Victor Martinez is a MX based architect and studio founder described by client Carlos Caballero as having a ‘great sensitivity to aesthetic balance’, ‘spatial intelligence’ and believes that ‘function rules over all things’. Supermodernist design bureau Face recently developed a new visual identity for the studio which combines a structural monogram, a personal and practical hand-stamped print treatment and the raw tactile and architectural textures of an uncoated substrate choice.
Based on the ‘matrix of intersecting, wireframe boxes’ that surround the theatre’s architectural structure, the original identity drew on the ‘heritage of theatre, while alluding to the contemporary nature of the performances’ with a proprietary typeface that mixes slim and broad, humanist, and geometric characters with sharp junctions and terminals, stencil cut detail, dual lines and a fluorescent tube finish. This has now been expanded on under the theme of ‘new light’ with a direction that allows the typography to play an integral role in illuminating theatrical scenes through some really well shot scenes executed across the collaterals. The result is a clear juxtaposition of light and shade that delivers a strong sense of space and dramatic performance.
Sam Flaherty is a Sydney based freelance graphic designer and art director with a client roster that has included Citibank, Penguin Publishing and Panasonic. His visual identity, a juxtaposition of machine production and hand-finish – communicated through stamp and marker detail, craft material and personal language alongside modernistic non-hierachical, sans-serif typography, grid-based layouts, conventional print techniques, a limited colour palette and plenty of space – bound together by a contrasting circular logo-type – neatly reflects his belief in ‘clear, concise messages through design elegance and reduction’. It is a design solution that resolves a personal but professional approach through a smart combination of creativity and restraint, an aesthetic that is consistently reflected throughout Sam’s portfolio.