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Scratch Kitchen


Identity and Wordmark designed for Scratch Kitchen restaurant in Montreal, Quebec. Designed to illustrate chef Taylor’s simple food philosophy, using only local ingredients and preparing everything fresh on order.

The takeout bags served a secondary purpose to promote events the restaurant and bar would put on each month.

Art Direction:
—Sebastian Speier
2008


 
 
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New Quarterly & Canadian Notes + Queries


The New Quarterly, in collaboration with Candian Notes and Queries, published joint issues acknowledging important Canadian writers that were omitted from The Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories. They asked me to design and illustrate a cover that represented the arrogance and vanity of the upper class. We agreed on a salon aesthetic that would satire the idea of a secret society or private club.

Art Direction:
—Sebastian Speier
2008


 
 
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The National


The National is a daily quality national and international newspaper published 6 days per week, by the Abu Dhabi Media Company. At Lacava Design, I aided in the art direction and design of the entire paper from start to finish and developed graphic styles, typographical styles and grids. The nameplate and section flags were designed in collaboration with type designer Christian Schwartz.

Since the launch in 2008, The National has won over 30 awards, including 3 silver medals at the 30th annual SND Best of Newspaper Design competition. The National’s tally of awards puts it in the top ten internationally after less than a year from its launch.

Art Direction:
—Sebastian Speier
Agency: Lacava Design Inc. | 2008


 
 
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Art History


Art History is a small boutique shop, which curates found furniture, housewares and small original artworks and multiples. Their store values are grounded in the notion of ‘found’ objects and ideas. We developed an identity which resembled an old stamp you might find in a notebook.

Art Direction:
—Sebastian Speier
—Meagan Durlak
2010