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, London. 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.
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.
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.
Lily is a nifty piece of software that helps you (as a company) understand your relationship with your customers. It translates events happening within that relation into context, insights and actions for you to follow up on. Jeroen van Eerden shared a beautiful post on the process behind the branding and identity design of this product that definitely deserves a feature here on ABDZ. Lily is built around the flow of human communication, so every interaction with the product feels natural andlogical. It will let you do your work fast and structured, which will give you that blissful feeling when everything just works. About Jeroen van Eerden Jeroen is a freelance Logo & Branding specialist born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Currently he’s living in Groningen and haves 6 year experience in Logo & Branding design and worked on various projects from all over the globe. Passionate about all kinds of digital art, branding, print & packaging design and abstract arts. Always searching for creative and innovative solutions, aiming to reach new and fresh visual results, to get the best out of each project. His creative artworks have resulted in him achieving a reputation with publications, featuring’s and interviews because of his design exposure worldwide. For more information check out http://www.jeroenvaneerden.nl/
Echo is the newest of the french smartphone makers. The brand belongs to Modelabs, a historic distributor in the phone market, which had a range of entry-level phones, a segment in which it enjoys a leading position in France. The new range of four smartphones, launched in June 2016, concentrates on entry-level and midrange products, with a positioning focused on pragmatism : to offer qualitative smartphones and smart design, with no frills; an ally of everyday life. A range of devises jam-packed with useful technology. Brand Brothers were asked to facilitate this bold launch by bringing a substantive work on the brand positioning, visual identity and branding. In connection with the team, they have overhauled the project's foundations to achieve central conclusions : the brand must present itself with simplicity, honesty and strength. It must get out of low-cost codes. It must reflect uncompromised quality standards while making them accessible to all. It demystifies the possession of quality technological objects. Brand Brothers has helped the brand to find its place an already crowded market. The studio has created the brand positioning and visual identity, all visual standards, the packaging design, the website (design and development) and the artistic direction of visual products. The logo is the backbone of this new promise : this original type design tells the echo and resonance, and opens a creative territory without boundaries that deploys on the whole universe of the brand. For more information check out https://www.brandbrothers.fr/en/
Branding is all about simplicity in my opinion, it's the challenge to create a visual identity for a company that is memorable and represents the values of their business. FACE . created an amazing work for DNA Development, a company based in new York City, an exceptional place where they seek to acquire development opportunities to create beautiful, functional and liveable spaces. Driven by the concept of simplicity and elegance, FACE . developed a classic, yet modern identity that would accurately represent the soul of the brand. The symbol itself is an abstract but very clean representation of the company values: integrity and responsibility, united in the shape of a DNA molecule that will then pass on these traits onto the projects themselves. A combination of raw gray, copper foil and white, along with amazing typography and layouts gives this brand a very refined balance and elevates the brand to higher standards.
I think the truly hardest challenge as a designer is to conceptualize your own logo/brand identity. It's an easy task to accomplish for a client/gig/project but to have the same treatment for yourself is totally a different game. We can't just be so sure about do we like or not, we basically just can't decide. Which is totally odd. Well, just to remedy to that, we'll love to share this stunning identity by Tugba Ozcan and her brand called: TUTU MUNDO. Hope you will enjoy! Tutu Mundo is my personal design brand that offers designs for branding, identity, advertising, packaging, print, apparel and more…, based in London, UK. About Tugba Ozcan Tugba is a Multi-disciplinary Graphic Designer & Illustrator currently based in London, UK. Focusing the work in creating designs for branding, identity, advertising, packaging, print, apparel, and more. We look forward to see more from her. More information about Tugba, check out her Behance.
New York based Collected Coffee seeks out the world’s finest growers and specialty roasters to deliver a carefully curated coffee experience to the doorsteps of subscribers around the world. Fivethousand Fingers was the design studio behind the challenge to create the perfect representation of that mission and in my opinion they succeeded. The branding and the package are simple and elegant giving this feeling of exclusiveness and premium quality. They worked with Collected Coffee from their beginnings to create an intelligent, cultured, and curious brand designed to appeal to the increasingly sophisticated coffee enthusiast. They also designed the packaging and printed material, managed production, and developed a website that serves as both a reference for aficionados and a window into the wider world of coffee culture. We collaborated with the talented Cindy Boyce, providing art direction and set design for the product photography. In opting to pair a crisp and minimalist aesthetic with a serious dose of substance, we sought to give voice to the company’s passion for the product, and for the stories of the people who produce and enjoy it. We are excited to follow Collected on their adventures across the globe, and we’re delighted to be pursuing our work with them as they continue to refine their brand and offering. About Fivethousand Fingers Fivethousand Fingers is a design studio working globally from Montréal. Led by founding partners with backgrounds in the arts, the studio specializes in branding, typography and illustration, and strives to innovate across disciplines. For more information and to see other projects by Fivethousand Fingers, check out their website at http://fivethousandfingers.com/ Photography by Cindy Boyce
Late at night, currently surfing the Web for a logo for a client project. One of the best parts of my process, exploring and get inspired. It might sound silly but letting my mind free while surfing does make a difference instead of trying to find something. I stumbled across the work of Shaivalini Kumar and I can't help to enjoy her logofolio from this year. It's full of great pieces and I like how she can co-exist a neutral solid colour with shadows. Hope you will enjoy! About Shaivalini Kumar Shaivalini is a designer currently based Los Angeles and she's focusing her work into Art Direction, Graphic Design, Ilustration and Typography. You should definitely check out her work on Instagram. For more information: http://www.supernovadesign.net.
