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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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Suomen Jäätelö by Werklig, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and package design by Helsinki-based Werklig for Finnish ice cream brand Suomen Jäätelö

Suomen Jäätelö is a super-premium ice cream brand currently available in five flavours and a sorbet. These include Milk, Pistachio, Vanilla and Chocolate made from Finncattle milk, a Rhubarb sorbet and Spruce created in collaboration with iconic furniture maker Artek. Although ice cream is internationally ubiquitous, Suomen Jäätelö is described as having a distinctively Finnish character. This is expressed throughout its brand identity, developed by Helsinki-based Werklig, in its balance of unique structure, use of space and pattern, modern logo, type contrast, and a still life approach to art direction.

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Run Mfg by Perky Bros, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo and business cards by Perky Bros for Chicago-based independent race design and production company Run Mfg

Run Mfg is an independent race design and production company, creating unique running events with a high-level of detail and creativity, founded by husband and wife team Nathan Barnhart and Elaine Lau working from their studio in Chicago. Nathan and Elaine commissioned graphic design studio Perky Bros to develop a brand identity that would link a variety of printed collateral, which included business cards and race plans, with digital experience. Brand identity is characterised by a series of paths, an electric blue and white colour palette, and a sense of motion.

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In Search Of The Present at EMMA by Werklig, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and book designed by Helsinki-based Werklig for EMMA exhibition series In Search Of The Present

In Search Of The Present is a new series of exhibitions on a 3–4 year cycle held at Helsinki’s Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA). These intend to tackle many of the existential questions that we face in an ever changing world. The first exhibition, inspired by Olavi Paavolainen’s essay collection from 1929, took place between October ’16 – January ’17 and was a study in the representations and expressions of human identity in the digitalized world.

Drawing on the themes of change and the passage of time, Finnish graphic design studio Werklig developed a brand identity connected by a sense of movement, implied in the cropping of text across posters, books, and supergraphics, physically in the motion of outdoor campaign posters, and digitally in the scrolling of social media content.

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