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Sim Smith Gallery designed by Spin

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo designed by Spin for British contemporary art gallery Sim Smith

Sim Smith is contemporary art gallery that specialises in the representation of emerging British artists. The gallery, having established relationships with curators and collectors, complements its exhibitions with artistic projects developed in collaboration with design studios, arts and cultural festivals, as well as charities, national institutions and global retail brands. The gallery’s brand identity, designed by Spin, takes the open white spaces and black inks often associated with those of contemporary galleries and inverts it. This then links a variety of assets that include business cards, tote bags, programme and bookmarks.

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Coalition for Engaged Education designed by Blok

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo and print design by Blok for LA based education organisation the Coalition for Engaged Education (CEE)

The Coalition for Engaged Education, formerly New Visions Foundation, is an LA based organisation, led by Dr Paul Cummins, that helps vulnerable children and young adults to realise their potential through an approach to education that respects and inspires them. CEE recently worked with design studio Blok to develop a new visual identity that would mark the organisation’s new national ambitions.

The result, a logo that is both wordmark and icon, stationery and posters bound by a broad colour palette and uncoated papers, is described by Blok as reflecting CEE’s process of transforming and uplifting, and emphasises the system of support it provides its students. Emotive language complements this approach by turning CEE into a verb, with the intention of giving voice to its beliefs and to the students’ own hopes and dreams.

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Interior Architecture Symposium designed by AKU

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Programme with fluorescent card detail for the Interior Architecture Symposium designed by AKU

SISU was a symposium that took place in the summer of 2014 in the city of Tallinn. Organised by The Estonian Society of Interior Architects it was a place were recognised theoreticians and practitioners from Europe, Australia and Estonia met to discuss Dynamics of Theory and Practice within the field of interior architecture. The symposium’s identity, designed by AKU, leverages many of the familiar and communicative conventions of the industry and the visual identities that have come to represent it, but uses light and the interior walls of the venue to give these a unique and distinctive quality.

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