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Nota Bene by Blok, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Toronto restaurant Nota Bene by graphic design studio Blok, Canada

Nota Bene is a restaurant, located on Toronto’s Queen Street West, with a menu made from locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. It was opened by chef David Lee and business partners Yannick Bigourdan and Franco Prevedello in 2008, and was awarded “Best New Restaurant” by Toronto Life and enRoute Magazine soon after.

To coincide with the restaurant’s 2016 relaunch—which saw David Lee take sole ownership and the unveiling of a new menu and interior—Nota Bene worked with Canadian graphic design studio Blok to develop a new visual identity. This was inspired by David Lee’s approach to food and the restaurant’s new environment; a marriage of organic detail and contemporary materiality created by +tongtong, and runs across menus, stationery, business cards, postcards, coasters, packaging and website.

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Héctor Ayuso by Mucho, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for OFFF Festival founder and director Héctor Ayuso by graphic design studio Mucho

Héctor Ayuso is the founder and director of renowned festival OFFF, a celebration of creative process that takes place each year in the Spanish city of Barcelona. Héctor recently looked to graphic design studio Mucho to help define and express who he is and how he works through a new visual identity. This extends across business cards, postcards and moodbook, and features loose hand drawn type, diverse imagery, material texture and craft finishes.

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Aman by Construct, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and logotype for luxury resort business Aman by Construct, United Kingdom

Aman is a collection of resorts, hotels and luxury residencies that offer access to a wide variety of remote and urban destinations. Its first resort, Amanpuri, was opened in Thailand in 1988. Since then it has expanded across the world, seeking out transformative experiences and awe-inspiring locations throughout Asia, Indonesia, China, Japan, the Americas, North Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean.

Inspired by the earliest forms of alphabets and mark-making, London based graphic design studio Construct developed a new brand identity for Aman that would reflect its values and the high quality of its experiences. This is expressed through custom typography, earthy colour palette, tactile material texture and high quality print finish that links press-pack, business cards and menus.

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