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Corps Reviver & L’Heure du Cocktail by Spin, UK

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity for publisher Corps Reviver by Spin, United Kingdom

Corps Reviver is a French publisher and revivalist, redesigning and reprinting classic literary works, the first of which is L’Heure du Cocktail, The Cocktail Hour, written by journalists Marcel Requien and Lucien Farnoux-Reynaud and originally published in 1927. L’Heure du Cocktail, at the time, revolutionised the cocktail book, approaching the subject in a new way. This 2017 bilingual edition, presented in French and English, designed by Spin and illustrated by Spin’s Tony Brook, also offers a new take, pairing expressionist image with a more formal and modernist approach to layout and type. The release of L’Heure du Cocktail coincides with the launch of Corps Reviver’s own identity, also designed by Spin. This similarly explores something of the modernist, in the choice of type and use of form and pattern which appears to be rooted in the military associations of name.

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Tokyo Bousai by Nosigner, Japan

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Graphic design by Japanese studio Nosigner for Tokyo Bosai, a disaster preparedness pack

Tokyo Bousai is a disaster preparedness pack compiled by The Tokyo Metropolitan Government that outlines the steps to take in preparation for and in response to an earthquake or other major disaster in Tokyo and the surrounding area. The pack was sent out to over 7.5 million households and was designed by Nosigner working in collaboration with Dentsu Inc. It features maps, stickers and leaflet, and a manual that mixes impactful colour and type with detailed illustration, manga, rhino character and flipbook animation.

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Eero Aarnio by Bond, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Eero Aarnio Originals logo designed by Bond, Finland

Eero Aarnio is a Finnish designer and one of the great innovators of modern furniture design. He is perhaps best know for his Ball, Bubble and Puppy toy, and his pioneering use of plastics and fibreglass during the 60’s. 2016 saw the release of a book that celebrates much of Eero Aarnio’s work, selected from a portfolio that spans several decades, and also includes insight into his life. Scandinavian graphic design studio Bond were responsible for design, and delivered a bright, playful, typographical expression that shares a lot in common with the life and work of Eero Aarnio. Bond followed this up later in 2016 with a new logo for Eero Aarnio Originals, the manufacturer of Aarnio’s original designs.

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