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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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Bruce Juice by Marx Design, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Australian, 100% raw, cold pressed juice brand Bruce Juice by New Zealand graphic design studio Marx

Bruce Juice is a 100% raw, cold pressed, fruit juice and plant milk brand new to the Australian market. It launched this year with five juice and vegetable blends, Red, Redder, Orange, Greener, Golden and Nutter, an almond milk, and a packaging and visual identity treatment by New Zealand based graphic design studio Marx Design.

Using a mix of illustration and texture, loose hand drawn logotype and custom typography, bright but natural colour and plenty of white space, and by balancing visual impact and communicative clarity, familiarity and originality, Marx Design helped Bruce Juice to realise their desire to establish a contemporary and playful brand personality that would also secure a strong health-focused market positioning.

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EDL Laminates by Bravo, Singapore

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for high pressure laminate distributor EDL by graphic design studio Bravo.

Working with manufacturers in Italy, Korea and Taiwan EDL provides high pressure laminates for architects and interior designers throughout Asia, and is dedicated to anticipating trends, adopting the latest technologies and introducing its own break-through innovations that amome from a decade of industry experience.

To coincide with EDL’s tenth anniversary, and a push further into the international market, the company worked with Singapore and New York based graphic design studio Bravo to help reimagine its visual identity. This included logo design, business cards, magazine cover, brochure and website that position EDL as curators of high-quality raw materials to artists through brightly coloured geometric patterns, silver block foil detail, material texture, and a paper craft component. This article was updated 09/16 with images of EDL’s 2016 brochure.

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