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Garden 13, Graanmarkt 13 by Base

Opinion by Seth Rowden

Graphic identity, packaging and copywriting by Base for Garden 13, Graanmarkt 13

Graanmarkt 13 is a restaurant, high-end concept store and apartment in Antwerp. It is described by Base, the studio behind its graphic identity, as a special house, a crossover place full of surprises. This was articulated through a story that positioned Graanmarkt 13 as a haven for people in search of objects and experiences with soul and meaning.

Garden 13 is a series of plant-based products and an online shop inspired by Graanmarkt 13’s rooftop garden philosophy. These products intend to develop the brand outside of its physical location, to reach an international audience.

In their packaging design for this new range, which builds on their initial identity work for Graanmarkt 13 Base tease the reader’s curiosity. They translate the feeling and sensory experience of using each botanical product into microcopy expressed as a single sentence over a variety of surfaces.

A pared-back but well-intentioned material language, a robustness that implies value, and a structural design that sees the cylindrical and simple link a breadth of products, serve as useful surfaces for emotive communication. This materiality is thoughtful and beautifully constructed, yet it is the words that are the real highlight. Copywriter Seth Rowden offers his opinion.

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Riso D’uomo by Here Design, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

Branding and packaging by London-based Here Design for Milanese artisan rice brand Riso D'uomo

Riso D’uomo is a Milanese Carnaroli rice brand, cultivated from the same stock over hundreds of years, and grown within sight of the historic Duomo di Milano. Carnaroli is often referred to as ‘the king of rice’, and is known for its high-quality nutritional properties, cooking consistency and a ‘bite’ that makes it ideal for risotto.

Taking inspiration from Riso D’uomo’s provenance, specifically the ornate marble floor tiles of Duomo di Milano, Here Design developed a graphic identity for the brand that draws a striking aesthetic response from a combination of type, colour and illustration. This serves to differentiate, whilst also touching upon origin and the historical continuity of the stock.

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Zebra Dream by TCYK, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird

New logo, graphic identity and packaging by Australia design studio The Company You Keep for coconut ice-cream Zebra Dream

Zebra Dream is a range of organic, soy and dairy-free coconut based ice-creams made from fair-trade ingredients. With a desire to capture a larger portion of the market whilst retaining its die-hard following, Australian design studio The Company You Keep (TCYK) reimagined the brand from the ground up, redesigning Zebra Dream’s graphic identity and packaging, taking it from a dark pack with a conventional and expected zebra pattern, to a light and airy treatment with an individual character and a surprising material flourish.

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