Michael Barley is a Texas-based commercial photographer with experience in the corporate, advertising and healthcare sectors. His visual identity and business cards, developed by 3advertising, is a lovely mix of simple typography and a crafted and communicative business card solution that adds a tactile dimensionality to the vivid detail of Michael’s photographs.
Sam Flaherty is a Sydney based freelance graphic designer and art director with a client roster that has included Citibank, Penguin Publishing and Panasonic. His visual identity, a juxtaposition of machine production and hand-finish – communicated through stamp and marker detail, craft material and personal language alongside modernistic non-hierachical, sans-serif typography, grid-based layouts, conventional print techniques, a limited colour palette and plenty of space - bound together by a contrasting circular logo-type – neatly reflects his belief in ‘clear, concise messages through design elegance and reduction’. It is a design solution that resolves a personal but professional approach through a smart combination of creativity and restraint, an aesthetic that is consistently reflected throughout Sam’s portfolio.
Cha Ren More is a new natural hand wash made from the oils of cooked and ground organic tea leaves using time-honoured methods. The product’s packaging, created by Taiwan based Victor Design, reflects the elemental plant-based ingredient, the traditional and handcrafted production technique and an earthy organic proposition through a simple combination, and practical qualities of a tactile, uncoated and unbleached material choice, adhesive label, a very nice half-tone print treatment, classic serif and traditional Chinese characters.
Just In Case is an end-of-the-world survival kit and self promotional gift created by Mexico based advertising and brand design studio Menosunocerouno. Click here to read my review and share your own opinion of Menosunocerouno’s self promotional piece on The Dieline.
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Towards the end of 2011, as part of a thank you to clients, friends and collaborators, multi-disciplinary design studio RoAndCo created RoAndCordials, a ginger syrup gift packed and branded under a classic medicinal theme.
Commando Group is an Oslo based, multi-disciplined, visual communications agency. Towards the end of last year the group embarked on a rebranding exercise replacing their previous running horse logo-mark and script logo-type with a simple, geometric head, utilising chess as an analogy to deliver a clearer, less superflous and more authoritative brand message.
The Big Book of Packaging is the latest edition in HarperDesigns’ Big Book series written by Will Burke, Lisa Buer andJamesPietruszynski. The book blends project insights with author profiles and contains over 500 packaging examples from an international collection of designers, students and agencies.
Sophia Georgopoulou is a designer from Athens Greece, with experience in branding, visual communication, web development, packaging and print. This year Sophia created a new logo-mark and ecologically inspired stationary concept to represent her design services.