One of the things I do enjoy the most on Abduzeedo is discovering the stories behind the projects we feature. Designing with a purpose and expressing a meaning or a story through the clean lines and strokes of a logo is quite beautiful. Let’s take a look at the work of Adriana Astua about designing a concept branding for organizing a Sport Games in Costa Rica. Behind the initiative, the folks from Publimark Mullen Lowe asked their team how they would envision their ideas for every single province of the country. Adriana was given the task for Cartago City. I like the fact that she used the concept of focusing her design on little mosaics, that together formed a pattern related in a diversity of architectural works. Hope you will enjoy! Cartago is a Costa Rican small province full of richness: its people, flora and fauna, history and colonial architecture. As an “elected” city to organize the 2016 Games its logo was designed unifying Cartago’s most important historical icons. The Basílica, Turrialba Volcano and Cachí’s Dam are surrounded by a sphere from Guayabo’s National Monument, achieving a powerful synthesis, elegant and with a lot of movement. Each icon is created with 5 lines as a tribute to the 5 Games rings. Credits 3D & Modeling: Tatiana Astua & Giovanni Rojas Copywriting: Federico Nieto More information via her Behance.
We have featured Socio Design a couple of times here on ABDZ but they keep delivering amazing work. This time we want to share the beautiful branding and visual identity work they did for Stevenson Systems. We also have to highlight our admiration for the simplicity and elegancy of their work not only in the visual identity but the web site as well. Stevenson Systems are a Space Accountancy firm based in Los Angeles, USA. Founded by Peter L. Stevenson in 1986, they have been instrumental in shaping the industry by unifying the understanding of commercial measurement between architects and developers. - Bechance Stevenson Systems approached Socio to create a new brand identity that would solidify their reputation as global leaders in the Space Accounting field and future proof the business from competing firms. A key requirement of the business strategy was to highlight the full range of services on offer that go beyond measuring buildings. To achieve this, we created a new mission statement of ‘Discovering Hidden Value’. This helped to suggest that the true benefit of their services lay in the opportunities a landlord was afforded from their consultation and management services after measurement. - Socio Design Branding About Socio Design Socio Design is a Graphic Design agency. They work with a diverse range of clients, from start-ups to multinationals, creating memorable design that grabs target audiences, builds brands, and ultimately achieves results. From concept to completion they deliver engaging design solutions that work harder. For more information check out http://www.sociodesign.co.uk/
We share a lot of articles on branding and visual identity. Most of the work we feature is very clean and tend to be super digital for lack of better term. What I want to say, that most of the symbols and logos lose a bit of the original traces from the sketch phases. Ride & Sons is a different case. The project was shared by BMD DESIGN and it has this really cool style that preserves the drawing irregular form to add a lot of personality and character to the brand. BMD is a design studio from Bordeaux, France. Their work is super stylish and we highly recommend that you check out their work at http://www.bmddesign.fr/ Visual identity
In a middle of revamping a client’s branding design, as most of us will do, we’ll find paid time to surf around and see what’s going out there as inspiration and for this case in branding. I wouldn’t necessary look for any trends to apply but simply surfing around and let my mind go free. I stumbled across this beautiful packaging design by and her concept for a fictional wine brand. I kind of like the approach with the french terminology associated with a tattoo, along with the color palette chosen to represents the garden (jardin). Sarah is an art director and graphic designer based in Toronto, Canada. Other than her conceptual work, she has worked with Canadian brands (Toronto-based) like: Smoke's Poutinerie and Vaughan Mills just to name a few. We shall look forward to seeing more of her in the future. Concept for Wine Brand and Packaging More information: http://sarahgwan.com/wp.
