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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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Swedish For­est Indus­tries Fed­er­a­tion by BVD, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and blind emboss brochure for Skogsindustrierna, the Swedish For­est Indus­tries Fed­er­a­tion, by BVD

With the intention of better communicating the end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties of the for­est, the concept of Bioeconomy and a commitment to a sustainable future, Skogsindustrierna, the representative of the Swedish pulp, paper and woodworking industries, worked with Scandinavian design studio BVD to help move them away from a com­pli­cated tonal­ity and give their com­mu­ni­ca­tion a clarity, focus and accessibility.

With this in mind, the studio created an identity and communication platform that pre­sents the for­est in a fresh and unconventional way. This included a new and concise approach to tone of voice, expressed through a consistent use of Futura and clear speaking and compelling videography, image contrast, a light and contemporary colour palette, the utility and technological undertone of monolinear icons, and the innovative and sustainable qualities of Fibre­Form in print.

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Aspira Urval designed by BVD

Logotype and coloured board business cards designed by BVD for banking, finance and insurance recruitment specialist Aspira Urval

Aspira Urval is a banking, finance and insurance recruitment specialist with offices in the Swedish city of Stockholm. Its new brand identity, designed by BVD, draws its inspiration from the name and the themes of ‘elevated ambitions’ and ‘reaching new heights’. These are visualised as a generously spaced, uppercase, sans-serif logotype with an adaptive ascender that changes depending on its context. It is a simple abstract nod to growth that draws a proprietary quality from a fairly neutral set of characters and extends across print and digital experience. A single font choice, a variety of good quality, dyed and uncoated boards, a black block foil and blind deboss print finish, each chosen to reflect care and quality of service, introduce a tactile, visual and communicative breadth to the logotype and balance a corporate familiarity and consistency with a sense of individuality.

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