Rambling Muse is a brand and digital identity created by Socio Design, a studio from London, UK. I have been posting a lot about this area of design because I believe that the maturity of the work, especially in terms of simplicity is something that product designers should try to replicate on their products. This project in particular showcases a simple and yet elegant logo and beautiful business cards. 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. For more information check out http://sociodesign.co.uk/
If there's one thing that really inspires me is brand identity projects. I told this millions of times but every time I see a new branding project, or a visual identity manual that is beautifully done I get excited and need to share here on ABDZ. The project I feature today is for the Studio South, a specialized design consultancy based in Auckland, New Zealand. For more information about them and to check their full portfolio of work check out http://studiosouth.co.nz/ As part of our new name and website launch, we re-developed our brand identity. Our aim was to create a clean brand that reflected the progression of our portfolio and approach. Each aspect of the project was carefully considered, paying extra close attention to the execution of all collateral. The new name was announced to new and existing clients, friends, suppliers and partners at an event in our home environment, Ponsonby. Photos from the night can be found in the Journal.
Designing the visual identity of a business is always very challenging, there are so much to consider and tons of subtleties. I feel that for some industries that task can be even more daunting, one of the I believe it might be designing the branding of a restaurant. Ines Vieira shared a good example on her Behance profile. The project is for the Cruel Restaurant in Portugal. Project description Taking into account the restaurant's concept, the brand starts with an impacting typographic logo with considerable visual weight. The harsh cuts on the typography mirror the menu's concept, while still reflecting its sophisticated clients. The color palette and materials were chosen with the intent of extending the experience; one that must be felt with all four senses. Life can be Cruel. Eat and forget it.
We featured branding and visual identity projects for all sorts of business and industries however I think we have never posted about the fashionable socks business. Thats' the case for the Eleven46 project created by Dawid Cmok. He was nice to share with us on his Behance profile a bit more of the project and we had to feature Eleven46 is a Belgian company specialized in making fashionable socks. The designs are made at their Brussels HQ and made with the finest precision in Italy. They are still pretty young. They are available in stores and online on www.eleven46.co. Eleven46 refers to the smallest and largest size in socks (standard sizes). That's why we found it original to take that name. We tried many other options but this one sounded the best. We knew it was going to be challenging but people are liking the name more and more About the designer Dawid Cmok is a creative from Zabrze, Poland. He earned his MFA in Graphic Design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. He is known mainly for his visual identity projects. Dawid has been working at a creative agency in Katowice. He specializes in typography and logo design. His works have been published in many books and magazines dedicated to graphic designing For more information check out https://www.behance.net/dawidcmok
Cirgráfica is a Brazilian company in the publishing and high quality printing industry. The company's perception was unclear and did not have distinction among its segment, and we needed to divert us from the common visual paths taken for print companies, to convey a new perception for Cirgráfica. Moreover, with digital convergence appreciation of quality print needs highlighting. The overall concept for the project was simplicity, the main objective was that the user experience was much more sensory than visual. With that in mind, we used a simple logotype, timeless, which adapts easily to all kinds of surfaces. Still considering the sensory matter, we have developed some icons inspired by the graphic print markings and the operation of large printing machines. The icons were designed so that we could explore them in various types of graphic finish, and on them, we would use every print finish possible to explore sensoriality among the print samples material. We developed a graphic system to be used at different times so that viewers can feel the different types of graphic finishes. As a practical example, we have the custom cards with a sheet of each finish and material used in it, so the customer that is not familiar with printing finished has a perfect sense of how it will look when printed. CREDITS Creative Direction / Design: Braz de Pina & Rodrigo Francisco Brand Strategist: Luís Feitoza Design Development: Verônica Sauthier & Murilo Pascoal Product Photography: BR/BAUEN Social Strategist: Frank Michael Copywriter: Ana L. Machado Print Production: Cirgráfica For more information check out http://brbauen.com/pt/
