Opinion by Richard Baird.
Eden Project is visitor attraction set within in a former mineral pit in the county of Cornwall, England. It houses a diverse collection of plant and flower species collected from around the world, cared for under two large geodesic biodomes that maintain artificial Mediterranean and tropical climates. The bigger of the two domes is home to the largest indoor rainforest in the world. Eden Project hosts a variety of seasonal events throughout the year and is involved in the development of community programmes.
Design studio Believe In worked with the attraction to create the brand identity for Big Lunch Extras, a series of events designed to help individuals across the UK create positive change within their communities, and builds on The Big Lunch, a 3 year Lottery Fund and Halifax supported initiative that looks to bring people and their neighbours together in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.
Working with illustrator Parko Polo, Believe In’s solution connects to the idea of places and conversations through a rich and convivial illustrative approach, one that also subtly references the Eden Project’s famous structures, and extends across print communication, promotional merchandise, wayfinding, display materials and online experience.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
The Coalition for Engaged Education, formerly New Visions Foundation, is an LA based organisation, led by Dr Paul Cummins, that helps vulnerable children and young adults to realise their potential through an approach to education that respects and inspires them. CEE recently worked with design studio Blok to develop a new visual identity that would mark the organisation’s new national ambitions.
The result, a logo that is both wordmark and icon, stationery and posters bound by a broad colour palette and uncoated papers, is described by Blok as reflecting CEE’s process of transforming and uplifting, and emphasises the system of support it provides its students. Emotive language complements this approach by turning CEE into a verb, with the intention of giving voice to its beliefs and to the students’ own hopes and dreams.
Kid O is a modern American toy company that creates products that engage and stimulate children through a rich variety of shapes, colours, and sizes. Designed by Studio Lin, Kid O’s new packaging treatment — which included over 50 boxes — takes the vivid colours of the industry, reduces these down to four, contains them within geometric boundaries and pairs them with a generous use of white and panels of brown, in a way that draws distinction from convention. Alongside good consistent product photography, the bold fill and light line weight of the illustrations, playful yet restrained logotype, a single consistent typographical approach and simple structural choices the solution delivers a brightness and a contemporary moderation that draws out the products, their age group and quality, and resonates with their elemental forms and colours.