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Bedow

Posted: November 29th, 2012 | Author: Antonio Carusone | Filed under: branding, Design, Graphic Design, identity, Print, stationery | Comments Off

Bedow askeroths

I love this corporate identity and stationery by Bedow for Askeroths trappor och räcken, a small Swedish manufacturer specializing in custom built stairs and railings.


Two-Toned Edgecoloring

Posted: October 23rd, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 180C, 70T, 90C, Business Cards, crane lettra, custom duplex, edge coloring, edge painting, Envelope, flo white, Letterpress, stationery, two color | Comments Off

We recently produced this stationery suite  designed by Together We Create for the Massachusetts based film company Mystic Artists. The design called for two-toned edgecoloring–a production first for our studio–with two edges colored bright teal and the remaining two sporting a nearly-flourescent red. The outcome is fairly stunning, if we do say so ourselves.

The business cards were printed on Crane Lettra Flo White 90C custom duplexed after printing to make a 180lb thickness. Letterhead was printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80T with a coordinating 70T pre-converted square flap #10 envelope.

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Two-Toned Edgecoloring

Posted: October 23rd, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 180C, 70T, 80T, 90C, Business Cards, crane lettra, custom duplex, edge coloring, edge painting, Envelope, flo white, Letterpress, neenah classic crest solar white, stationery, two color, two toned edge color, two toned edge coloring | Comments Off

We recently produced this stationery suite  designed by Together We Create for the Massachusetts based film company Mystic Artists. The design called for two-toned edgecoloring–a production first for our studio–with two edges colored bright teal and the remaining two sporting a nearly-flourescent red. The outcome is fairly stunning, if we do say so ourselves.

The business cards were printed on Crane Lettra Flo White 90C custom duplexed after printing to make a 180lb thickness. Letterhead was printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80T with a coordinating 70T pre-converted square flap #10 envelope.

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Beautiful Blind Impression

Posted: September 11th, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 220c, blind, blind impression, business card, Business Cards, crane, crane lettra, custom letterpress, flo white, Letterpress, letterpress printing, muhs home, note card, passing notes, Pattern, stationery | Comments Off

Based out of San Francisco, Passing Notes designed this beautiful stationery system for Muhs Home, an online store retailing elegant home furnishings and accessories. Refined typography utilized two inks alongside chic illustrations. Since the illustrations were printed with no ink, what is referred to as a blind impression, we used a thick Crane Lettra Flo White 220 lb cover stock, allowing us to really go deep with the impression while reducing show through.

Other projects we have produced for Passing Notes include this Aphro Chic system and Patti Schmidt business card.

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Kasper-Florio — SI Special

Posted: August 10th, 2012 | Author: September Industry | Filed under: Business Cards, Communications, Flyers, identity, Invitations, Kasper-Florio, Larissa Kasper, Print, Rosario Florio, stationery | Comments Off

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special


Flyer announcing a party at the ‘Lokremise’, a former roundhouse at the main station in St.Gallen. Organised by the music label ‘Abbruchhaus’. Printed with spot ink on three different papers.

Fonts: Union

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special


Flyer announcing a party at the club Zukunft in Zurich. The give-away was a diamond, laser-cut from fabric by Jakob Schläpfer, which inspired us to experimenting with light refractions on typography, using our typeface ‘Kasparov’. Printed on 45 gsm white and metal coated paper.

Fonts: Kasparov

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special


Corporate identity for Made In Europe. The visual element of the new identity builds an analogy to the 12 stars of the Flag of Europe. Given 12 as a symbol of completeness and perfection formed to a circle of unity, it stands for both the careful craftmanship in every detail and the responsible treatment of natural rescources and the individuals involved in the process.

Fonts: Custom logo typeface and Baskerville

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special


Invitation cards for excursions to Basel and Leipzig/Dresden by St.Gallen’s art association ‘Kunstverein’.

