades informed the creation of a grid-based system and the use of dynamic geometric shapes to cohesively bind a simple logo design, poster layouts, patterns, business cards, stationery, merchandise and a changing event-based colour palette.

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