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Modern by Dwell Magazine by Collins, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and packaging by New York design studio Collins for product and furniture range Modern by Dwell Magazine, a collaboration with Target.

Modern by Dwell Magazine is a new range of home decor products, tablewear and furnishings for those who want to create a welcoming space with a modern aesthetic. It is a collaborative project between design and architecture magazine Dwell, designers Chris Deam and Nick Dine of Deam+Dine, and the American retailer Target.

The range features over 120 products. From chairs, tables and glassware to kitchen utensils, bowls and cocktail shakers. These all balance an everyday functionality with what is described as a high-quality material beauty and share a modernistic design foundation, good design for everyone, only truly made a reality with more recent improvements to mass manufacturing.

New York-based design company Collins, working with the Target Creative Team, drew on a similar modernistic approach taken by Modern’s designers to create brand identity and packaging. This can be seen in structure and high quality materials, and throughout the range’s graphic expression, a balance of high-impact colour, typographical detail and a practical grid-based layout.

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Freewheel by Collins, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo and brand identity by New York based graphic design studio Collins for Freewheel, a wi-fi only mobile phone service

Freewheel is a dedicated Wi-Fi only mobile phone service launched by American cable television company Cablevision. Freewheel allows people to break free from contracts by providing unrivalled communications accessibility without large and expensive data plans and hidden fees. This is made possible by a network of over a million Wi-Fi hotspots.

Freewheel’s egalitarian intention and connectivity is effectively expressed by its visual identity, created by New York based studio Collins, through a unifying flag-based graphic device, which then expands into a bold, dynamic and brightly coloured visual texture of lines and intersections and a similarly styled logotype. These go on to link print communication, packaging and website with a youthful and empowering quality.

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Room Essentials by Collins, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, photography and packaging by Collins for Target's modernistic home furnishings range Room Essentials

Room Essentials is a line of modernist home furnishings created and sold by American retailer Target. The range covers over 2,000 products across 60 categories, and includes items such as blankets, lighting, chairs, tables and tableware.

While securing significant revenue for the retailer, the range has, over the last five years, experienced a downturn in sales generated by its Millennial demographic. With this in mind, and with the intention of recapturing the enthusiasm for and interest in the range, Target commissioned New York based Collins to reimagine Room Essential’s brand identity.

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