open glasgow

Featured on the latest quarterly are a series of icons O Street developed for Glasgow’s Future City dashboard as part of the Open Glasgow project.

A big part of this pioneering project (read more about it here) was to make sure the data was presented in a unique and engaging manner. The dashboard needed to establish a recognisable style for the brand that could become building blocks for it’s growth. Together with our development partner Stipso, we took an ‘open-source’ approach to the whole project, meaning that anyone can use the work or add to it.

So it only seemed fitting to take this approach with the icon design too. And here they are, or at least some of them! With three sets (tools, weather and foods), these icons will soon be available for anyone to download. We can’t wait to see where they end up and what folk do with them.

green 2014

Curated by Architecture and Design Scotland, GREEN 2014 is an exhibition showcasing the environmental legacy of the XX Commonwealth Games. The show documents a diverse range of sustainable Glasgow-based projects. Organisations, communities and members of the public from across the city are represented in the display, taking place at The Lighthouse over a seven month period. In addition, the exhibition acts as a hub where visitors can find up-to-date information on the vast array of projects and events happening in and around the city this summer and beyond.

Working in collaboration with exhibition and interior partner Stuco, O Street were responsible for uniting the wide spectrum of projects in a single creative approach. This aesthetic looks to mirror the sustainable nature of the source material and features interactive sports-themed response areas. In addition, the majority of the materials and display items used have been recycled, reclaimed or are soon to be re-appropriated when the exhibition ends.

The studio also art-directed a series of portraits by collaborator Peter Dibdin capturing real people who will feel the impact of the Games.



future city dashboard

Like every city, Glasgow is brimming with live data. Every button press at a pedestrian crossing, light clicked off in a council-owned property and bus pulling away from a scheduled stop: all this information is collected automatically and unthinkingly.

O Street worked with Glasgow City Council and the Future City Demonstrator team to build a live data dashboard, utilising audience engagement and user profiles to identify information sets that real people will find genuinely useful. We collaborated with developers Stipso to build a customisable dashboard which filters data sets into a range of ‘weeg-its’. The whole project is very much a proof of concept but the beta dashboard is now online. It has been built with open source code and a set of graphic assets that will allow developers to build new widgets whilst maintaining the visual styling and interface.




massandra connection packaging

Blending two of our favourite things—whisky and packaging—working with Ben Riach is a joy. Their award-winning Glenglassaugh distillery has added two stunning whiskies to its renewed ‘Massandra Connection’ series, a 35-years-old Madeira wood finish and a 41-year-old sherry wood finish, available worldwide. These casks had previously been used to mature the very finest wines from Massandra, the oldest winery in the crimea and a favourite of Tsar Alexander III.

The design concept celebrates this heritage and visually tells the story with a map design showing the connection between the distillery and Crimea. We’ve also been working with Ben Riach on a number of other whisky products due to be released.



peter dibdin photographer

On moving into his new studio, photographer extraordinaire, O Street pal and long-time collaborator Peter Dibdin, asked us to refresh his identity to reflect his new surroundings… and we were more than happy to oblige!

Peter’s personality is very much reflected in the images he makes. By subtly manipulating his initials, we devised a bold monogram that retains that touch of lightheartedness so evident in his work. The monogram device can be used in isolation as a ‘sign off’, or in combination with the simple type marque we designed to work alongside it. To complement his varied and vibrant portfolio, we adopted a neutral, Ansel Adams inspired colour palette.

We rolled out Peter’s new identity across a range of material that included a complete stationery set, digital portfolio, postcard set and studio vinyls. The refresh would not have been complete without a new, bespoke portfolio website. You can see it, and more of Peter’s work here.




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