Typefaces Used: TBA

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special


Corporate identity for London based menswear label Hopper & Lace. Reading the name, Edward Hopper played one of the main roles in influence to the labels work and philosophy. Whereas nudity and clothing form an important part in his figure paintings, the emotional expression of his characters, his use of color, light and shadow and the emptiness and simplicity in every scenery have been incorporated into the first collection. (Work in progress)

Fonts: FFBau and Century ATF Schoolbook

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special


Flyers announcing a party series offering a selection of fine brandies and good music. The french title means ‘Water of Life’ as a metaphor for ‘schnapps’. The lines are hand printed using a metal printing plate. In collaboration with Andrea Rüeger.

Fonts: Sanzettica

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special


Corporate identity for the 5th edition of the art fair ‘Roma Contemporary’ in Rome, Italy. To contrast the classical and historical reputation of Rome the graphics are playful and clean at the same time. The new language forms a modular system, which gives the art fair an independent and strong identity.

Fonts: Maria

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special


Flyer announcing a party at the club ‘Zukunft’ in Zurich presented by the label ‘Abbruchhaus’, which is the german expression for a condemned house. The destruction is showed through a physical transformation of the word ‘Zukunft’.

Fonts: Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special

Kasper Florio — SI Special


Invitation card announcing the birthday party of a friend. As time is a serious matter in this case we played with elements of a clock to symbolize that some things change by getting older. If it is that time is relevant or maybe irrelevant. So it is like breaking the time and forgetting its relevance for a moment and celebrating something that is more than that.

Fonts: Maria and Primus Antiqua BQ

Editorial

Today’s special feature has taken a while to materialise — work has been reshot, a website has been coded, but alas everything has come together nicely and I’m happy to share with you (Dear SI reader) a selection of brand and new (and some older) pieces of work from newly formed studio Kasper-Florio which comprises of Larissa Kasper and Rosario Florio, 2 names you may recognize from this past feature).

Kasper-Florio‘s working method follows a quality-conscious and conceptual position aiming for project specific solutions with a strong approach to elaborated and solid typography. Aspiring towards mindfully executed design, they work on various commissions in the cultural field, art, fashion and music.

At this point, do I really need to say anything else? ;) Big thank you once again to Rosario and Larissa for making this feature possible.

www.rosarioflorio.ch


BVD Identity

Posted: July 6th, 2012 | Author: Antonio Carusone | Filed under: Design, Graphic Design, identity, Print, stationery | Comments Off

Bvd stationery

BVD has launched a new identity and a website with mobile optimized versions. They put together a nice little video showing off the new site. Looking sharp.

We have given our­selves a new design. BVD has appointed a new CEO, installed a new Chair­man of the Board and wel­comed a new Part­ner and in our minds an updated com­pany requires an updated iden­tity. Our new iden­tity reflects our ambi­tions och rep­re­sents our qual­ity stan­dards in all parts. Now we have a dis­tinct logo with clean, geo­met­ri­cal lines. A logo that stands out, that is use­able in all medias and, of course, eas­ily rec­og­nized. Sim­plify to clarify!


HORT — High-res Special

Posted: June 15th, 2012 | Author: September Industry | Filed under: branding, Communications, Hort, identity, Nike, posters, Print, stationery | Comments Off

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special


Bauhaus Dessau Foundation — Corporate Identity

When we began working on the new identity of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation we decided to search for a solution that would relate more to the original ideas of Germany’s most influential Modernist school instead of relying on the visual clichés connected to Bauhaus – it seems almost impossible to use circle, square and triangle nowadays without it coming across as ironic or historicist. Apart from stationery, brochures, posters, tickets, website etc. the new identity also included the redesign of the signage of Gropius’ famous Bauhaus building. This factor making it even more important that a clear distinction could be made by visitors what was apart of the original structure and what new additions we had made.

We thought a generic design would work best in order to make this distinction. The new identity was created by using strict typography, a minimalist layout, standardised formats and no colour. Being the most generic and incidental typeface, Courier was selected as the new corporate font. To guarantee a unique identity we changed the capital “A” of Courier according to Herbert Bayer’s well-known logo on the front of the Bauhaus Dessau building. Additionally, the new Bauhaus Dessau logotype is always set vertically. The entire typographic system consists exclusively of common system fonts, an approach connected to the original Bauhaus ideology that demanded functionality and designs based on the potential of mass-production.

