The Makioka Sisters, written by the well-know Japanese author Junichiro Tanizaki (谷崎潤一郎), is a 1948 novel and has been called “the greatest cosmopolitan novel since the Meiji Restoration*. In the design of the exclusive authorized Traditional Chinese edition, the calligraphic title accompanied snowy background taken in real snow scene elegantly reveals the mood of the Japanese title. In addition, the manipulation of light/dark colors on the two volumes implies the decline of the Makiokas’ family’s wealthy life in the story.

Having quickly grown from a junior exploration company to a bonafide gold producer, the leading producer in Vietnam no less, Olympus Pacific Minerals came to us in need of a complete rebrand. Their rapid growth had left them with an array of logos and gold fields branded individually rather than sitting under one overall corporate banner.

Their new name was to be Besra. Which was particularly apt as the Besra hawk, a native of South East Asia, is a tenacious and agile hunter with superb vision; which fitted the company’s vision perfectly. Conveniently an illustrated Besra hawk’s head also sat perfectly with the final logo design.

Multiple variations of the logo were designed to enable the creation of a hierarchy that put Besra at the top and worked down to individual gold fields. The branding was rolled out across stationary, their website, internal signage, uniforms and even a cafe.


Exploring “Ghost City” (город-призрак) in Seredinkovo, Russia

For more bizarre and beautiful photos from “Ghost City” in Seredinkovo, explore the Город Призрак location page.

Old taverns, abandoned docks and ghost ships are all part of “Ghost City” (город-призрак), a park located in the small town of Seredinkovo in the Russian countryside. The park premises were originally constructed as a Russian movie set in 2010, and were designed to look like an 18th-century European city. Now open to the public, the former film set allows visitors to explore the “city” and dress up in period costumes. With replicas of prisons, gallows, hotels, cemeteries, a fort and more, the park offers opportunities to capture time-worn landscapes for visitors and Instagrammers alike.