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Blå Bär by BVD, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Animated logotype by Swedish studio BVD for Blå Bär, an Osaka-based retailer of Scandinavian goods

Blå Bär (Swedish for blueberries) sells a variety miscellaneous goods from Scandinavia from its store in Osaka, Japan. These include, but are not limited to, glass and kitchenware, soft furnishings, ornaments and jewellery. Many of these could be described as having something of a shared Scandinavian simplicity of form, lightness of colour, natural material quality and cheerful character in pattern and imagery. These are displayed within a well-lit space that blends white walls and shelves, a light wood floor and storage, with the blue of its brand identity, created by Stockholm-based graphic design studio BVD. This appears as a solid matte colour wall, glossy counter, pattern detail and display case, and runs across the store’s packaging.

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Hidden Characters by RE, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and branded pencil boxes for Sydney-based PR firm Hidden Characters by RE, Australia

Hidden Characters is the latest PR offering from international advertising agency network M&CSaatchi. It replaces/is an evolution of Bang PR, developed in response to the changing public relations landscape.

With the advent of social media and the subsequent growth of non-traditional influencers and an increase in inauthentic product placement, Hidden Characters intends to make sure that their client’s reach is handled in an ethical and authentic way.

Sydney-based graphic design studio RE worked to created a brand identity for Hidden Characters that articulates this intention with a concept that makes a connection between the hidden characters that shape how text appears and the creative behind the scenes shaping of a brand’s public perception. The idea of the seen and unseen plays out in a number of ways in print, and links business cards, headed paper, stationery and brochure.

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Emma Magnusson Arkitektur by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, business cards and bespoke stationery boxes for Emma Magnusson Arkitektur by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Emma Magnusson is an architect working from the Swedish city of Gothenburg primarily on private commissions and occasionally with larger corporate clients. These have included Benify and Warner Music. Scandinavian graphic design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist recently worked with Emma to craft a new visual identity. Drawing on some architectural staples such as space and materiality, and working in the systematic and the playful, Lundgren+Lindqvist’s identity work for Emma intends to visually articulate the personable but professional approach she takes to her work. The project included monogram and stationery design, business cards, bespoke stationery boxes and website.

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Hatch Cold Brew Coffee by Tung, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Hatch Cold Brew Coffee brand identity, illustration and packaging by Toronto based graphic design studio Tung

Toronto-based Hatch is a coffee roaster producing ready-to-drink cold brew coffee from high quality natural ingredients using a craft-oriented twice-filtered manufacturing process and a unique bottling technology to seal in fresh flavour. Hatch intends to bring cold brew coffee from a niche but growing market into the mainstream and worked with Canadian graphic design studio Tung to help them achieve this through brand identity and packaging.

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