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The Counter Press

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Letterpress business card design with fluorescent edge painted detail for The Counter Press

The Counter Press is a letterpress studio and workshop located in an old chocolate factory in the East End of London. They work exclusively with hand set wood and hot metal type on antique presses to create contemporary typographic design, artwork and limited edition prints. While taking on small outside projects, founders David Marshall and Elizabeth Ellis are keen to stress they are not a commercial printer but full-time designers with a passion for traditional moveable type, and the craft and beauty of letterpress.

After three years of business The Counter Press recently found the time to build on their visual identity with a new set of business cards. While a limited canvas, these manage to bring together and convey some of the studio’s typographic and print expertise, and draw contemporary design sensibilities from traditional processes.

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Attention: Craft designed by Snask

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Print for Swedish craft exhibition Attention: Craft by Snask

Attention: Craft was an exhibition of innovative and experimental art created by eleven leading Swedish and Norwegian artists, and part of an annual programme run by and held at Stockholm’s Liljevalchs, the first independent public museum for contemporary art in Sweden. The exhibition took place between June and September this year and featured artists such as Karin Bengtson, Linus Ersson and Hanne Friis. The exhibition’s visual identity, which included a copper, stone, wood and ceramic logotype, large format posters and guide, were designed by Snask.

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Aspall designed by NB Studio

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo and logotype design by NB Studio for British cyder maker Aspall

Aspall is a British family run cyder maker with a significant history, now into its eight generation and third century. In response to increased competition from both the Cyder and Vinegar categories, Aspall recently worked with NB Studio to help reinvigorate and re-craft its brand identity. This included new logo and packaging treatments for retail and trade as well as website, point of sale and livery design. Drawing on Aspall’s rich history and archive of documents, records, old marks, motifs and photographs, NB Studio looked to connect the new design to the past and capture the unique quirks and eccentricities of the business, and the family members that have had a hand in running it.

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PangPang Summer Beer designed by Snask

Opinion by Robert Holmkvist.

Packaging with custom lettering designed by Swedish design company Snask for microbrewery PangPang's 2014 summer beers

PangPang is a Stockholm based microbrewery that was established by oddball Fredrik Tunedal in 2011. Fredrik, only 23 at the time, tattooed PangPang across his knuckles to celebrate the founding of what he believes to be Sweden’s first microbrewery. These knuckles now form the basis of the brewery’s logotype.

Swedish design studio Snask were commissioned to develop a strategy for PangPang’s 2014 summer series of hand brewed beers that would help them to compete within a growing craft beer sector and with the increasing number of microbreweries. This would be achieved by creating a playful visual identity and packaging solution that would stand out on shelves stacked with beer labels that often lacked individual character. The design and naming was built around the theme of tiki — a choice that felt suitable for summer beers and would create an ideal opportunity for interesting, distinctive and cheeky names. These included Cocojambo, Playa del Drevviken, Waikiki, Libertango and Tiki Tango.

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