Grauforz is an expanding Mexican company specialized in buying, selling
and distributing steel by-products on a global level. Their brand is able to communicate
strength with a modern feel. Their brand identity is shown throughout their offices with exceptional detail with steel and wooden elements. The people at Anagrama really did a great job with Grauforz's brand.
Found an great design consultancy from Sydney, Australia by the name of Neografik. I love their branding work. Especially their original incarnation, Neublok. Taking the modern feel from classic sans serif faces such as Helvetica Neue and Akzidenze Grotesk.
I came across a PBS Identity Manual, created by Chermayeff & Geismar back in 1984, posted by the people at Container List. This is a piece of branding history for the company and I would love to have complete access to it. Not sure who is allowed to view it being a part of the Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.
I am envious of 7-Eleven in Sweden. Their rebrand, brought to you by BVD, is smart and beautifully done. Design like this would inspire me to go to 7-Eleven more often. Too bad that we don't get to see this rebrand in the states.
The Smithsonian has a Robot Monk made of wood and iron on display. It has been 400 years and the robot is still working. The mechanician, Juanelo Turriano, made the monk for Emperor Charles V in response to his son’s recovery from a deadly illness.
Driven by a key-wound spring, the monk walks in a square, striking his chest with his right arm, raising and lowering a small wooden cross and rosary in his left hand, turning and nodding his head, rolling his eyes, and mouthing silent obsequies. From time to time, he brings the cross to his lips and kisses it. Listen to the Podcast – A Clockwork Miracle by Radiolab to get the interesting details of this innovative piece of machinery.