A shot of Kanteen's exterior, showing the large topiary signage.

Breathing new life into a popular downtown coffee shop

The home page of Kanteen's website, seen on a laptop beside a cup of coffee and a notepad, atop a wooden table.

Feel-good food

A community cornerstone within Birmingham’s bohemian Digbeth district, Kanteen is the area’s premier independent coffee shop, serving hand-crafted beverages and fresh food, prepared by highly-skilled baristas and passionate chefs.

Having taken on the brand in the midst of a substantial interior refurb — not to mention a global pandemic — we had a unique opportunity to refine and adapt its aesthetic. We also built a bespoke mobile app, fully integrated into the existing POS system and loyalty programme, while fostering the daytime eatery’s relationship with its after-hours alter-ego, Rico Libre.

As the brand’s expansion potential bubbled over, we directed a comprehensive re-brand in collaboration with Studio Chong, which is set to materialise in the near future.

A mock-up showcasing the business card designs for Kanteen.
A kitchen apron in khaki, adorned with the Kanteen logo and tagline.
A man with arm tattoos and a dark beard handing over a cup of coffee adorned with a Kanteen sticker in dark green.
A mock-up showing Kanteen's website on two iPhones.



October 2021

Scope of work

Visual Identity
Tone of Voice
Website Design
Website Development
App Design
System Configuration
Digital Marketing

For Hark Studio

Thomas Moran (as Marketing Manager at Heathmill Hospitality)


Coffee Quest Blog
Jack Spicer Adams

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A close-up headshot, featuring Hark Studio’s co-founder, Alan, wearing a black jumper in front of a grey backdrop.
A close-up headshot, featuring Hark Studio’s admin manager, Kellie, wearing a black dress in front of a grey backdrop.

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