Journal

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Get To Know: Pan Animalia (with Ben Howitt)

December 31, 2021

In 2019, Aquí Design had the honour of creating the brand identity and website of Pan Animalia Galápagos, a charitable foundation that develops and supports conservation projects worldwide focused on protecting the health, welfare and biodiversity of both local (Galápagos) and global ecosystems. In awe of the work that they do, we are very excited to have Ben Howitt - the Founder and Managing Director - with us to give us more insights into wildlife conservation at the Galápagos Islands.

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Get To Know: Treasure (with Bianca Hanbury-Morris)

April 30, 2021

Get To Know is a series by Aquí Design where we take you behind-the-scenes to find out who they are and what they do. With the growing concern for online privacy, you would be thrilled to know that our first feature is on Treasure, a cloud storage company whose branding we worked on.

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We #ChooseToChallenge: Talking about Women's Equality

March 31, 2021

In this blog post, we engage in a discussion about what gender inequality looks like and share some of our personal experiences.

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Kiss, Marry, Kill: PANTONE Colours

February 26, 2021

Today, you will be joining us in a game of ‘Kiss, Marry, Kill' where we get a little too emotional talking about our relationship with certain PANTONE colours.

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Aquí's Design Language

January 29, 2021

In the midst of all the language work that we are doing for the website, we've recently pondered upon the term 'Design Language' and what it means for Aquí.

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Joe: Our Design Resolutions for 2021

December 18, 2020

Today, we are here to discuss: what would self-betterment look like for each of us next year as creatives in the design industry?

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Joe: 2020's Surprise Lessons

December 9, 2020

‘Full of surprises’ is what 2020 has been like for all of us. In this retrospective post, we look back at some of the surprises we met with and share the valuable lessons learnt.

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Joe: Our Current Favourite Websites

November 30, 2020

Today’s Joe is an appreciation post to the websites that we are currently bedazzled by; those that turn heads (if you are not already looking).

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Joe: So... How's WFH?

November 17, 2020

Six months ago, the acronym ‘WFH’ was not part of our vocabulary. Six months later, we find ourselves living and breathing it. As this topic continues to be one of the hottest conversation starters of 2020, we thought we might hop on the bandwagon and discuss our work-from-home experience.

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Joe: How We Cope With Anxiety

October 30, 2020

As the pandemic continues to affect everyone, some more than others, we need to pay more attention to the emotional wellbeing of ourselves and the people around us and not prolong the historic neglect of mental health. In this post, we share more about our personal anxieties and how we cope with it.

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Joe: Our Worst Design Nightmares

October 13, 2020

The worst things in life have their way of creeping up to you and catching you off guard, no matter how meticulous or prepared you think you are. Today, we explore our worst nightmares - the time bombs that have yet to go off as well as those that have.

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Joe: Q&A with #TeamAquí

September 25, 2020

Aquí Design turns Four this month! With birthdays, there is always a big question looming over our heads, “What are we celebrating for?” We each took some time this month to reflect on our #LifeAtAquí.

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Joe: Why Design?

September 14, 2020

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” was a question that we were often asked as a kid. Some kids knew, while most thought they knew. No matter what you end up doing, it is always worth questioning why you are doing what you are doing today.

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Joe: Creative Types and What They Say About Us

August 28, 2020

We recently discovered our creative personalities by completing Adobe’s Creative Types test. To add to the thrill, we each did a round of guessing before the results were shared and oh boy it is safe to say that we are not good with guessing games.

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Joe: Friends We'd Like To Have

August 14, 2020

Given the chance to befriend anyone in (or out of) this world - who would it be?

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Joe: Documentaries That Lit A Fire Inside

July 27, 2020

Every documentary exposes us to a new perspective, in a way that is structured and moving. Today, we share four documentaries that remind us of the fire within; the one that keeps us going.

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Joe: App Designs That Won Our Hearts

July 15, 2020

Good-looking apps are aplenty, but what truly makes an app UI stand out?

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Joe: Sharing Creative Advice

June 26, 2020

What was one advice that shaped each of our creative journeys?

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Joe: Our Favourite Film Production Designs

May 21, 2020

In this post, we each explore our favourite movie set designs and introduce you to some of the most detail-oriented production designers.

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Joe: MamboMambo, Henn Kim, Dodgy Paper, ThatsChic

May 12, 2020

Can aesthetic and functionality both be the focus of a good web design? Do we actually need to cut more trees to produce fresh paper?

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Joe: Maxine, D'Avella, Emojis & Bossdorf

May 5, 2020

What does it take to succeed at your craft? And have you checked out the new emojis designed by &Walsh?

