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Atelier D’Alves, founded in 2009 by Sergio Alves, is a graphic design studio based out Portugal’s second largest city, Porto. The philosophy of the studio is one of constant learning and change. Each new design product opens up fresh possibilities to be explored, with open dialogue between studio and client to develop a graphic solution which is the ideal solution. The work of the studio responds to the needs of emerging visual communication in all areas, especially in the field of culture — theatre, architecture, dance and literature.

Notable Project

Drama is a magazine for cinema and theatre published by the Portuguese Association of Screenwriters and Playwrights. Commissioned to design the third issue, Atelier D’Alves focused on the content of the interviews with each of the featured dramaturges.

Atelier D’Alves
January 23 2014

Metaklinika is a graphic design studio from Belgrade, Serbia. Founded at the very beginning of the global economic crisis, Metaklinika specialized in working under unusual production circumstances. The studio cultivates a recognizable visual language and approach which exceeds the established communication characteristic of marketing agencies.
The founders of the studio are Nenad Trifunovic and Lazar Bodroža. Today, Metaklinika has seven permanently dedicated creative people within their ranks, as well as a wide network of collaborators throughout the region.

Notable Project

The book “Till the end” is the ultimate collection of works presented at the Spring Summit of Cheap Laser Graphics in 2011 at Center for Cultural Decontamination. The book is a logical continuation of the book By Force, the testimony of one sustainable designers event.

Photos by Nemanja Knezevic

October 7 2013

Designit is a global strategic design firm with 290+ professionals working out of 14 offices in 11 countries. Helping ambitious companies make innovation happen, their aim is to create strong and sustainable business values through strategy and design. Special thanks to Kfir Unger for sharing Designit’s Tel Aviv studio.

Notable Project

Royal Unibrew, a major Scandinavian brewery group, wanted to break out of the generic standard that was in place in the Danish market thanks to heavy restrictions on what recyclable bottles could look like. Seeing as the restrictions were recently loosened, Royal Unibrew commissioned Designit to craft a new bottle design to stand as their unique selling proposition.

August 15 2013

Singapore based Foreign Policy Design are a team of idea makers & story tellers who help craft, realize and evolve brands with creative and strategic deployment of ideas narrated by various appropriate media. Independently owned and creatively motivated, the group have been privileged to have worked with some of the most incredible people in and out of town.

Notable Project

Having moved into their new studio in 2012, Foreign Policy Design crafted an announcement of the move in the simple utilization of one of the basic material used in the renovation of the new studio – the gypsum board. The announcement was packaged and mailed out to clients and associates in a bubble-wrap. The solution is clever, personal and relevant to the new move. Truly work I wish I would have thought of.

Project photography by Jovian Lim

Foreign Policy Design
July 29 2013

Face is a Monterrey, Mexico based super-modernist design studio established in 2006. Specializing in developing honest branding projects across the world, Face’s work is intended to brave the test of time. Their craft is the result of constant effort, talent and commitment to quality of the highest international caliber. Aside from design, Face curates the popular blog artvvork. which is an 80% black and white visual representation for design, architecture, typography, music and fashion.

Notable Project

Ciento Once is the best design center & showroom in north Mexico, based in San Pedro. Their aim is not only to show and promote the best of the best in design, but also to embrace premium brands inside its doors. Names like Knoll, Fritz Hansen, Hunter Douglas, Flos, Magis and more, needed to be captured inside a beautiful place like Ciento Once. Face created an indentity both timeless, modern and elegant enough to fit all of the brands. Based in neo-grotesque typography, one line and a silver, black and white color palette, this identity talks for itself: simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

July 9 2013

ENZED is a small design consultancy based in Lausanne, Switzerland and founded in 2001 by Nicolas Zentner. They specialize in print work, corporate identity, cultural and editorial design. ENZED is driven by passion a for typography, and clean & minimal swiss design with a little twist, that brings together smart visual solutions for clear and beautiful communication pieces. ENZED is operated by Mélanie and Nicolas Zentner.

Notable Project

L.A is the magazine of LES AMBASSADEURS, a watch and jewellery retailer in Switzerland. Published twice yearly by LES AMBASSADEURS, L.A magazine is entirely devoted to the world of luxury. It features articles by some of the best Swiss and international trade press journalists in order to evoke the world of watchmaking and jewelry. Enzed sees each yearly issue from conception to completion.

July 2 2013

Paperjam Design is a small highly creative team founded in Belfast by designer Paul Malone in 2003. Since then Paperjam have been working in the Cathedral Quarter for nearly ten years, delivering strong creative execution across all types of Branding, Graphic Design, Packaging, Copywriting, Advertising and Website Design. The team is very proud to be part of Belfast’s thriving creative community in the Cathedral Quarter. Since 2003 Paperjam have built up a great reputation as a quality-branding boutique with an excellent portfolio and a dynamic range of clients. If you are ever in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter some day you may spot one of the staff members walking Gus, their Great Dane.