Typefaces Used: Dessauer Courier & Arial Black

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special


Nike Branding System/span>

Nike USA commissioned us to develop a system that easily allows them to design printed matters in a very short time, to communicate the special moment of a day. There are different kind of solutions possible. Pure typography vs. a strong image from the game – or all together as one poster. C l e v e l a n d – C o l o u r s vs. Lakers-Colours. Let the game begin.

Typeface Used: Magnificent Momentum (Custom)

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special


Calle Underground Branding

We were commissioned to work on the branding for Calle Underground. We developed a visual system for printed matter – like flyers, posters, catalogs – as well as moving image, events and apparel.

Calle Underground is a sub-brand of Calle. The identity is an interaction between two layers. The spontaneous use of the Calle typeface on the format, as well as the interaction of the doodles, create a flexible system that can steadily expand. Both levels communicate rhythm and movement, improvisation and action – like in street soccer.

Typeface Used: Super Grotesk

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special


Nike: Witness Campaign

Nike USA commissioned us to design the key visuals for the WITNESS campaign. LeBron James is playing in different cities and is wearing a special shoe. Therefore we came up with these nice letterpress images.

Typeface Used: Custom

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special

HORT — High res Special


Nike: The World Is Watching

Oliver wanted to provide notecards for the fashion press at his Spring/Summer menswear show at the finale of London Fashion Week 2012. The solution uses a single sheet of folded paper to hold four A6 cards.

Typeface Used: Custom

Editorial

HORT began its inhabitance back in 1994, under the previous stage name of EIKES GRAFISCHER HORT, named after Eike König the original founder. HORT is a direct translation of the studio’s mission — a creative playground — a place where ‘work and play’ can be said in the same sentence. Once a household name in the music industry HORT is now, a multi-disciplinary creative hub. Not just a studio space, but an institution devoted to making ideas come to life. A place to learn, a place to grow, and a place that is still growing. Not a client execution tool, HORT has been known to draw inspiration from things other than design.

Having admired HORT’S approach to design for quite some time now, it only recently dawned on me that HORT have never actually been featured on SI! So today I can finally atone for this “crime” and feature a nice selection of their newer projects with more to come in the near future (at this time of writing, HORT were having some trouble accessing higher-re versions of other projects).

Big thank you once again to Eike and Elizabeth for making this feature possible and I hope you, dear SI reader, enjoyed this feature :)

www.hort.org.uk


Build Stationery

Posted: June 13th, 2012 | Author: Antonio Carusone | Filed under: Design, Graphic Design, paper, Print, stationery | Comments Off

Build Stationery

Build just did up a new set of stationery for themselves and it’s absolutely stunning. Foil-blocked metallic Green and gloss Black (including Black foil on the inside of the envelopes) on Colorplan White Frost.


A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

Posted: May 18th, 2012 | Author: September Industry | Filed under: A Friend Of Mine, Art Direction, Books, branding, Communications, identity, Interaction Design, Packaging, Postcard, stationery, Suzy Tuxen | Comments Off

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase


Significant Others Shop
Significant Others is a carefully edited online retailer offering locally crafted artworks and objects. The project is especially personal to the studio as it is a partnership between A Friend Of Mine’s Suzy Tuxen and longtime friend Ryan Ward, craftsman of United Measures. The products have a focus on hand crafted techniques rather than mass production, making each piece a labour of love. As well as the branding, packaging and web design, A Friend Of Mine designed the plywood series, abstractly and geometrically celebrating individual letters of the alphabet; which includes a pictoral set based on traditional Chinese ‘Tangrams’ providing a minimalist alternative for children’s bedrooms.

Art direction of photography was critical to the success of this project, with no physical presence, it was vital that the artworks and objects be seen in the home context, and the details and textures be shown. A Friend Of Mine worked collaboratively with Shane Loorham, in styling and art directing the range in local Melbourne homes. The website was designed with a clean interface suitable for multiple viewing platforms. The brand identity is bold and geometric, echoing the artwork and objects, while retaining an understated feel and allowing the products to be the primary focus. We created a monogram for Significant Others, which is punched into each artwork as a ‘maker’s marque’, following the tradition of potters and silversmiths.

