Opinion by Maisie Benson.
G . F Smith is an independent British paper merchant with a heritage dating back to 1885 and a loyal staff, some of whom have provided over 20 years of loyal service. Made Thought, the design studio behind the visual identity for G . F Smith’s distinctive Colorplan range, were recently commissioned to develop a new brand identity for the company that would better reflect the legacy, stature and future ambitions of the company. This included a new logo and logotype, sample and heritage booklets, stationery, pin badges and website.
Today’s review was written by Maisie Benson, a final year graphic design student studying at Falmouth university. Maisie has secured placements at renowned studios jkr, Smith & Milton and B&B Studio, and has a keen interest in brand identity and packaging design.
Taco República is described by Bielke&Yang, the design studio behind its visual identity, as Norway’s very first genuine taqueria. Wanting to avoid some of the Mexican restaurant clichés, Bielke&Yang juxtaposed classic typography and a guacamole based color scheme with a colourful and contemporary illustrative panel created by Uglylogo, which offers a humorous take on the “enthusiasm and craziness” of the local community prior to opening, to convey traditional quality and a contemporary experience.
Roberto Revilla, working with his wife Carolina, provides luxury yet accessible custom tailoring services nationally and internationally from his premises not far from London’s Saville Row. As well as tailoring, Roberto also retails a range of high quality accessories online.
In response to a growing global client base and a desire to position the company alongside the “giants of luxury tailoring” such as Tom Ford, Armani, Canali and Zegna, Roberto worked with Friends to develop a new brand identity. Influenced by established fashion brands and global trends, Roberto’s own likes and dislikes, and unusually, the feedback of 40 of his clients, Friends delivered a solution that reflects a philosophy of accessible luxury, high standards, personal service and material craft delivered through logotype, monogram, stationery, stitched labels, suit bags and website design.