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What's Your Type: Aquí's Top Favourites

April 30, 2020

A fundamental part of every branding design process, “Type is Branding,” Elizabeth Carey Smith says it best. What’s Aquí’s favourite Type?

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Joe: Doing Your Own Thing

April 25, 2020

FaceTime photography is a thing. Embracing our differences is also a thing.

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Joe: Exploring Details, Motivation, Style & Familiarity

April 20, 2020

Ever heard of Miniature art? Ever wondered how some of us stay productive or motivated while working remotely?

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Joe: Well-being, Details, Rising Above & Design Thinking

April 13, 2020

What is Yale’s most popular class ever? How do we use Design Thinking to help build a sustainable future?

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Joe: Conscious Living & Happy Places

April 3, 2020

Jewellery brand repurposes discarded glasses to make their jewellery pieces, and local environmentalist uses illustration to advocate.

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Joe: The Stay Home Series

March 27, 2020

Take a break from your new work from home routine and dive into some of our favourite content on the internet at the moment.

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Joe: Wellness, Inclusiveness, Uniqueness & Girlboss-ness

March 20, 2020

What is a disability-inclusive brand? And what makes a photographer unique?

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Joe: International Women's Day Edition

March 13, 2020

This International Women’s Day, hear us talk about our female heroes!

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Joe: The Wholesome Edition

March 6, 2020

What does ‘wholesome’ mean? Do you know who Hingie is?

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Joe: Seeking Refuge, Self-Care, Parasite & Connection

February 28, 2020

What do you do when your level of productivity is low? What is your self-care routine?

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Joe: Grit, Contact Lens, Wing on Wo & Energy Bars

February 21, 2020

How far are you willing to go for your passion? Have you heard about New York’s oldest Chinese porcelain shop?

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Joe: OooOoO, Laundry, Finneas & Natasha Jen

February 14, 2020

Yes, Billie Eilish has a brother who co-writes and produces her music. Also, did you know Arial and Times New Roman were used for a very successful brand identity?

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Joe: Jessica Walsh, #MambaForever, Grief & Intentions

February 7, 2020

Revisiting Kobe Bryant’s legacy and understanding the story behind Mamba Mentality. RIP, Kobe and Gigi.

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Joe: Consistency, Trust, Dreams & Waste

January 31, 2020

Growing up, who were your role models? What makes you trust a brand?

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Joe: Beyond Egg Tarts, Vitamins, The Obvious & Creativity

January 17, 2020

As creatives, it is important for us to do things beyond the obvious in order to make a difference. Hear it from Bobby Martin and Neri Oxman.

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Joe: Snail Mail, Cats, Banana & Emotions

December 20, 2019

Emotional attachments and a $120,000 Duct-tape banana? Hmm…

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Joe: What Makes A...

December 13, 2019

A good experience on Spotify Wrapped, a minimalist 3-Room HDB in Singapore - what are they made of?

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Joe: Discovering Wyman, Funan, Kessels, & Confetti Studio

December 6, 2019

Who was the designer behind the brand identity of Mexico City Olympic Games in 1968? What does Funan Mall’s brand identity actually mean?

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Introducing Joe: Our Design Dose

November 29, 2019

Exploring the cohesive visual systems of Hillary Clinton’s campaign brand identity and an avant-garde minimalist office design.

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Awards, Are They Worth It?

February 22, 2019

Are brands, and their agencies getting value from entering awards? We were invited by Invisible Artists & WeWork to discuss more about the value of awards at a Panel Session.

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Joined Behance

June 5, 2018

We’re now on Behance!

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Challenge Accepted

April 24, 2018

36 Days of Type - we’re ready.

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We Moved Office!

April 19, 2018

To new beginnings in a new environment!

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Tern Conference

September 4, 2017

Q&A session with María Trujillo and Marissa Trew at Tern 2017.

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CNBC Feature

September 1, 2017

We were featured on CNBC!

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We're Turning One!

August 31, 2017

Come celebrate with Us!

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Aquí x BLLNR | Why Colour Is The Super Power to Propel Your Business

June 20, 2017

Choosing The Right Colours Can Make The Difference Between Business Success and Failure.

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Aquí X BLLNR | The Future of Design

June 19, 2017

We talk to BLLNR about the Future of Design.

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Aquí at The Working Capitol Robinson Launch

April 7, 2017

Speaking at The Working Capitol Robinson’s Launch.

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Speaking at LSE

February 21, 2017

Sustainability in the Concrete Jungle.

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Community Spotlight Q&A

February 21, 2017

Maria was featured on The Working Capitol’s blog!

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