Opinion by Richard Baird.
Ceri Hand was the largest, independent, commercial art gallery in the UK outside of the capital, and was located inside a converted warehouse on Liverpool’s northern dockyards. The gallery was founded in 2008 in response to a lack of commercial galleries in the city and with the intention of supporting artists through the promotion of new work and the staging of exhibitions. Created by Marcus McCabe while working at design studio Uniform, Ceri Hand’s brand identity, a bold geometric monogram intersected by fine lines and executed as foils, screen prints, embosses and signage, represents the gallery space and establishes a distinctive contrast to the detail of the artwork it sits over.
Proper Beans is a handmade baked bean range created in the English countryside and available from Fortnum & Mason. Proper’s mission is to “reinstate baked beans as the premium meal it once was” with six unique flavour combinations. These include Fava Beans & Smoked Pork Collar, Hamhock, Potato & Thyme and Smoked Bacon & English Mustard. The story and passion behind the brand, as well as the product’s Britishness and handmade quality, is visualised as a distinctive crest and simple packaging treatment designed by London based studio Interabang, and website by James Hayter and Mike Polom.