Some projects have a more editorial style while others have more influence from different styles. When I saw the work that Carlos Roberto González and Carlos Dordelly did for their studio I saw a bit of the 80s with the vibrant color palette and abstract look. Anyways, I might be completely wrong but this project definitely deserves a feature here on ABDZ. Dyne is a studio specialized in broadcasting, motion graphics and 3D arts for different medias. Create from the alliance of two Venezuelans graphic designers living in Santiago - Chile: Carlos Roberto González and Carlos Dordelly, both with experience in production of internal and external projects, mainly for HBO Latam, Sony Entertainment Television, AXN Latam, Sun Channel and Canal 13. In Dyne we need to measure strength of every visual detail to compose an effective result for our clients based on the perfect unity of creativity and function. For more information check out https://www.behance.net/dyne
One of the cool things about the internet is the sheer amount of sharing within the design community. Behance and Dribbble are great outlets for people to share their work with the community and they are one of the biggest sources of reference for us here on ABZ as well. For this post I'm pleased to share a project by Thomas Wightman, it's a visual identity project titled Racing Driver Branding: Jordan Cane. I love the simplicity and quality of the logotype, especially the symbol. Jordan Cane is a 14 year old race car driver. Competing in F1600 series. As he is young and still growing into his profession it was important to create a timeless brand identity that will evolve with his burgeoning career. Jordan’s progress is determined by success on the track. The checkered flag is one constant symbol of achievement throughout this journey. Preparation. Training. Effort. Dedication. Progress. The checkered flag defines Jordan’s racing spirit in his quest to be number 1.An iconic and minimal application allows the identity to grow as Jordan’s career progresses, whilst avoiding trends to remain timeless. The logo also remains abstract enough to not be exclusively ‘motor racing’. Project completed whilst at Twelfthman, London For more information about Thomas check out his website at http://www.thomaswightman.co.uk/
This year we're aiming to feature more work in the realm of branding and visual design. Perhaps you've noticed that we have been sharing more visual identity systems, editorial design and branding work in general. Today, we're thrilled to share the work that Siyan Ren shared on his Behance profile showcasing the redesign of agency Rocket Wagon Lab's website. The founder of the RWL, Mr Skylar Roebuck reached us at the mid July 2015 for a design service of his starting-up design agency. The agency, named Rocket Wagon Lab, which offers at every level of a product’s lifecycle from prototyping and finding product market fit to building a robust API for a global deployment that can handle 100K - 1M users every month. RWL can also create interactive and engaging experiences for brands and businesses. YAMA Design Lab will join this project as a third party design agency, which will provide design services as Branding Design, and follow-up web design. Siyan Ren is a designer based in San Francisco, California. For more information check out http://yamadesignlab.com/
Branding systems have always been inspiring to me. I don't have the chance to work on this kind of project anymore but I have a profound admiration for not only the projects but the designers behind them. Kuberg is a good example, with a smart and strong symbol. KUBERG is a Czech based producer of electric motorcycles. All of their products are built and engineered from scratch by using up to date technologies. Their range of models are fit to both young riders and adults. - "We - Marka Collective had the opportunity and pleasure to work with Kuberg's team and develop their brand identity." For more information check out the Behance profile
There are many ways to explore ideas for a visual identity project. The traditional way is to find keywords or concepts and sketch ideas to explore those points. The exploration process for me entails a pencil and paper but some people go the unconventional route and that doesn't mean they are wrong. Chiun Hau You shows us how to use programming skills to generate a pattern that he used as base of his branding project. Chiun is a design student and self-taught programmer. He's been experimenting with his coding skills to assist on his visual identity design workflow. Here's the link of his program on Codepen, it's open source! http://codepen.io/chiunhauyou/full/qbeyqe/
Every four years we have the summer olympics to look forward to, one of the most important sporting events in the entire world. For each one of these events there's the mega investment not only on infra-structure but also marketing and branding. We have seen great work done in terms of branding, some very polemical, like the London 2012, however it's always awesome to see what designers come up with for the candidate cities. For this post I want to share the branding project for the competing candidate city of Budapest. One of the most striking things about this work is the simplicity and, dare I say, elegance. The project was created by Attila Ács, Lili Köves, Kiss József Gergely and Eszter Misztarka. BP2024 Budapest is proudly competing as candidate city to host the 2024 Olympic Games. In our proposal for the candidacy's identity we merged the capitals century old heritage and its future aspirations of change and growth. For more information check out the Behance project.
