Opinion by Richard Baird
With a desire to stand out, and in response to the extensive saturation of heritage-related visual cues throughout the German beer market, brewery St. ERHARD worked outside of the country with Swedish studio Bedow to develop a modern graphic identity for three of its brews. Farmer, Mayflower and Saison are premium beers, each of which are crafted, brewed and bottled by St. Erhard in the Bamberg area of Northern Bavaria.
Bedow’s work is characterised by a strong use of contrast, a graphic simplicity and immediacy. This can be seen in the meeting of curvy traditional structure and rectilinear labelling, in the mix of black ink, white substrate and colourful foiling, in the reductive typographical form of the range and the more conventional logotype of St. ERHARD, and finally, the systematic nature of the collection yet the irregularity and playful character of each label.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Aspall is a British family run cyder maker with a significant history, now into its eight generation and third century. In response to increased competition from both the Cyder and Vinegar categories, Aspall recently worked with NB Studio to help reinvigorate and re-craft its brand identity. This included new logo and packaging treatments for retail and trade as well as website, point of sale and livery design. Drawing on Aspall’s rich history and archive of documents, records, old marks, motifs and photographs, NB Studio looked to connect the new design to the past and capture the unique quirks and eccentricities of the business, and the family members that have had a hand in running it.
Föllinge is a natural and organic skincare brand named after the small village in the north of Sweden where each of its products are manufactured. Design studio Amore recently worked with Föllinge to develop a new brand identity and packaging solution for its diverse range of face creams, moisturisers, deodorants and ointments. Inspired by Nordic nature, Amore brought to the forefront Föllinge’s unique knowledge and expertise, handcrafted production processes, origin and authenticity, by juxtaposing the traditional amber glass tones and clinical effectiveness associated with a lab environment and the craft of a calligraphic past through a logotype based on Veljovic Black, alongside contemporary structural choices, bright highlights, a recent and utilitarian mono-spaced sans-serif, logo with an organic container and a longitude, latitude and date detail.