Ornamental Composition from Bodoni Glyphs by Sung-Jin Kim

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Using his favorite typeface, Bodoni, Korean artist Sung-Jin Kim created an ornamental composition entirely from the “extra” characters of the typeface, celebrating the beauty of its glyphs. He started by taking single glyphs and pairing them into slightly more complex elements. He then took those elements and combined them into slightly more complex elements. This three-tiered structure is illustrated in the image above. For inspiration, Kim noted that he “referred to 19C ornament composition in Europe and Arabic.”

>> See more of Sung-Jin Kim’s work at behance.net/idty10.

Má da Fita Identity by Royal Studio

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This identity for Má da Fita is not only beautiful, but incredibly well thought out. Má da Fita is a multimedia company that focuses on narrative and storytelling. Through a thorough understanding of their client, Royal Studio, based in Portugal, created a brand that is extremely versatile aesthetically and symbolic of their client’s ethos. Royal Studio provides fascinating insight into their thinking and branding process:

“Má da Fita is a multimedia agency who approached us with quite a challenge.
While being extreme pros at what they do, they are also a niche company focused on narratives, lifestyle and The Journey. And they do so expressing themselves via storytelling and documentaries:
1 vision; 2 journalists; 2 video-experts.Identity is about building a culture, cultivating history and creating the will to inspire. And respect. Respect. From The Royal to the client, the client to the world, being fed by it’s vision and inspiring him to become inspired, isn’t it?
To build this identity we went on to think of a different bet : there is an inherent petry to Má da Fita’s recordings that it would become pointless to brand it as it is:their brand isn’t who they are, their logo is who they record. Because of their motto as a documentary team, their vision is shared through their recordings of other people’s narratives.
Má da Fita – The Storyteller: it is the process, the capture. The brand is transparent, it is the symbol of reporting, registration, interview and narrative.
Fed by this defition, we took the identity one step ahead and paid as much attention to the Logo as to how all communication develops (print communication, extra instruments, branding themes, methods for being present at all moments with the smallest details) empowering the narrative and feedind the traveller’s ambience.
Because their vision shares information, interviews and reportage pieces, the branding had one challenge: to be The Tool to Narration.
 
From this idea, that the lens captures the content without being content itself but a vehicle for culture, we found the parallel between the multimedia environment and the universe of identity. To build identity from the context and process.
 
The identity unfolds physically in 3 elements: The printed (and digital) objects that are incomplete (with lines, ongoing information and logo system); printed objects that complete the above (1 stamp with half the logo, another to brand the directions, and 1 sticker roll to customize orders, envelopes,scenarios and transport elements such as bags, microphones, agendas, etc).
Má da Fita is it’s process, it’s materials, it’s textures, and it’s stories.
 
Similarly to how The Interview records and documents content with poetic engagement from the individual’s background; we’d like to invite you to a journey that provides the tools without detailing the contents. It is culture who brands Má da Fita.
 
As sets to cinema: allow the narrative , easy to fill, the story is left to happen;
As airplanes the travel: allow the journey, won’t create the experience.
As audio tracks, lines to a page: allow the story , won’t create the writing .
A brand to be flexible, light on the printing, and that can be molded with mood, care and living: The Traveller’s universe: The Passport; The Stamp; The Diary, The Stickers, The Writing.
 
The living.”

Check out Má da Fita’s work at madafita.pt and vimeo.com/madafita.

>> See more of Royal Studio’s work at theroyalstudio.com.