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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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Old Spike Coffee by Commission Studio, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

Coffee Branding and Packaging Design – Old Spike Coffee by Commission Studio, United Kingdom

Old Spike is a coffee roastery, subscription service and wholesaler, cafe and social enterprise working with the homeless, located in South East London. It is situated on the site of a former workhouse, a place where the poor would break rocks over metal spikes for food and lodgings, and where the roaster gets its name. With a desire to separate the roastery’s commercial and social activities Commission Studio worked to develop a retail and subscription packaging design that avoided the conventions of the market, and worked together a sense of the artisanal and wholesome and the eye-catching and luxury.

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Paulig Kulma by Bond, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Interior, print and packaging designed by Bond for Helsinki-based coffee shop, roastery and barista institute Paulig Kumla

Paulig Kulma is distinctive space, located in the heart of Helsinki, developed by Paulig, the leading coffee brand in the Nordics. It combines a coffee shop, roastery and barista institute, and intends to appeal to a broad customer group, and accommodate a variety use cases throughout the day.

Paulig Kulma serves multiple functions. From the inviting and flexible space of the coffee shop, to the industry and craft of the roastery, and the creativity and process taught at the barista institute. Although these exist within separate areas, interior design and brand identity, created by Scandinavian design studio Bond, brings these together as a continuous, integrated and rich brand experience, in print across business cards, coffee packaging and labelling, as interior graphics, menu boards and lighting, and in the choice of furnishings, fixtures and fittings.

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