WHYNOT NightClub Identity is a branding project shared by Quim Marin. There is a lot of things to love about this project but for me the color palette and the symbol are super strong and modern. I can say if it is long lasting but I believe for a NightClub I believe that is not the main goal. I also like the way Quim worked with the symbol for the posters and collaterals. Quim Marin is an art director and freelance designer with more than 15 years of experience. He is based in Barcelona, Spain. For more information make sure to check out http://www.quimmarin.com/ Branding
Simple and elegant branding work is always inspiring, at least for me. The Boontheshop project by NR2154NYC is an amazing example. Boontheshop is Seoul’s leading luxury concept store and of course the branding work reflects that. It's pretty much black and white and minimalistic. I know this type of project doesn't work for a broader audience but boy it looks cool, at least just to see the attention to details, from the packaging to the semi-serif typeface, everything seems very well-crafted. NR2154 NYC is a design team from New York especialized in fashion, typography and editorial design. For more information about the work check out their Behance profile. Branding
We mostly present projects for the quality of the work, how original is the concept but we don't often showcase a project for the story behind it. What was driven behind that design, the efforts that made this project a total great success? Let us introduce the Brand Identity, Print & Packaging Design for Stories Café that is located in Leeds, UK. Other than serving coffee, you are welcomed in an Scandinavian-inspired space. A beautiful design by Passport Design Bureau that took a contemporary approach at making a journey to the source of the ingredients. The branding might be clean and simple but we just can't be ignored and be touched by the story behind. Brand identity and print collateral for new, independent café 'Stories', boasting artisan coffee, cold-pressed juice and a locally-sourced menu. More Information: http://www.wearepassport.com.
We've previously featured the work from Serafim Mendes with Invisible Cities on Abduzeedo and now he's back with a collaboration with Danny Ivan on their submission for Andante Design Contest where they had to create a new concept for the metro cards on its branding and also providing designs for advertising and promotional content. The challenge was to be limited by using Andante's existing logo and colours. For those who don't know, Andante is the intermodal ticketing system used in public transportation in the metropolitan area of Porto, Portugal. Let's take a look at their beautifully done concept and see what was their thinking behind their idea. Submission for the Andante Ideas Contest, hosted by Transportes Intermodais do Porto (TIP). A project by Danny Ivan and Serafim Mendes. Credits Danny Ivan Serafim Mendes
It's been quite a few days without any editorial design project here on the blog. It's time to change that with a really cool project created by Mohamed Samir for Tecom Parks. The brochures he created are quite stylish. It feels more like a collateral for an exhibit or an upscale brand due to the simple typography, black and white photos and bold text. I especially like the cover he designed as you can see below. It adds bold colors over the start black and white layout. It feels simple but very elegant. I don't know if that was what he was trying to do, if so, he definitely accomplished it Tecom Parks editorial designs, a series of brochures that fall under one pack. The covers are following each park identity while the books layouts are almost same to maintain the feeling of one family package. Editorial Design Mohamed Samir is a Lead Designer from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His focus is on Graphic Design, Branding, Illustration. For more information check out his Behance profile.
A design process is not a simple to accomplish, especially when it's a popular brand like Adobe. Through the layers of bureaucracy, there will be also research, information architecture and programming for the goal to represents a design organization committed to creating innovative digital experiences. We are following the process behind the process of rebranding the Adobe Experience into simply calling themselves as Adobe Design. Charging into challenges and ideation, the team went forward with the mindset of one design move with solid shapes and gradients. I really dig the abstract approach that wasn't quite definitive in their previous launch. I also love the fact that they deconstructed the logos to create the posters, nameplates and wallpapers. Congratulations to Adobe Design Brand Team! For over 10 years, our organization had been called Adobe Experience Design. While we loved our original identity, we believed it was time to streamline our name and align with industry standards. After consulting with stakeholders across the board, we decided to rebrand ourselves as Adobe Design. We believe that this new name will resonate more with our external audience and better present what we do as an organization to prospective hires.Adobe Design is a worldwide organization of over 160 designers, engineers, researchers, program managers, writers, and makers. We create smart, sophisticated applications for a wide variety of devices, and our expertise ranges from interaction and visual design to research, information architecture, and programming. Once we finalized our new logo, the next step was to create an identity system. We deconstructed the logo mark into its core shapes: the square pixel and the circle. From these two shapes we derived a series of units that would serve as the building blocks of our visual language. Credits Anny Chen Shawn Cheris Sonja Hernandez Sam Wick More information via Behance.