$5 from every purchase is donated to Médecins Sans Frontières.

www.significantothersshop.com

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase


Modhouse
Founders of ‘Beach House Constructions’ decided to create a new business, Modhouse, focusing solely on sustainable modular homes. The various Modhouse prefabricated modules are perfect for those who want a quality, contemporary, sustainable home in a short time frame. The Modhouse brand identity system is based on a grid on which various graphic modules can be composed. Like the homes these modules are flexibly arranged in dynamic layouts to best suit the given content and context. This concept revolves around the notions of choice, adaptability and control, suggesting that Modhouse clients have the perfect toolkit when designing their dream home or project. The typography is bold, simple and clean and the varied palette, again hinting to flexibility, reflects the Scandanavian style of the homes. Online environment by Golden Grouse and That Mob.

www.modhouse.com.au

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase


Tourism Victoria
Several logos were created specifically for events held by ATE 09, a tourism trade show that connects Australian tourism business with international tourism retailers, suppliers, wholesalers and operators. ‘Hide and Seek’ is a dinner at Block Arcade in Melbourne, the maze style referencing the title and themes of the night. ‘Play’ is a dinner focussed on the concept of being a spectator at a Melbourne event. The letterforms are made up from the playing fields and markings of the three sports in focus, Horse racing, Tennis and Football.

We also designed a Gift postcard for the Australian Tourism Exchange 2009 (ATE 2009). This postcard will be inserted into a giveaway Crumpler bag for delegates, featuring Josh Petherick’s illustration, ‘Maze’. In keeping with Tourism Victoria’s thread theme, the threads begin with a journey, navigating through Melbourne’s famous icons, then meet in the centre to form a parcel gift.

These projects were made in collaboration with Coöp.

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase


Micro Kitchen
A Friend Of Mine collaborated with Broadsheet to bring Melbourne’s best chefs and designers together for a pop-up event, Micro Kitchen. AFOM’s Suzy Tuxen collaborated with Rhys Gorgol to design the identity, promotional materials and the interiors for the space. As part of the State of Design Festival, Micro Kitchen was a week-long event in which a variety of designers each “briefed” a renowned Melbourne chef on creating a soup, one for each day of the week.

The idea of a designer and chef ‘spooning’ lent a tongue-in-cheek approach to the identity. Fitting with the temporary ‘pop-up’ atmosphere, the window signage was all hand-painted, and logos illustrated in chalk to maximise impact within a lean budget.

Plywood furniture was made to house the pop-up coffee, soup and alcohol stalls, and a custom-built long table facilitated communal and social interaction. To decorate the lofty space we created a mobile of suspended spoons in a zig-zag pattern — reminiscent of lace, this gave a home-like atmosphere and created a sense of warmth.

Photography: Tobias Titz, Shane Loorham & Liz McLeish.
Lighting: Volker Haug, Placemats: Lightly

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase


Kitsch&Tea
Kitsch&Tea is a store and cafe by Naomi Burd selling bespoke teas and homewares. The identity created centres around the duality of the Kitsch&Tea offer. A unique typographic marque was created with an ampersand that can be seen in two ways; at first as an ampersand, and again as a tilted tea cup. A gingham pattern reminiscent of a 1950s kitchen tablecloth adds a nod of nostalgia to the identity.

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase


The Good Life Cookbook
Pan Macmillan publishers approached A Friend Of Mine to design and art direct ‘The Good Life’, the latest cook book by celebrity chef Adrian Richardson of La Luna Restaurant. In a saturated market, the book needed to have a point of difference and convey Adrian’s warm and passionate approach to food. An art direction style that incorporated the typography was developed, with hand-drawn titles and recreated in various mediums from ink, to flour and pastry. These physical pieces of type were then photographed in the same tone as the food and story telling images, creating a harmony and unity between type and image, and reinforcing the authenticity of Adrian’s philosophy around food. The seamless movement between type and image, and imagery and format, was continued through the book cover, in which the tablecloth used in the cover image extends to the bookmark ribbon.

