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Vinoteca by dn&co, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and menu design for London restaurant group Vinoteca by British graphic design studio dn&co.

Vinoteca is a group of London based restaurants, founded by business partners and friends Brett Woonton and Charlie Young, that were inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy. Aside from the restaurant experience, and as a testament to the quality of their wine list, these restaurants also operate as local wine retailers.

dn&co. were commissioned to refresh and formalise Vinoteca’s brand identity. With an emphasis on balance and clarity, and a desire to convey Vinoteca’s welcoming and easily digestible take on the complex world of wine, dn&co., in opposition to the simplicity and clinicality often favoured by similarly positioned restaurants, embraces material colour and texture, typographic reduction and flourish, space and rich photography. This extends across menus, wine lists and labels, business cards and website.

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Strategy Thinking Issue 5 by Strategy

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Cover and editorial design for Thinking 5 Issue 5 by graphic design studio Strategy

Strategy Thinking™ is an ongoing self-published series from New Zealand, Australia and Tokyo based graphic design studio Strategy. It provides the studio with a concise and compelling platform to showcase their work, communicate how they help their clients, and convey the insight and creative thinking that unites their five studios. The series also includes in-depth case studies and articles.

The latest edition looks to unravel some of the challenges that come with taking a brand to the international market. Features include insight into cultural sensitivities and the universal rules for international business, alongside case studies that cover Strategy’s work for Bryan Pearson and The Arts Foundation, amongst many others.

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The University of Sydney by Maud, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Prospectus / undergraduate guide for The University of Sydney by graphic design studio Maud, Australia

Although The University of Sydney is recognised as the oldest university in Australia, one steeped in history, it has, more recently, suffered from a decline in its rank and the perception that it is unwilling to adapt to a changing, increasingly competitive and well-branded educational landscape. In response to this the university worked with Surry Hills based graphic design studio Maud to reposition it in a way that would bet­ter reflect its for­ward think­ing nature and pion­eer­ing spirit. This was achieved through a diverse typographical approach to communication, bound by a limited colour palette and applied to undergraduate guides, posters, brochures and website.

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