The Edit: five new projects including WIZZ&CO by Alexandra Lunn Studio
Each and every day, we're lucky to discover dozens of interesting and inspiring projects from around the world. From global identities and campaigns to side projects and independently published books, The Edit is home to five of them; every two weeks.
Founded by Wizz Selvey, WIZZ&CO offers specialist advice services to brands and retailers to help them create, develop and grow sales, engagement and loyalty. Initially operating under her name, Selvey sought an elegant and playful identity for her relaunch as WIZZ&CO; turning to London-based Alexandra Lunn Studio to make it happen. The resulting graphic system revolves a delicately crafted custom logotype, which through its smooth and graceful forms, aims to embody Selvey’s work and elegance authentically. It’s accompanied by a reduced monogram ‘W&’ version, offering a suitable alternative for favicons, page furniture and beyond. “Designing custom type means the ability to focus on typographic details relevant to your brand’s story with total creative freedom, and using expertise to craft a truly made-to-measure branding system,” Alexandra Lunn explains of her work. Said custom type is accompanied by a series of pulsating gradients in application, creating an attention-grabbing backdrop to the already eye-catching typographic showcase.
Established by professional footballer Michael Doughty, sustainable entrepreneur Jacob Green and former Asics head of production John Prescott, Hylo Athletics is a sustainable sports brand with big ambitions to give one of the world’s largest industries a “much-needed shake-up.” With the climate crisis reaching a point of no return, the trio recognised the need for a brand that inspires fundamental climate action, beginning with a running shoe labelled as the most sustainable of its kind in the world. Made with just seven natural materials, everything that goes into Hylo Athletics’ shoes is delivered to their factory by road, with all but two materials coming from within a 100km radius. Operating as equity investors for Hylo Athletics as well as their design agency, London-based Otherway developed a straightforward visual identity for the brand that successfully communicates athletic performance and sustainable innovation. Intentionally minimalistic, the design language is inspired by waste reduction, taking cues from nature and the science of natural materials. As well as multiple weights of Family Type’s quirky sans Athletics, the identity revolves around a signature bolt symbol that elegantly represents the lightning-fast speed that comes from wearing one of the world’s lightest commercial running shoes.
True North offers adventure cruise travel around Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, designed to push its small coterie of guests out of their comfort zones. Aiming to come across as more premium without losing their remarkable appetite for adventure and exploration, they commissioned the Australian wing of global brand agency Re to conduct a rebrand. Inspired by topographical map patterns, arrows, coordinates and grid paper, the resulting identity aims to remind True North guests of adventure time before there were screens and Google Earth. The straightforward yet strikingly bold logo puts a spin on the marine compass, reflecting the role True North assumes in guiding explorers through their journey. Colours are distinctly earthy, captured seamlessly in printed form through the use of raw and natural materials and premium print finishes.
Inspired by the feeling of adventures yet to come, DOBRO is a Polish jewellery brand designed by Kasia Dobrowolska. Each piece is handcrafted in Warsaw, with each undergoing a laborious process of hand-carving in wax before rigorous polishing. With an undying love for vintage aesthetics and Mediterranean sunlight, Dobrowolska’s predominantly gold and silver debut collection aims to be an invitation to a permanently sunny parallel world. Taking those traits as a direct reference, Unifikat Design Studio created a delightful combination of custom typography, reflective of the jewellery’s handmade process, and a sophisticated, shimmering palette of blue, white and gold that portrays the Mediterranean sky on a sunny day.
Alphatek is a Norwegian company that’s developing ‘AlphaPWR’, a state of the art weightlifting rig with aims to set a new standard for weightlifting equipment. With the prototypes completed and first rigs ready to be deployed, Alphatek reached out to Stavanger-based communications agency Fasett for help with their visual identity, UI and UX. In response to a brief to make Alpatek’s brand more reflective of their product, Fasett developed a reductive yet expressive typographic universe. “For gyms, fitness centres and other potential clients, it’s important not to clutter their places of business more than necessary visually,” the agency explains, “that is why we chose to make the UI and branding on the physical product minimalist and pragmatic.” The core of the identity is the Alphatek ’A’ logomark, which intelligently doubles as a weightlifter, and informed the playful choice of And Repeat’s pixelated sans serif 188 Sans as the primary brand typeface.