Borders Railway Opening Celebrations by KVGD, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Borders Railway Opening Celebration by Glasgow based graphic design studio KVGD

Borders Railway is 30 miles of new track, built largely upon the old Waverley Line, that runs between Edinburgh and Tweedbank within the Scottish Borders. Its commissioning saw the end of a fifty year wait for train services to be reinstated in the region and is the longest new domestic railway to be constructed in Britain for over 100 years.

The line was opened by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, on September 6th, and was marked by a journey from Edinburgh, aboard a steam engine, and by the unveiling of a plaque at Tweedbank station.

Stark Events commissioned Glasgow based graphic design studio KVGD to develop a visual identity for the opening of the railway. This included logo design, commemorative brochure, tickets, plaque and brand guidelines, and also extended to badges, flags, tote bags and banners.

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Marco Marco by Acre, Singapore

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Sans-serif logotype and business card design by Acre for Singapore based Italian restaurant brand Marco Marco

Marco Marco is an Italian restaurant business with five locations across the city-state of Singapore and an affordable menu made up of international interpretations of classic dishes. These are created from simple recipes inspired by modern food culture using fresh locally sourced ingredients. The name, a reference to the adventures of merchant traveller Marco Polo, was chosen to reflect the international meeting point of ingredients and cultures.

Marco Marco’s brand identity, designed by Acre, draws on the simplicity and accessibility of the experience, the quality and creativity of the dishes and their modern international influences, and visualises these through the juxtaposition of a simple type alongside the detail of deconstructed dish photography. The project included business card and menu design.

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The Empire Café designed by Graphical House

Logo designed by Graphical House for The Empire Café

The Empire Café is a pop-up venue located in Glasgow’s Merchant City that looks to explore Scotland’s relationship with the North Atlantic slave trade through coffee, sugar, tea, cotton, music, visual art, poetry, debate, workshops, walks, film and literature. The café’s brand identity, a ship-like logo, bold sans-serif typography and both a limited and rich approach to print, designed by Graphical House, is described as linking a contemporary ‘artistic programme and poetry anthology with contributors gathered from across the Commonwealth’, and references cross sea trade of the past.

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