Opinion by Richard Baird.
The exhibition ‘Carlos Garaicoa, The Politics and Poetics of Space’ brought to light and incorporates several different stories. It explored the city as a place people live and reside. It talked of the buildings that were founded on power and political ideologies. And of the ruins of those that enjoyed a former greatness or were too troubled to ever see completion. The exhibition featured a variety of art forms and techniques. These were unified by the theme of architectural perspective, which was then explored throughout graphic identity, designed by Work In Progress, using constructed points of view.
Opinion by Seth Rowden
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. 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 on the front of packaging. This is implemented as a paired-back but well-intentioned graphic and material language, a robustness that implies value, and a structural design that sees the cylindrical and minimal link a breadth of products. It is, however, words that are the real highlight. Copywriter Seth Rowden offers his opinion.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Piccolo is an Italian seed brand with a particular favour for those that are ideal for urban growers, people with small balcony gardens or working with limited space. It is a brand with character, with product naming that includes Slim Jim Aubergine and Spacemaster Cucumber expressing the space-smart dwarf varieties of the range.
Piccolo worked with UK-based studio Here Design to develop a new graphic identity that would establish a distinct and cohesive visual language across their packaging. With a miniature storybook-like quality and an illustrative approach that plays with both the bold and the granular, these tell the story of Piccolo, bring to light the rewarding experience of growing and intend to engage with the many urban gardeners of the world.