Yuta Takahashi did the visual design for our local festival, a traditional event held every fall in Shikoku, Japan. In this traditional local festival, we carry something called a Taikodai, which is a 2 ton portable shrine decorated in gold. We carry this through town, thanking nature and the gods for the year’s abundant harvest. Skilled craftsmen decorate the Taikodai with delicate yet bold embroidery, done in the shape of a golden Ark of the Covenant.
Various myths passed down through the ages are depicted through the elaborate embroidery, and the skill of the craftsmen is truly breathtaking. Yuta Takahashi selected one scene from a myth, and used Japanese methods like gold leaf covering and calligraphy, as well as modern design, to pay homage to these skilled craftsmen.
This project is for Hyundai department store, one of the most widely known and established department stores in Korea. Studio fnt took charge of the entire brand identity on the basis of already developed logo and color palette designed by Base Design NY. In order to represent the core concept of this branding project, duality, Studio fnt designed a graphic motif of Dual H. Korean logotype was also developed, including basic operation of refined / segmented color system. Application of this graphic covers all the possible contacts customers are faced with at the department store; from signage, shopping bags, guideline for DM or other printed editorial design, guideline for gift packaging, drinks packaging, ribbon design, price and origin tags, to parking tickets.
The graphic motif of Dual H, where the two ‘H’s are organically weaved together, is visualized through a variety of media and on different levels. The weaved form of two letters can be interpreted in many ways, such as a link between department store and its customers, or between tradition and modernity. All in all, it is interesting to have it be interpreted as a positive symbol, like a ribbon in gift wrapping.
The department store itself is a strong brand, and a place to contain a number of different products and other brands. It was Studio fnt‘s main goal to develop a visual language that functions in two ways: identifier that implies The Hyundai’s orientation, and a container that effectively communicates and delivers information. Taking also into account the real-time operating characteristics of various design projects at the department store, Studio fnt tried to develop such system that would enable easy and flexible, yet consistent use across the brand.
Vinoteca is a collection of London restaurants inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy that often also act as shops for local wine. The brainchild of partners and friends Brett Woonton and Charlie Young, DN&CO‘s job was to refresh this friendly face of fine wine and formalise a familiar brand of informal dining.
Wine and food, friends and conversation – DN&CO have distilled their more organic approach to graphics into a clean structure based on the industry-specific notion of pairings. With an emphasis on balance and clarity, it embodies their welcoming and easily digestible take on the complicated world of wine.
Results cover menus on unpretentious sugar paper stocks and newspaper-format wine lists for reading at home, to large-scale signage and wine shop website – all fortified by new brand identity with typographic roots in the traditional wrought ironwork of Mediterranean vineyards.