Mixing through branding, graphic design and typography, we've always been fans of Kevin Cantrell. Learning more about Kevin's motto/philosophy, we'll find ourselves in a branding system filled with brand architecture, graphic marks, monograms, seals, badges and much more worth considering. We wouldn't say that Kevin's work is expressing a certain style of typography but through the years we can admit that he has put out incredible and inspiring works that explore many colour palettes and layered patterns. His distinct attention to details gave him opportunities to work with big brands out there and also being named by Print Magazine's 20 under 30 New Visual Artists of 2014. Currently based in Salt Lake City, Utah, we are taking a closer look at his latest project for Tom’s Town Distilling Co, a company who represents the Kansas City’s first legal distillery since Prohibition. Taking inspiration from Tom Pendergast, we are exploring the strong work from the past that shaped the future of its kind, right now. Tom’s Town Distilling Co. is downtown Kansas City’s first legal distillery since Prohibition. Drawing inspiration from the country’s most polarizing and corrupt political boss, Tom Pendergast, Tom’s Town brings to life the glamorous magnetism of the Gatsby-era. Rooted in a deco optimism, Kansas City flouted Prohibition under the Pendergast machine. Today as Kansas City experiences its second cultural rebirth, the people are still thirsty. Welcome to Tom’s Town, where free spirits reign. KCS created a comprehension branding identity system including a proprietary font, designed exclusively for Tom’s Town. More information: http://kevincantrell.com and also check out http://satelliteoffice.tv.
Branding and visual identity projects demand a huge amount of work. At this point I believe everyone should know that but despite of all this effort and dedication, the final result usually tends to look very simple. It's almost like you think it wasn't difficult at all to get to that point. That's that old saying "If I Had More Time, I Would Have Written a Shorter Letter" - I believe that is and should be the goal of every designer working on a branding project. The folks from the Studio Lin showcase that quite well for the ABA Architects Print and Identity. Focus on expressing a practical and industrious quality. The simple combination of white, black and yellow with a beautiful typography makes this project and good example of visual identity in my opinion. The industry they are designing for also allowed them to go to the minimalist route. Architects, like designers, share the love for grids, organization and simplicity. As the Studio Lin mentions on his Behance post, the their goal was to "focus on expressing a practical and industrious quality." I believe they achieved that as you can see below. Branding work Studio Lin is the graphic design practice of Alex Lin. Our work process is founded on a desire to explore new territory through challenging collaborations with creative visionaries in the fields of architecture, industrial design, art and fashion. Studio Lin’s focus is on comprehensive design systems in all media, including web, social media, advertising, publishing, video and environmental. A lean office able to offer highly competitive rates, the studio can tap into a carefully curated network of highly skilled designers, printers, programmers, animators and writers. Clients receive the thorough and undivided attention of Alex Lin, who directs every project from conception through execution, overseeing any additional services as needed.
Let's start off the week (for me for sure) with a branding project that involves graphic design, illustration and lots of data. I would agree with most of you that data is quite a boring subject and quite a challenge to tackle through design. If we are looking for a UX data-driven perspective, then I would say that is a really fun thing to do because making UI design based on data will always make things even more effective but not an illustrative kind of way. Let's take a closer look at the work from Casey Martin and the rebrand at Arcadia Data. From the Logo, Identity, Posters, Collateral, Iconography; what's striking from his approach is the tone of the colours, the contrast of the black colour on thick clean light gray lines just set everything off on the right foot. The fact you can make something boring into something beautiful but informative is just amazing. There are millions of ways to analyze big data—most of which are pretty complicated and confusing. For analysts, investors, researchers, and opinion leaders, these statistics are a big part of life. Big data looks different for them than for the rest of us; it’s not static—it’s exciting, dynamic, even beautiful. That became the goal: to show that Arcadia Data translates raw information into something meaningful, compelling, and personal. After all, everything becomes interesting through the right lens. Credits Brent Clouse Jonathan Corriveau Eric Louis Haines Craig Mangan + Paul Charney More information: http://www.caseymart.in.
Before web font sites like Typekit and Google Fonts it was very hard to access libraries of popular and renowned typefaces. There was the FontFont with one of the biggest and most beautiful collection of fonts from famous typographers and popular foundries. The only problem was that you had to buy them. An alternative for me was the site Dafont, with their massive collection of free fonts it was a good alternative for my typography endeavors. The site remained the same for quite .a long time but now, apparently it is getting a well deserved redesign by André Mendes. André is working on the rebranding and web site for Dafont and he was super nice to share a bit of the process behind it with examples of the UI system and some insights about his creative process. The idea behind this exercise is to enhance this great free source tool for designers and give it a new identity, since the one they have is, in my opinion, quite poor. The font used is Circular, from Lineto, one of my favorites. I love the use of negative space for the logo, it's a simple, yet effective way to play with the typography, especially for a very well-known word, like font. The result is quite elegant in my humble opinion. Branding Designing with a system helps to unify all the visual and functional elements, providing a consistent and simple interface, says André. The benefits of using a Modular System is that it makes it easier to organize all the information on the website, it also easier to make it responsive and easier to develop. Website André Mendes is a Madrid-based graphic designer, specialized in editorial, graphic, branding and UI/UX. For more information about this project make sure to visit the Behance project.
