Fort Point Beer Co. by Manual, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Package design for Fort Point Beer Company by San Francisco based graphic design studio Manual

Fort Point is a San Francisco based small batch craft beer company that references traditional styles, yet is firmly rooted in the present, and has a philosophy that values craftsmanship and innovation, creativity and technique. Last year, working with local graphic design studio Manual, Fort Point launched a new brand identity and packaging system.

Fort Point’s forward-thinking, fast-growing and innovative nature, but also its acknowledgement of traditional processes, recipes and craft, as well as its location—not far from Fort Point National Historic Site and overlooked by the Golden Gate bridge—plays out across its packaging. This is characterised by the current favour for monolinear and geometric illustration, a flexible and expanding modular structure, engraved type and an unusual mix of girders and landscapes.

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Soma designed by Manual

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and packaging design by Manual for water filtration brand Soma

Soma is a water filtration brand that is described by Manual, the design studio behind its brand identity and packaging treatment, as bringing together sophisticated design, sustainability and charity. These values are evident within Soma’s first product, a glass water carafe that uses a 100% compostable filter, its packaging, and the commitment to charity donations that comes with each sale.

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Merchants of Beverage designed by Manual

Opinion by Robert Holmkvist.

Copper foil business cards by Manual for online wine and spirits gift service Merchants Of Beverage

Merchants of Beverage is an online service that aims to make buying and gifting luxury items easy. Products include wines, spirits and Champagne’s, as well as hand-blown crystal stemware and professional barware. Each item has been handpicked and curated by a team of experts and sourced from a variety of international artisans. The service’s new brand identity, which included monogram, logotype, stationery and packaging design, art direction and e-commerce website, and features photography from Doron Gild and illustration by Sharon Hwang, was managed by San Francisco based Manual.

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