It's time for more visual identity and branding inspiration. For this post today I want to share the work created by Predrag Milankovic for FFFactōry. It's definitely heavily inspired by the classic Swiss style with bold typography, simplicity and organized grid system. I also love some of the accent colors that they used, like the bright green/teal. Check it out and also make sure to visit their website. FFFactōry. is an independent, multidisciplinary design studio founded by Predrag Milankovic that specialises in branding, digital and architectural design. They are very passionate about what they do and offer an unique and truly integrated approach to branding and design. For more information check out https://www.behance.net/FFFactory Our main goal is to assist companies in finding their own identification, which will help them to stand out in the long-run. Our commitment is to understand the needs of each client and our motivation is to present exemplary design services and valuable solutions, from concept to completion of each project. We are driven by the simplicity in design and the core of our brand is uniqueness and originality and we always seek the highest possible aesthetic design down to the last detail. Our studio is located in Banja Luka, BIH with the branch in Dubai, UAE.
Good design is simple but in order to achieve simplicity there is a long journey. We start with a rough idea and we polish it and reduce it until we achieve the end result we believe is the most appropriate for the problem we are trying to solve. Lee Boulden created a truly elegant visual identity for a Toronto based photographers. I love how simple and effective the whole thing is and that's why I am sharing it here with you on ABDZ. Bould is the creative presence of independent award-winning British graphic designer Lee Boulden, with over 20 years of design and branding experience.Offering a complete range of creative services, Bould delivers bespoke design solutions meticulously crafted and strategically targeted to ensure your business stands out and communicates better. For more information about Boulden check out http://www.bouldcreative.com/ "Branding for Steve Frost – a Toronto based independent photographer.The brand needed to be clean and simple, reflecting Steve’s easy-going attitude. The degree mark reflects the chilly nature of Steve’s surname and the iconic image of a camera lens."
As a brand, it's never easy to introduce a new identity to your users. So the thing is people never ever like change. To commit your users to a new logo is committing them to new behaviors, vision and etc. It is quite a challenge and will take time to adapt. Some brands play it safe and some go completely overboard. We would love to share the latest work from Jeff Sheldon over at Ugmonk that introduced us a whole new identity. We've been a fan of Jeff's work for a long time and look ahead for his future (kickass) endeavors. The original Ugmonk logo has held up well over the past 7 years, but as we have evolved from a few T-shirts to a much bigger lifestyle brand, the logo has started to feel out of place. So, over the last year, I’ve been playing and experimenting with an update. Our new logo reflects Ugmonk’s high-quality and minimalist aesthetic, and still reflects the quirkiness and personality that separates us. It’s light, breathable, and simply geometric—just like everything we make. Each product is a peek into my head, and sharing the stories behind them has always been as important as the products themselves. It’s been awesome to connect directly with you and to build the brand slowly through those stories, one person at a time. A Year in the Making About Ugmonk Coming from Downington, USA; Jeff Sheldon is the face behind the brand Ugmonk. What started as a passion and still, now running a brand with hundred of loyal happy customers worldwide. But not as a corporation but instead being accessible and transparent as possible. For more information: http://ugmonk.com.
I feel that beautiful industrial design creates a much stronger emotional connection between the user and the product. Every time I see a simple and well design project I feel a desire to purchase, well that means that the design works. The branding and presentation works the same way. The project I want to share today illustrates that very well, it is the Molekule branding and visual identity designed by the folks at Character, a San Francisco-based branding and design agency with a passion for launching, rejuvenating and propelling brands. Molekule is on a mission to eliminate indoor air pollution for everyone, and in every home. Their story began when a renowned scientist named Dr. Yogi Goswami searched hopelessly for products that would help his son’s debilitating asthma. Faced with air purifiers that made vague claims and had little effect, he turned to his own research in solar technology to find a better way to clean the air. Today, Molekule is the first air purifier that doesn’t capture pollutants—it eliminates them. “Considering the product’s ability to deconstruct our air on a molecular level, we wanted to translate a feeling of clarity.” - Claudia Di Martino / Designer For more information check out http://charactersf.com/
Branding and visual identity projects is a vast effort, it goes from designing logo, identity to basic collaterals to the digital part with web site and mobile. Some projects still require a lot of print design work and as a lover of the lost art of print I have to feature these projects, like the Sofia Luxury Residence designed by HYPE Agency in Sofia, Bulgaria. Sofia Luxury Residence is a high-class residential building in onе of the central neighborhoods of Sofia, Bulgaria. The project goal was to create the entire branding and deliver a responsive website where potential clients can gather information about the building. HYPE Agency is a design studio from Sofia, Bulgaria. They are a creative team passionate about designing & developing digital solutions that simply work. For more information check out http://www.hihype.com/