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September’s Top 5 Projects 2013

September's Top 5 Projects 2013

September was a great month for new work. Highlights included two new projects from Bielke+Yang, new architectural brand identities from Studio Constantine and Commando Group, as well as new packaging from Victor Design and Bond.

However, there were five projects that really stood out for me this month that have made it into BP&O’s top five, a feature that brings together what I believe to be the most interesting of the month for another opportunity to be seen and shared. These include an interesting brand identity project from Werklig that leverages the equity of established stationery brands to convey quality, the laser cut scorched paper detail employed by Hey to convey the heat and craft of glassware manufacturing, and the illustrated detail utilised by Bureau Collective to convey the personal bar service provided by Cocktails & Bitters. I have ordered these from five to one with my favourite project presented last.

Do you agree with my choices?

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Alquimie designed by Thought Assembly

Logotype and white ink, warm grey business card designed by ThoughtAssembly for quarterly beverage magazine Alquimie

“Released quarterly as a printed magazine, Alquimie is a written emulsion of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Covering wine, beer, spirits, bitters, coffees and other solutions of interest; Alquimie explores the liquids themselves — their origins and stories. Working with photographer James Morgan, the inaugural edition of Alquimie included over 160 images across 152 pages.” – Alquimie

Melbourne based graphic design and visual communications studio ThoughtAssembly, responsible for developing and managing Alquimie’s name, brand identity, print and art direction, utilise the thick white ink and warm concrete grey substrate of the business cards, a traditional, open, hand-sewn detail of the magazine, tinted photography and the well spaced uppercase serif characters of the logotype to hint at the history and craft the publication looks to uncover, its authority and high quality.

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Vibe Select designed by Studio Constantine

Brochure for architectural firm Vibe Select designed by Studio Constantine

Vibe Design Group are described by Studio Constantine, the design studio behind the brand identity of Vibe’s new sub brand Select, as a “multi award-winning Melbourne based architectural design practice” who produce “fiercely contemporary and conceptual buildings for the top end of the Australian residential market.”

Studio Constantine worked with Vibe in the process of “productising and branding a new consulting service, parallel to the main design practice” intended to “open up Vibe’s design thinking and experience to a design conscious market that would normally be prohibited by budget” through a service that “comprises of a 2 hour troubleshooting consult, a package of tailored reference and inspiration material, and an introduction to a network of high-end suppliers, built over years of experience in the market. All for a set price.”

The studio describe their design solution as needing to “relate to the pre-existing Vibe Design Group aesthetic and identity, yet sufficiently separate to distinguish the consulting service from the design practice” which was achieved by typographically referencing the Vibe identity through a lowercase ‘select’ and utilising a monochrome colour palette to keep the whole suite ‘understated’, ‘stylish’ and ‘contemporary’.

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