I have been a fan of TED for a long time, it's hard to point when, I'd say since the beginning and it's incredible to see how much it has expanded with the TEDx. There are so many events happening and the cool thing is that they have their own brand in a way like the one that Vibri Design did and excellent job branding the TEDx Fortaleza. It has this beautiful sense of motion and clash of elements, like the talks everyone expected from a TED event. Below you can see a bit of what I am talking about with some description from the designers. Vibri was in charge of TEDx Fortaleza’s visual identity. The concept "looks that transform”, designed in partnership with Matuta agency, is about empathy, a bout try to see the world through other eyes. To translate this, they used the kaleidoscope as a starting point. Its central triangular image that radiates in all directions seemed to be a good metaphor. Symbols and graphics were developed, making reference to the op art and playing with different looks and views Among all the materials and collaterals created, the poster in my opinion really shines. They achieved this retro yet modern look playing with a very dark theme. I feel that red and black can be quite daunting to work with but Vibri really excelled at branding this TED event. Basic branding concept and identity To reach the press and opinion leaders a real kaleidoscope was sent to those people. We invited them to experience the concept by using the object and sharing the images generated by it. Vibri is a design studio based in Fortaleza, northeast of Brazil. With a multidisciplinary profile, they design projects in many areas of the field but with a lot of focus on editorial design, branding and package design. For more information about Vibri check out http://www.vibri.com.br/
Working on a brand identity is always a good challenge, it's not for nothing that most of us has multiple different practices to understand more the client and ultimately be on the same page. Let's take a look at the visual identity of Bó - Burger and Fries, a culinary place located in Kielce, Poland. Behind this mixed branding, the folks from Hopa Studio took on this project in branding, interior design and packaging as well. I kind of enjoyed the mixture of mediums into something quite different from what we usually see, hope you'll like it. Bó, for us, is an example of a good cooperation of a client and invited people, basing on trust, passion and specialization.Joanna Walczykowska has been responsible for the illustrations. Kamil Borowski, specializing in lettering, transformed the golden paint into calligraphic works of art. The corporate identity assumes two layers – the first associated with slow food, urban life and culture. The second – golden – refers to the style of the New York subway, graffiti and hip-hop. Elegant, glamorous typography combined with the style of letters and graphic forms, close to the style of the streets. About Hopa Studio Hopa Studio is an agency based in Warsaw, Poland. They focus their work into creating solutions not only for good aesthetic in different fields of design. We should look forward to see more from them. More information: http://www.hopastudio.com/en.
Big, bold, fresh, new are the few keywords that the gang behind Re Sydney were giving to be responsible at rebranding Australia’s second largest telecommunication company named: Optus. In front of this superb but enormous project, that new look had to go and live through music, sports and tv content. Let's sit back and take a closer look at this global collaborative project to inspire people with what one can make possible. Optus, Australia’s second largest telco, is embarking upon an aggressive change strategy, expanding from delivering telecommunications to creating rich customer experiences with an emphasis on entertainment. Re was asked to create a new brand, ﬁt for this bold new world. The new positioning places Optus’s iconic ‘Yes’ in the hands of its customers. The brand is shifting from saying ‘Yes’ to creating ‘Yes Moments’ for customers. When Optus gets things right, the response from the customer is ‘Yes’. Conceived as a digitally native brand, the new identity pares back design elements to let entertainment speak for itself. The brand expression feels bigger, bolder and lives through music, sport and TV content. With a brand as relevant and compelling as the content it delivers, Optus is rewriting the rules on what a telco can be. The new brand strives to inspire people with what Optus can make possible. About Re Sydney Re Sydney is an agency based in Sydney, Australia that focuses their work into graphic design, branding and typography. Their motto? Create brands that move at the speed of culture. Credits Re Sydney Michael Webster Alex Creamer Michael Kirkpatrick Chris Maclean More information: http://re-sydney.co.