Persillade is a Melbourne cafe opposite Jolimont Station with a large double shop front and an interior of reclaimed wood and bottles, white tiles, steel, glass and classic furniture. Design studio Clear were commissioned by owners Aidan and Tanya Raftery to develop a graphic identity for the cafe that would bring some “much needed soul, texture and community to the very private neighbourhood of East Melbourne”. This went on to include a custom logotype, print assets such as menus and wine labels that feature illustration by Oslo Davies, as well as signage and interior design.
Opinion by Maisie Benson.
G . F Smith is an independent British paper merchant with a heritage dating back to 1885 and a loyal staff, some of whom have provided over 20 years of loyal service. Made Thought, the design studio behind the visual identity for G . F Smith’s distinctive Colorplan range, were recently commissioned to develop a new brand identity for the company that would better reflect the legacy, stature and future ambitions of the company. This included a new logo and logotype, sample and heritage booklets, stationery, pin badges and website.
Today’s review was written by Maisie Benson, a final year graphic design student studying at Falmouth university. Maisie has secured placements at renowned studios jkr, Smith & Milton and B&B Studio, and has a keen interest in brand identity and packaging design.
Harry Watts is a British photographer who takes a systematic approach to location and explores the relationship between people and objects. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and was selected by Italian Vogue for solo exhibitions in London and Madrid.
Harry’s brand identity, developed by London based studio Birch, is representative of his unique process of removing excess information through the simple combination of a single bold, uppercase and condensed sans-serif typeface, black ink and plenty of unprinted white space, and utilises an unconventional structure, ‘ruthlessly’ pushing text off edges, to draw distinction from these. Elements such as surface texture and newsprint are introduced to reinforce project specific concepts such as high quality materials, discarded objects and mass communication whilst retaining the non-essential philosophy. The result is an unwavering consistent austerity that successfully draws out photographic detail and conveys, without undermining, Harry’s reductive process.