Notable Project

Paperjam, recently establishing a relationship with The Church of England Diocese of London, had the opportunity to create a new brand for The Bishop of London. Paperjam began by devising a new identity from scratch, conferring with both the College of Arms and the Bluemantle Pursuivant of Arms as a starting point. Advice in-hand, Paperjam worked with Portuguese illustrator Marcelo Oliveira to create a new coat of arms featuring the motto Amor Vincit Omnia (Love Conquers All) at the request of the current Bishop of London, Richard John Carew Chartres.

June 24 2013

Tipos Libres is a design studio founded in 2000 by Eduardo Espinoza and based in Querétaro, México. The studio´s portfolio includes diverse projects such as magazines, visual identities, books and websites. Tipos Libres works with organizations, universities and business regardless of their size, achieving unique and functional designs while contributing to their customer’s success. In addition to its design work, Tipos Libres organizes a full design conference and workshop program: “Dejando Huella”. This event gathers prestigious speakers from all around the world and over 1500 attendees from all across the country, where designers and media people can acquire inspiration, resources and killer design ideas under a creative environment.

Notable Project

Kreston International Limited is a global network of independent accounting firms who commissioned Tipos Libres to develop a new identity. Building their idea around the union of two or more entities at a single point, Tipos Libres developed the new logo to represent the diversity of talent supporting the summation of creativity.

Tipos Libres
June 13 2013

Build is a design studio producing modern, graphic solutions for lifestyle clients, both independent and corporate. In late 2012 the studio was ranked number 23 in Design Week’s ‘Top 50 creative agencies in the UK’. Build relishes working with forward-thinking clients who are open to a creative dialogue, while keeping their aim simple: to make a difference to how their business is presented and experienced, through the use of strong and engaging visual language. Founded in 2001 by Michael C. Place, Build is now Nicky Place (Business Director & Project Manager), Joe Luxton (Designer), and Sophie James (Studio Assistant).

Notable Project

To celebrate the 11th year of Build, the team took the initiative to organize an anniversary exhibition ‘Build: Blood, Sweat & 11 Years’. Located in The Dray Walk Gallery the show was part of the 2012 London Design Festival. Collaborating with architects Studio Octopi & hi-end carpenters Aldworth, James & Bond, Build produced a bespoke/one-off table with custom perspex frames to display the work and window-vinyl graphics. To coincide with the their anniversary exhibition, Build crafted a beautiful hand-numbered, 116 page french-folded catalogue with a cast-coated cover and a fold-out poster wrap slip-cover, along with complimentary colour-edged duplexed invites.

Build was generous enough to share an excerpt from the 11 Years catalogue:

I can remember the first time I thought about setting up on my own; it was a weekday, on my daily commute from Leeds to my job at The Designers Republic in Sheffield. I loved my job but was getting frustrated; I wanted to be in control of my own destiny.
Nicky and I had been talking about leaving our jobs for a while, to go travelling. We’d already started making plans but hadn’t thought about what we would do when we got back, or where we would come back to. Eventually I plucked up the courage to tell Ian (Anderson) I was going to leave, and I wasn’t coming back – I was going to set up on my own when I returned. When we landed in Mumbai (India) at the start of our trip around the globe in October 2000, I left the design world completely behind, for a while at least.

10 months later, we land back in London stopping with friends, sleeping on couches, and eventually staying for a few months in Camden, house sitting for a friend-of-a-friend. September 10th 2001 was an important day for us both- Nicky started a new job with Sony PlayStation, and from a table in the front room of our Camden flat, I started Build. We both remember the day really clearly, but the truth is that the date it is more likely ingrained in our minds because of the terrible events of the following day.

I made the decision that I wouldn’t show any of my old work to get new work, although luckily the mention of being ex-Designers Republic did open a few doors; people were interested in what I would do next. Nicky’s return to the Sony London studio meant I didn’t have the usual concerns of working for myself, of producing commercial work or paying the bills. It was a luxury that meant I was able to experiment and find my creative feet again, and for that I am eternally grateful to Nicky. Without that I don’t think Build would really have got off the ground.

At the end of the year we moved into a flat in Fulham with our good friend Mark. Build then had a slightly bigger desk, but it still in the front room with the TV in the other corner. It was difficult to watch a film in the evening; my Mac was ever-present and the lure of working a few more hours too great. But work was picking up, and although the studio still didn’t have a website, the reputation was slowly growing.

A move south of the river to Clapham in 2003 brought Build its first dedicated space, a small box-room with a view over Clapham Common. I finally had space to sit in a different room and relax without the constant draw of work; I could switch off, I had thinking time, and I could ‘travel’ to work, albeit a few steps across the hall. Sometimes I walked out in the morning, and around the block to arrive ‘at the studio’. I still couldn’t have clients ’round to the studio’ (I used to meet people in coffee shops, insisting ‘it’s nice to get out’), but that little room made a huge difference.

By 2005 we had saved up enough money to buy a flat- and so we moved north of the river to Walthamstow, in East London. We moved there because not only was it was cheap enough buy our own flat, but also cheap enough to get a decent sized spare room too, for Build to work from.

