Julia Kostreva is an American designer who specialises in brand identity, strategy, direction and design. As a brand designer, she helps companies define their strategy and then translate this into a meaningful expression of the brand. Julia's style is both elegant and minimal. Her approach creates timeless and enduring work that seems to transcend design trends. This work extends to both large and small clients – focusing her effort into projects that create the highest impact and most value for growing brands.
I recently designed a new minimal look for a potential Sushi Restaurant, love the graphic simple nature of the design. It could potentially expand into a full scale identity system. The project is purely speculative at the moment.
Parsons Branding recently completed their own brand identity. The beautifully crafted design system is a showpiece for their core offer. The is firm based in Cape Town, South Africa and have been building a reputation for high end brand strategy and quality creative for over 10 years.
Herbst Architects are producing some of New Zealand’s best modern homes, and now they have a string of awards to prove it. Lance and Nicola Herbst have a special gift in defining both style and elegance, the trick is they can do it without indulging every available modern convenience. Their work endeavours to have a positive and meaningful contribution to the environment, rather than just another self serving monument.
Violaine & Jérémy continue to produce some incredible work, I wanted to keep everyone across some further work showcasing their font sets. This collection of typography stands a long way a head of almost any other ornate collections. The detail and love that has gone into this work is beyond most of us. So enjoy a few extras listed below.
SP-GD are a graphic design and visual communication studio based in Melbourne Australia. Their work is a perfect blend of strategic thinking, highly crafted aesthetics and functionality. SP-GD specialise is branding, visual identity, publication design, campaign Collateral, packaging, posters, art direction, design strategy, naming, photography, print production, web design, web development, product design, spacial design.
Graphic Designer Nick Barclay has decided to pay tribute to cities and their 3 favorite colors through his minimal poster series 'Three Colors Cities'. For the city of New York, the yellow is reminiscent of the color of the taxis, the green is for the Statue of Liberty and the gray refers to the skyscrapers. On the poster of London, we find the red buses and phone booths. You get the idea, it's a fantastic and highly stylish use of the Swiss design style. The approach is something worth bookmarking if you need some killer typography examples.
Leroy van Drie used a clever combination of photography and illustration to create this high impact campaign for the Encore music scene in Amsterdam. The campaign visuals represent the hip-hop and R&B culture and translate both movement and rhythm into static poster designs. The carefully overlaid doodles and typography give a distinctly creative and human element to the work. The visual energy is a great way to help captures the viewers attention.
This stunning 100th anniversary book was created for Lenz & Staehelin (one of the leading Swiss law firms) by graphic design agency Raffinerie. The book covers many of the events that impacted the company over that time. It's divided into six chapters and shows how the company has transform over a century. The focus is always on the employees, who shape the book, but also the law firm, with their contributions, photographs and impressions. It's a stunning typographic piece that will look as good in another 100 years.
This graphic booklet by Sunda Studio masterfully blends color, minimal layouts, and typography together to enhance the writers content. The simple editorial format guides the viewer through an intriguing journey on the 'perception of time'. The brochure itself extends into a traditional flip book, where the viewer can enjoy a truly analogue motion experience. It's a wonderfully crafted piece of work, that deserves all the attention it's gained.
Absolutely love this signage system by Nitsche Arquitetos. The typography design and execution is great reference for home or commercial way finding. Perfect for adding style to your standard letterbox. Take a look at the full project here.
This dream style beach house is located in New Zealand on Waiheke Island, the site design plays a careful balance between private and public spaces. The sheltered private courtyard is the showpiece of this property. The small but cozy space has been masterfully crafted to connect with the indoor layout. The exterior materials of stone, timber and black steel is a winning combination - giving it a timeless, rustic and approachable feel.
Blok is a multidiscipline graphic design agency based in Toronto Canada. Their creative strengths include typography, branding, packaging, editorial, websites, digital experiences, art exhibitions and installations. Blok underpin this diverse set of skills with a highly polished and passionate approach to thinking and strategic direction. Typically they collaborate with thinkers and creators, from all over the world, blending cultural awareness with their love of art.
Inspirational illustrator and designer Magdiel Lopez has challenged himself to create a cool poster everyday. He’s already completed hundreds of colourful designs. Ranging from abstract people, fashion, modern geometric and on to sci-fi rainbow fantasy! The results are truly unreal. It’s a brilliant collection of work, and the design layouts show a masterful approach to both illustration and typography.
Creative agency Violaine & Jérémy have once again impressed us with some bold new branding for Mamie restaurant. The new Paris establishment is run by Jean Imbert and his inspirational Grandmother (who we suspect is responsible for his passion in food). The approach is done in the V&J signature style, where the typography takes a lead role in styling the overall design. The concept is supported by a range of full colour vintage illustrations, which depict hand drawn organic vegetables and ingredients.
Savvy Studio recently completed this new branding project for Kate linens. Kate underwent a brand restructure to simplify their many sub-brands and put them under one umbrella. The goal was to establish themselves as a market leader hospitality linen. The new brand evokes ideas of quality, design and effortless luxury - with the key message being everyday ease.
The Wirra Willa Pavillion is a modern glass and sandstone structure on the edge of a natural dam. This stunning piece of architecture is separate from the main residence and provides a place from which to experience the beautifully established landscaping and luxurious natural environment of this rural property.
SocioDesign are London based design agency specialising in design, strategy and brand guidelines. They help transform brands and businesses through carefully crafted design and rigorous strategic thinking.
The Violaine & Jérémy studio recently launched a fantastic new font offer - the VJ-Type foundry. Violaine & Jérémy specialise in design, typography and font creation, and recently committed to started a bespoke type foundry. Many of the fonts now available for license are custom fonts they produced for commercial projects already delivered.
Regal Finesse Pro is an exceptional typeface designed by Panos Vassiliou as part of a typography project for Grazia magazine.
The Innosense brand and signage design system was produced by Japanese graphic designer and art director Manami Inoue.
These beautiful and simple pieces of packaging design were produced for 'A Fresh Moment' by Augr Design studio (based in Seoul).
This clever piece of typography design was produced for the Russian Student Industrial Design Contest in Yekaterinburg. It was held during Innoprom exhibition as a key part of the Global Industrial Design Forum. The Forma logotype was produced by 12 Points - a small design consultancy in Russia. They specialize in corporate identity and brand design - they have a special interest developing effective complex and coherent visual design systems.
Dimitry Gerais is a Russian designer and brand storyteller who knows exactly how to bring hospitality branding to life. From a logo design through to the over arching brand story and strategy, Dimitry is a master craftsman. The work is completed under his niche hospitality, restaurant and gastronomy design firm nineteen. His agency is dedicated to helping restaurants and gourmet brands create their unique individuality.
Deep Yellow is a small design studio based in Kosovo that produce some astonishing design resources and posters. Recently I found their work floating around on Pinterest and felt it deserved a bit more exploration - and of course a few backlinks to their site. As mentioned in their Behance bio, they are working towards bringing some world-class design resources online.
This incredible apartment and living room design by Cometa is a definitive example of small space architecture. It’s situated near Barcelona’s Olympic Marina where price and space are at a premium.
The Grove, is an incredible home perched beautifully amongst the lush Byron hinterland. The home decor selection, design and build took over 3 years to complete and has been operating as a luxury destination and wedding venue.
Matthias Arnt of Lichtecht Architecture creates some of the worlds best architectural concepts and visualisations. His work takes conceptual design to the next level, he balances a line between believability and surrealism. Lichtecht has a distinct advantage of most visualisation firms in that they are also a crew of architects - rather than just being high end illustrators.