Rafael Kfouri is a graphic designer based in Brazil. There’s great variety in his beautifully presented portfolio and he’s clearly enjoyed working with some brilliant clients.
Ben from London-based branding agency MultiAdaptor has been in touch about their latest project rebranding NCVO (formerly the National Council for Voluntary Organisations) – the umbrella body for the UK’s voluntary sector.
“Our research surfaced a key insight, which highlighted that NCVO tended to be perceived as passive rather than active within the sector. Our idea was to transform them into a proactive voice within both the voluntary industry and the public eye.
We activated the ‘V’ to become an ‘amplifier’, creating a more dynamic strapline treatment in the process. An overarching visual style using the the angle of the V helped to then tie communications together with a distinct look, while still being flexible.”
View the full case study here. Sterling work.
Sabbath is a Multi-Disciplinary Brand Consultancy based in Monterrey, Mexico. Formed by a partnership between Daniela Guerrero, Jorge Zamonsett and Daniel Martínez, they specialise in clean and functional identity systems.
Microsoft Lumia are launching a daily national ‘good news paper’ called The Five to Nine that features a mix of curated and public content as chosen by some of the industry’s biggest names:
Monday 22 June: ‘Culture’, curated by Protein Journal
Tuesday 23 June: ‘Music’, curated by Boiler Room
Wednesday 24 June: ‘Fashion’, curated by Schon! Magazine
Thursday 25 June: ‘Design’, curated by Grafik
Friday 26 June: ‘Sport’, curated by The Green Soccer Journal
While most newspapers lead with stories on crime, disasters and scandal, The Five to Nine newspaper will focus on positive, uplifting content. With five daily issues to be published and distributed this week aims encourage people to get out of the office and do what’s creatively and personally important to them.
Make sure you pick up a copy if you see them!
Glasgow-based Axis Animation is one of Scotland’s leading CGI animation studios, working with bluechip video game publishers such as Electronic Arts, Sony Entertainment and Bethesda.
The artistic direction of Axis’s work is what really stands out, their trailer for Dead Island 2 was a real stand out for us last year with its high-energy, comedic tone.
If you’re interested in hearing more about Axis, Founder Richard Scott will be giving a Gab talk, Wednesday 24 June, 8:15am at Citizen M, Glasgow.
FFF’s favourite Glaswegian photographer Gordon Burniston launched an updated portfolio site with an abundance of excellent new work.
The telecom market is a sea of constant change, with takeovers and new providers popping up every year promising new great things, whilst inevitably concentrating too much on their offering, without making what matters solid and reliable.
Innovating how telco’s work for consumers seems to have proved challenging for many of the big corporates but many smaller start-up’s have been giving it a good crack – a fine example being Spanish born, Tuenti.
Branding a telco network is a brief many dream of taking on, but so many fail with. Creating a design system that feels unique, yet can carry the brand for years to come is a mammoth task for a studio of any size. Yet branding consultancy Saffron have managed to take on the forward thinking business system of Tuenti and translate that into a fresh identity and aesthetic to match.
Start-ups are forever changing and evolving and this feels like a really solid piece of work for the company to grow alongside with – a top example of great branding work.
More images after the jump.
Blair at Believe in® has been in touch to let us know about their latest campaign for boutique type foundry Fontsmith. FS Silas has been created in both Sans Serif and Slab Serif forms, and each version is available in 5 weights with accompanying italics.
Fontsmith’s design director Phil Garnham:
“We stuck with the angular theme of the sans by drawing angled slab serifs, as opposed to the square serifs that slab fonts usually have. That created an inner dynamism in words and sentences on the page, and a very distinctive, crafted character, like a Victorian soul in a contemporary body.”
The central campaign idea was inspired by classic espionage, providing plenty of inspiration and intrigue for the materials to work with. Believe in’s creative director Blair Thomson was drawn to classic type specimens from the 50s and 60s, but wanted to inject depth and intrigue, to match the typeface’s personality.
At the heart of the campaign sits a beautiful printed type specimen. Using different paper stocks and page sizes printed only in black ink with white foil on the covers, it references dossiers and secret files as well as the classic type specimens. Content was drawn from numerous sources, providing a glimpse into a clandestine world, using codes, ciphers, intercepted radio transmissions, stories and secret service terminology.
“To succeed, the type specimen needed to strike a delicate balance, as we wanted it to feel honest without revealing its secrets. The document is utilitarian, with content that demonstrates the typeface’s capabilities. But we also wanted to entertain and reward readers for their time. And we didn’t want it to feel like a parody.”
To accompany the specimen, Believe in worked with creative collective The Space Between, who made a series of short and intriguing films using only the typeface itself, each one revealed in sequence on social media in advance of the launch date.
As a special introductory offer, customers who buy either of the FS Silas families (Sans or Slab) will be offered the chance to purchase its sibling for half price.
Barcelona agency Folch were last featured on FFF back in 2010. Now ten years since opening the agency has developed a beautiful, diverse portfolio built on their solid editorial credentials.
Ever wondered what sort of music your favourite studios listen to while working? Yes? Us too! So we thought we’d start a monthly(ish) feature series ingeniously called “Studio Playlists” which does just that — giving us a quick eves-dropping of various studios’ working-music.
Its been 6 busy years since we last featured ‘visual zealots’ Shotopop, and in that time their London studio has doubled in size and done more great work than most of us could hope to do in a lifetime. You might recognise them from their stunning cover illustrations for the Ride Journal. I had the immense pleasure of sharing a stage with Casper recently and I can confirm that he is a very rad guy, and Shotopop are producing some really beautiful things with heaps of passion and skill. I love this animation of their site header.
Came across some incredible new illustration and design work by Pawel Nolbert for a variety of fantastic clients including the likes of Squarespace, Nike, Google, Sony and Adobe. Particularly love the Nike Aire Max Sunset Pack sneaker cubes series, beautiful detail and textures.
Wether you’re planning a trip to New York soon, or you’re a seasoned visitor ‘On The Grid‘ is the perfect guide for any designer. With the best the City has to offer, from classics you might have missed on previous visits to great new things you won’t find in you’re Lonely Planet or Wallpaper Guide.