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Hello Ruby by Kokoro & Moi, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Hello Ruby by graphic design studio Kokoro & Moi

Hello Ruby is a Scandinavian company that offers an accessible and playful way for children to learn about technology, computing and coding, guided by Ruby, an illustrated character, and her animal friends. Founded in 2009, with the intention of being a small art project, and initially limited to a book, Hello Ruby has rapidly grown into a popular and comprehensive children’s computing brand, following a Kickstarter campaign in 2014.

Hello Ruby is a natural progression from the limited brick building tools of early learning and the spontaneity of drawing, to the infinite possibilities and creative freedom of the digital world. This step, and connection, proliferates Hello Ruby’s brand identity, developed by Finnish graphic design studio Kokoro & Moi, through brightly coloured blocks, hand cut paper-based type and pictograms, hand drawn illustration, and monospaced font. These unite work books and folders, business cards and website.

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Edouard Malingue Gallery by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Posters for Edouard Malingue Gallery by graphic design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist

Edouard Malingue Gallery exhibits work by emerging and established artists from around the world across its 6000 sq ft space in central Hong Kong. Through collaborations with international curators, and its own publications, alongside solo exhibitions, the gallery looks to introduce art into public spaces and to stimulate public discourse.

The gallery features an interior that juxtaposes the white unblemished walls and plinths you might expect from a modern art gallery with the irregular qualities and cool greys of cast concrete, exposed utilities, strip lighting above and grey tiles below. It also utilises a visual identity system developed by Swedish graphic design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist. This was launched to coincide with the gallery’s move to larger premises.

Lundgren+Lindqvist’s visual identity concept makes a connection between the three strokes of a simplified E and M (the initials of Edouard Malingue), the three words that make up the gallery’s name (Edouard Malingue Gallery) and its location on 33 Deux Veux Street. This is visualised as trisections through a grid system which underpins the print and website layout of custom typography, and informs the number folds across leaflets, letters and posters.

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VBMS by Studio Dumbar, Netherlands

Opinion by Richard Baird.

VBMS logo, visual identity and stationery by Studio Dumbar.

Visser & Smith Marine Contracting is the market leader for subsea power cable installation in Europe. It provides and lays grid-to-grid connections for offshore wind farms and similar facilities. Following investment from and partnership with dredging and marine experts Boskalis, Studio Dumbar worked with VMSC, now named VBMS (VolkerWessels Boskalis Marine Solutions), to provide strategy, brand identity design and creative direction that would help launch this new partnership onto the international market place. This included brochures, business cards, stationery and signage.

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