Grismont is a young brand of exceptional golf clubs, that combine the craftsmanship of designers and 3D printing technology, without compromising on technical excellence. Far from the standardized manufacturing process, Grismont launches a new generation of golf clubs, fully customizable, at the crossroads between luxury items and sports equipment. Brand Brothers has designed the Grismont visual identity and branding with the brand's team based in Paris, working for several months on the project. We designed a logo consisting of a custom typographic drawing and minimalist monogram combining the letter G and a golf tee. The branding unfolds on print, digital and object, with a particular care for the subjects. The black and white world is embellished with copper textures that adorn the print and packaging clubs. The entire product discovery trail has been fine-tuned to produce a powerful graphical territory, refined and consistent, from the business card in leather sheath, through the boxes and brochures. The brand was launched in November 2015 in Paris. About Brand Brothers Brand Brothers is a brand design agency based in Paris and Toulouse. They value method, curiosity and passion to help ambitious entrepreneurs make themselves understood with simplicity, intelligence and singularity. For more information check out https://www.brandbrothers.fr/en/
Love Fest Fibers is a new small company based in San Francisco, that creates yarns from 100% alpaca and merino wool, utilizing materials such as recycled plastic bottle fiber and fashion industry remnants. From Nepal to New Zealand, Love Fest Fibers learns from communities with vibrant textile traditions, partnering with artisans and pastoralists to bring you fiber with a story and the ability to support livelihoods. By purchasing Love Fest Fibers yarns, not only will you be making something incredible with your hands but also directly benefiting communities of fellow makers. Identity & Collaterals for Love Fest Fibers. This project was designed and shared on Behance by Menta, a branding & packaging studio, founded in 2008 by Laura Méndez, based in Guadalajara, Mexico. For more information check out http://www.estudiomenta.mx/
There are types of project that inspire you more than others. Not because of style or because it's trendy but just because it's an specifc type, like icon design, branding, UI. For me editorial design and branding have a special place in my heart. Maybe the reason might be due to the fact I don't do that that much anymore, I don't know, but the only thing I know is that I love to spend a lot of time just checking these types of works, one of the I want to share with you today. The project I am featuring here today is titled Romlab and one of the designers behind it is Camille Dorival. She is based in Oslo, Norway and she shared it on her Behance profile. It's hard to explain the reasons I like some projects, most of the time is because of its simplicity and clever solution. Project made at Bleed. Creative director: Svein Haakon Lia. Development: Kristoffer Lundberg and Mathias Stav (Feed) Project Manager: Benedicte Bolling. Art direction, identity and website for architect and interior designer Romlab. For more information check out https://www.behance.net/camilledorival
For today's post I want to share a nice visual identity project title driexdrie. There's a lot to love about it, the simplicity, style and of course the beautiful printed collaterals. The project reminds me a bit of the Material Design branding project that Google created 2 years ago. This project was was created by George&Harrison Design Studio based in Eindhoven, Netherlands. They are a young graphic design studio, specialized in identity and communication for print and web. For more information check out http://www.georgeandharrison.nl/
Creating a branding system is always a intricate process, it requires a lot of thinking especially on how to make things look as they are part of a family, sometimes some varitions look better than the other but the overall look and feel should remain familiar. The work that Andrea Alati and Simone Mariano is a great example. The project is titled HITALK - Dynamic Brand Identity and it's awesome to see how they play with the isometric grid and the different variations of style and colors. Hitalk is an innovative series of events created to share thoughts and experiences. For more information about Alati and Simone, check out http://www.fulminelab.com/ and http://marianosimone.prosite.com/
Nothing like the start of the week with a super creative branding project. The designer behind this one is Maurizio Pagnozzi, an italian designer based in London. The project is for a juice bar in Bologna, Italy and the cool thing about the end result is how clever his solution was for the logo. The name of the juice bar is Pistinega, which means carrot in the Bolognese dialect. He simply played with negative space to create the letter E from the shadows in a carrot. For more information about Maurizio check out his web site at http://www.mauriziopagnozzi.com/