There is also a great interview with Mr. Olins on Design Boom.
Barcelona-based graphic design studio Atipus have a new portfolio online packed with excellent work of a variety of media and fields, ranging from brand identity to packaging or web services.
Scottish creative brand agency Contagious specialise in brand communication, environments and experiential design.
Howies are now the proud owners of the bespoke brand typeface, Castan (Chestnut in Welsh) thanks to the team at Carter Wong Design. The two have been collaborating for years and this latest project further shows a real understanding and appreciation between the two companies.
Here’s a little more info from Howies:
The geeky amongst you may have noticed our new custom typeface, designed by Phil Carter and the other good people at Carter Wong Design. We challenged them to design a bespoke headline font for us. One with a unique hand, which would help us tell our story. A typeface that would give us a point of difference and a level of ownership greater than Helvetica could ever offer.
Aware that nothing good ever comes easy, Phil and his team invested over 162 work hours in designing and refining a typeface for us, cleverly made from the wood of a wind-fallen local chestnut tree and christened ‘Castan’ (Welsh for Chestnut).
Complete with woodgrain and cracks, they have given us is a distinctive hand-chiselled typeface, which captures beautifully our slightly wonky character and soul. And by using nature itself to lovingly craft the letterforms, Phil has allowed our unpolished personality to show through in the grain.
It’s an enduring classic that will stand the test of time. Just like that old chestnut tree.
Friend of FFF Mike Rigby has been in touch to let us know about a recent piece of work Interbrand Australia completed for Darling Harbour. I asked Mike to explain a bit more about the project:
“Darling Harbour really is an extraordinary, larger than life place. So my partner in crime, Chris Maclean and I were determined to try and create something unique. We needed an idea simple enough to unite the precinct, big enough to compliment the architecture, and different enough to stand out in people’s minds.
We rejected a lot of concepts before finally settling on the idea of an inflatable brand. We then spent 2 weeks of hard-core research and development with our talented senior designer Mike Tosetto in order to get the typography working properly. What followed then was 14 months of designing, presenting, convincing, and planning.
It was a huge team effort involving so many people at Interbrand Australia and we’re all delighted with the result. Full credit must go to our client – the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority for believing in our ideas and for executing so spectacularly. I think it’s safe to say that not many government departments would consider commissioning 20ft inflatable letters!” Nice to see daring work like this getting produced – credit to the team for seeing it through. You can see more from Interbrand Australia on their blog, Standapart, and follow Mike on twitter.
London-based multi-disciplinary graphic design studio Socio Design’s new portfolio is packed with excellent work.
A much anticipated and fully responsive new website for Mark Bloom, also known as Mash Creative. With 4 new projects including this inspired collaboration with Hype Type Studio for uBear® as well as a comprehensive archive section, it was worth the wait.
Web development: Stewart Ritchie @ Powered by Coffee
Swedish art director & graphic designer Albin Holmqvist just launched his excellent new portfolio.
Manchester design maestros Mark Studio have launched their brand new* site.
(*two days ago – shhhh)
The Norwegian design consultancy Heydays just updated their portfolio with 13 new projects and an amazing redesign.
Five years on, Heydays is one of most award winning graphic design studios in Norway.
London agency & SMITH have relaunched their site with a whole host of new branding projects.
Big update by Berger & Föhr, a graphic design studio based in Boulder, Colorado.