Publishers: Pan Macmillan
Photographer: John Laurie
Props & Food Styling: Simon Bajada

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase

A Friend of Mine — Recent Projects Showcase


Booki.sh
Booki.sh is a complete web-based platform for distributing, selling and reading ebooks. With the intent to make reading ebooks fun and approachable, Booki.sh takes away the technical barriers. The identity had to reflect this ease in a warm and welcoming manner. A quirky bespoke typeface based on a pair of spectacles was created, lending a playful approach which was flexible enough to work as a stand-alone mark and housed within a ribbon device. We took reference from classic literary production techniques such as gilded page edges on the side of books as a nod to the past and used bookmarks as promotional collateral, adding a whimsical sense of irony to the identity. Inventive Labs designed the online environment with illustrations by Lachlan Conn and Ben Sanders. A Friend Of Mine designed subsequent illustrations, such as the ‘How to use Booki.sh’ steps in the Booki.sh booklet (Illustrations by Suzy Tuxen & Emily Fisher).

booki.sh

A Few Words from the Editor

So I got pulled into doing another feature today when SI officially “comes-back” next week — I’m sure none of you reading this are complaining… ;) In the the spotlight today is Melbourne’s A Friend of Mine (run by the ever so lovely Suzy Tuxen) who have updated their website with a large selection of new projects, many of which are showcased in all their high-res glory in this feature. Thank you once again to Suzy for the images and… Yes, I will get hold of the typeface info for each project! ;)

ADDITIONAL LINK WORTH CHECKING OUT

A Friend of Mine — SI Special
afom.com.au


Construct — Berkeley Branding

Posted: May 18th, 2012 | Author: September Industry | Filed under: branding, Communications, Construct London, Packaging, stationery | Comments Off

Construct — Berkeley Branding

Construct — Berkeley Branding

Construct — Berkeley Branding

Construct — Berkeley Branding

Construct — Berkeley Branding

Construct — Berkeley Branding

Construct — Berkeley Branding

Construct — Berkeley Branding

Construct — Berkeley Branding

Construct — Berkeley Branding

Construct — Berkeley Branding

Construct — Berkeley Branding

Construct — Berkeley Branding

Construct — Berkeley Branding


Berkeley Branding

Construct, has completed a year long branding project for the Berkeley, the five star luxury hotel in Knightsbridge owned and operated by the Maybourne hotel group.

The branding review has included a new logotype, a simply exquisite re-cut of a classic English typeface. The understatement of the logotype is balanced with an innovative and flexible branding palette, allowing the hotel to engage in a sensitive dialogue with it’s guests, turning up the wit and energy where appropriate and keeping things simple where required. The colour palette is a refined cool blue, soft
grey, deepest inky blue/black and fresh white, inspired by the hotels iconic blue bar. The branding palette includes a bespoke geometric pattern, a clean technical line drawn illustration and bold use of typography and tone of voice, a contemporary approach to branding which is the antithesis of a cookie cutter approach to corporate branding.

Particular attention has been paid to detail with the selection of high quality papers, thermographic inks used for the logotype, print, embossing and apertures used to express the pattern and a matt metallic foil used to pick out the bold, contemporary typography.

“The Berkeley brand identity had to reflect the hotel itself, a rare combination of exquisite, intuitive five star service and intelligent innovation. We wanted to create a branding palette that could be as sensitive to guests needs as the hotel itself – witty and engaging at times, discrete when required and always beautiful, warm and welcoming” — Georgia Fendley, founder, Construct.

Typefaces Used: Johnston Light, Trade Gothic Ultra Condensed 20, Baskerville (Logo) and Johnston light (Logo descriptor).

www.the-berkeley.co.uk

A Few Words from the Editor

If you’ve been following SI or Twitter, you may have caught wind of the announcement that SI will officially be back in business next week after a short hiatus (I’ve been super busy what can I say!) Thank you (dear SI reader) for being so patient and thank you for continuing to support the site :) With that said, I thought some of you might appreciate this sneaky little update to set the tone for the quality you will witness next week… And the week after… And the week after that… Etc ;)

ADDITIONAL LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT

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