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Port of Mokha by Manual, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging design by Manual for Port of Mokha's Yemen Trilogy Box Set, an exclusive and award winning coffee

Port of Mokha is a coffee, sourced from Yemen, that is said to be the rarest, most expensive and best tasting in the world. As a brand it is critically acclaimed, winning awards and receiving the highest ratings in blind cuppings, and mindful, helping to support local communities.

Port of Mokha’s story begins with the return and daring escape of Yemeni founder and San Francisco-based Mokhtar Alkhanshali from war-torn Yemen on a fishing boat with coffee samples which made international news in 2015. This story forms part of Port of Mokha’s unique mythology and visual identity, alongside geographical allusions and material value across the limited edition Yemen Trilogy Box Set which was created by American design studio Manual.

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Maisonette by Lotta Nieminen Studio, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity and invitation for children's online retailer Maisonette by Lotta Nieminen Studio New York

Maisonette is an American online retailer of luxury children’s brands, founded by former Vogue co-workers Sylvana Durrett and Luisana Mendoza Roccia. The retailer carries a carefully selected yet extensive catalogue of clothing, homeware, gifts and accessories that mixes local up-and-coming brands with those that are well-established and international.

Maisonette’s visual identity, designed by New York based Lotta Nieminen Studio, intends to balance and juxtapose a sense of play and a modern sophistication though scribbles and their arrangement and colour, a simple outline logo, similar logotype and a gold block foil finish. These link a variety of assets that include swing tags, stationery, business cardspackaging and website.

This is one of a number of recently documented projects designed over the last few years and uploaded to the Lotta Nieminen Studio website last week. Also check out Rent The Runway, and Cienne.

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Loyal Coffee by Mast, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird

Illustrated coffee cups and visual identity design by Mast for barista-run and Colorado-based Loyal Coffee

Loyal Coffee is a barista-owned and operated specialty coffee shop located in Colorado Springs. It features a high ceiling, exposed beams and concrete surfaces, natural material detail such as tree trunk stools, and crafted finishes that include a mosaic floor, carved wood panel and what looks like a ghost sign. Drawing on this, the surrounding landscape, and the loyal bond that the six founders share, design studio Mast created a visual identity for Loyal Coffee. This is built around landscape references, the crafted details but geometric foundations of custom typography, and a modernity in colour and in the assembly of individual graphic elements online and in print across coffee cups, packaging, merchandise, menus.

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