The view wasn’t quite Clapham Common, but it was definitely a bigger, better space.

Work had really started to pick up, enough that Nicky could leave her job at Sony and join Build full-time in 2006. Nicky’s office was on the dining room table in the ‘open plan’ kitchen (which was in the middle of the flat and also part of the hall – if you went from one end of the flat to the other you walked through the kitchen) – you couldn’t shut the door and forget it at the end of the day. It wasn’t long before we started to dream of a ‘proper’ studio space for Build.

When we walked to the tube station from our flat we would walk past Hatherley Mews- it was a bit ramshackle, a row of old warehouses and long ago, stables, and also home to an interesting newer building- we always thought how great it would be to one day, work somewhere there in the mews. We found out that it was a series of small studios for creative businesses, and although we didn’t really think we could afford a studio, curiosity got the better of us and we decided to look anyway.

We were shown a few spaces not much bigger than our spare room at home – although they were definitely affordable it seemed rather pointless moving to such a small space – if we could fit into these then we could fit into the studio at the flat, which we couldn’t.

Then, we were shown Unit 112, which was much bigger- a bit too big, just for two. It had exposed beams, a double height ceiling with skylights, enough space to invite clients over – it was amazing and we said yes. In January 2007, it became home to Build for the next 5 years. It was a ten-minute walk from the flat and big enough for 3 desks, a meeting desk, library and a small kitchen. We loved that studio, and things really started to happen. I learned that it’s good to have other people in the studio: we started to get students and recent graduates in for placements. Quite a lot happened in that 5 years, and we finally got a full-time designer in the shape of Brighton graduate Joe Luxton (after doing a 6-month internship).

Meanwhile, the ‘interesting newer building’ at the end of the mews had already been up for rent once – we looked but decided it was a financial step too far. We watched a church move in and then – suddenly in December 2011 – out. We grabbed the chance to see it. We’ll take it, we said. In January 2012, almost 5 years to the day that we moved into our first studio in Unit 112, we moved across the hallway into Unit 15.

We’d already hired a full-time studio assistant, Sophie James, to start in the new year. Sophie’s first job in January was to help us pack and move. It was an odd start to the year – because we weren’t going far we found ourselves strangely and unusually disorganized – we didn’t have to have anything packed and ready for a removal van, we just drifted across with boxes every now and then.

We’ve thought many times about moving to Shoreditch, Clerkenwell, Bethnal Green or Soho, but we both still really like the fact the studio isn’t in any of the expected places. We like the fact we can still walk to work too, and everyone tells us how lucky we are not to have to face the tube or the train in the morning. E17 may not have a Pret, or a Pizza Express (yet) but it does have an odd kind of spirit. Walthamstow, the birthplace of William Morris, feels a fitting place for the studio.

So, we’ve grown from a little round table in a front room in Camden, to a beautiful modern studio space in Walthamstow. Every move seemed a natural progression, each with a little more space, and now with a proper team behind us. We will never be a studio of 20 people – that would never feel right – we probably won’t even get to 10.

As the title of our show ‘Blood, Sweat & 11 Years’ hints at, it’s been incredibly hard work, there’s been a lot of sweat and many tears. Build has been 11 years in the making but we are incredibly proud to have taken the leap of faith we both did, we are proud of the studio, the people we work with, of the work we produce, and very importantly of the way we do it too. We hope it shows.

We’d like to thank everyone who has worked with us in the studio over the years, and also for the amazing help we’ve had from family, friends, collaborators, clients, and supporters. Not forgetting Jaap and Yaser for helping us move all our furniture in January.

Michael C. Place (Walthamstow, 2012)

11 Years catalogue: Purchase
Build’s new online outlet: (by)Build Shop

Photography by Gyorgy Korossy © 2013.

June 3 2013

Annodyne is a full service agency based out of Philadelphia which creates unparalleled brand identities, marketing strategies and communications, all supported by leading-edge technologies. Annodyne prides themselves with finding their clients best customers and reaching them with meaningful messages at the right times. By shifting the marketplace and changing the conversation, Annodyne guides customers away from competitors and, instead, turns their attention and devotion to their clients.

Notable Project

Special thanks to Annodyne’s design director, Michael McDonald, for supplying a write up on their campaign for Ann Arbor Area.

We started by creating a new brand identity for the region. With a new logo and tagline, “Doing Life Different,” we positioned Ann Arbor as a city rich in arts, culture, dining, sports and more — all driven by the warm, unique and inspiring people who call it home. The look and feel that extended from that materialized publically in the form of print ads, emails, a new website and banner ads (to name a few).

To identify more qualified leads and, ultimately, draw more visitors to Ann Arbor, we created and rolled out a series of campaigns. Each one boosted traffic during a specific time of year, and raised awareness of a particular aspect of the city. As Agency of Record, we supported the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) in their efforts to increase revenue for area hoteliers, restaurants, arts venues and more.

Be sure to check out the full case study for Ann Arbor on their site.

May 28 2013