The Designer Says: Quotes, Quips and Words of Wisdom

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The Designer Says, complied and edited by Sara Bader of Quotenik, is a fantastic little book; an inspirational reference for when you are suffering from creative block.

A compendium of more than one hundred quotations and pearls of wisdom beautifully typeset from history’s leading designers, including favourites Saul Bass, Debbie Millman, Milton Glaser, Paula Scher, and Paul Rand to name a few.

Cleverly, the quotes are paired up thematically, providing two opinions on a similar subject. This portable collection would make a great gift – find out more here.

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Solis Branding by Richard Baird

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This beautiful identity for Solis was recently designed by designer Richard Baird.

Solis is the fashion label of Tel Aviv-based Lisa Grishakova, a women’s clothing designer who balances texture, colour and pattern to create her collections. The label’s new identity draws together and subtly conveys the high quality detailing of Lisa’s garments, the warmth and radiance of the brand name and familiar fashion sensibilities, through the combination of a weighty material choice, surface treatments, foil print finish and light, consistent, single line weight letters and illustration.

Rather than attempting to distil the rich and colourful patterns of Lisa’s print work into the identity, the solution cuts through these with a dark tag which frames, with plenty of space, the delicate foil and stitch-like finish of a logo-type built from fine elements – a reference to pattern cutting guides which shares a similarity with astrological maps – bound by a radial composition and tall, light, sans-serif characters.

An uncoated, 540gsm ebony Colorplan substrate with a sandgrain emboss – an element that will change between each piece of printed communication – introduces a subtle, tactile sense of craft and reflects the mixed texture of the garments while a gold deboss adds a more conventional but clear sense of luxury that catches the light as the card is tilted making the disk appear to rotate.

A neutral, generously spaced secondary logo-type – for smaller applications – and typographical detail on the reverse draw from established fashion conventions and deliver a more restrained contrast to the front but with small ‘stitched’ line elements to tie them together.

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Solis Branding

Carté

Carté, a lovely branding by Firmalt.

Carté, a lovely branding by Firmalt.

Carté is a social stationary boutique that offers custom-made printed material for all kinds of social events.

Carté started as a small business that has grown larger throughout the years. They wanted to rebrand themselves with an identity that reflects the high quality of their work as well as their focus in excellent customer service.

?The identity is inspired by the hand-made production methods that Carté uses to create their printed pieces, and their hands-on approach of fulfilling the customer’s wishes. The colors were selected because of the way they balance and compliment each other, appealing to the large feminine market without neglecting the male customer market. ???

Carté, a lovely branding by Firmalt.

A lovely branding by Firmalt.

A lovely branding by Firmalt.

A lovely branding by Firmalt.

Trig Jewelery from Olivia King

Trig Jewelery from Olivia King

Trig jewelery and branding from talented Olivia King.

I recently started working on a project that’s a been a combination of two of my great loves – geometric patterns and accessory design. I was always pretty terrible at maths in school, but the name Trigonometry seemed ironically appropriate in light of my passion for triangles. Using a selection of native Australian materials, and hand painted wood, the first prototype designs were endless and I quickly realized the potential for project where the designs weren’t mine, but those of the customers themselves. Using the Trig app, each piece is unique the tastes and style of those making them, with colour, shape and material options available in multiple variations. The final products are finished with natural oils and packaged in bright boxes with personalized thank you cards, ready for wear within days of their creation.

Trig Jewelery from Olivia King

Trig Jewelery from Olivia King

Trig Jewelery from Olivia King

Trig Jewelery from Olivia King

Trig Jewelery from Olivia King

Trig Jewelery from Olivia King

The Wigwam Cabins Branding

The Wigwam Cabins Branding

The Wigwam Cabins Branding by talented Oat.

The revival of historic 1930’s cabins on the Mohawk trail celebrates the progressive optimism of American modernism and evokes the romantic heyday of roadside hospitality. The heritage of this byway is honored through the use of color and pattern inspired by Native American trading blankets.

The Wigwam Cabins Branding

The Wigwam Cabins Branding

The Wigwam Cabins Branding

Santa Cruz

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Great work designed by Anagrama.

Santa Cruz is a quick service Mexican BBQ restaurant located in Santa Catarina, a municipality of the greater Monterrey area in northeast Mexico. Santa Cruz’s menu contains food such as brisket and baby-back ribs slow-cooked to tender perfection and offered in an array of different ready-to-go, conventional styles such as burgers and tacos. While working on this project we had the incredible opportunity to work alongside our friend and architect Eiji Hayakawa, who was in charge of the building’s extraordinary construction and design.

The hand-made quality of the logotype and overall identity is meant to praise the careful, traditional and apprehensive food making process of Santa Cruz.

The brand is simple and direct, and above all, always honest and sincere, never attempting to hide its conceptual rugged awkwardness. Destined to be franchised in the future, Santa Cruz’s honest and handcrafted demeanor will inevitably be distinctive amid all other, more synthetic fast food chain restaurants.

The project was done in collaboration with architect Eiji Hayakawa. While we developed the brand values and visual identity, Eiji worked on the restaurant’s unique and unusual architecture. The massive, scarlet barn-like structure is distinctively prominent amid the industrially gray and blue mountainous backdrop of its physical setting.

(via The Dieline)

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Waddesdon Wine Identity

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Beautiful work for Waddesdon Wine from Paul Belford.

Waddesdon Manor is the historical country seat of the Rothschild family in the UK and home to Waddesdon Wine, the official distributor for the Rothschild collection of wines. The identity is designed to balance the rich tradition associated with Rothschild wines with a more modern approach to the wine business.

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Boabel Branding

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Great branding for Belinda Nowell by Maud.

Belinda Now­ell is a screen play writer who, hav­ing just foun­ded her own busi­ness, came to us for an iden­tity. Being that storytelling is an integ­ral part of her busi­ness, we developed this eleg­ant mark that com­bines a styl­ised book with a cap­ital “B”. The applic­a­tion of this mark then plays with ori­ent­a­tion, sug­gest­ing this duel meaning. The busi­ness card takes this idea a step fur­ther, sand­wich­ing a piece of white stock between two grey stocks to evoke the idea of a book.

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