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The International by Studio South, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, brochures, stationery and invitations by Studio South for Auckland apartment complex The International

The International is a new apartment complex, located not far from Auckland’s Albert Park, with 88 luxury residencies. The building, a repurposed former office, is currently being transformed into an iconic structure with a contemporary exoskeleton of elongated beams. To promote the building and help sell apartments off-plan, the graphic designers at Studio South worked with the developer behind The International to create a holistic brand identity and marketing package.

Alongside a variety of printed assets, which included brochures, stationery, business cards, event invitations and floorplans, Studio South were also involved in the spatial design of an apartment showroom, informed by the earthy tones of Rufus Knight’s interior design and taking their cues from luxury brands. This post features some extensive specification insight so be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the article.

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Sommos by Mucho

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, stationery, print and packaging by Mucho for Dutch online wine subscription service Sommos

Summos is an online platform that gathers together and shares the knowledge of the six best sommeliers of the Netherlands and offers a seasonal subscription service that sends out a selection of some of the country’s best wines once every two months. Sommos worked with graphic design studio Mucho to develop name, brand identity and packaging.

Based around the concept of group and innovation, and clearly informed by the curated nature of Sommos’ content, service and sommeliers, Mucho delivered a name and logotype with a simple corkscrew at its centre, a light and contemporary colour palette and the crafted and personable qualities of brush stroke patterns. This links subscription boxes, business cards, stationery, tags and tissue paper. This project was completed in 2015 but was documented and uploaded to Mucho’s site recently.

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The True Honey Co. by Marx Design, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and packaging by Marx Design for The True Honey Company, a New Zealand-based business specialising in mānuka honey

The True Honey Company (TTHC) dedicates itself to the production of mānuka honey, a monofloral variety produced in Australia and New Zealand from the nectar of the mānuka tree. It has a unique colour and texture, and a high level of Dietary Methyglyoxal, an organic compound with antibacterial and antiviral properties.

With a price range starting at 60.00AUD and rising to 230.00AUD per jar, and working in a market flooded with sub-standard honey and dishonest marketing, communicating the value of product and the commitment of TTHC to quality and ethical production through an impactful and engaging brand identity and packaging design was paramount. This task was given to Auckland-based graphic design studio and packaging specialists Marx Design who collaborated with Think Packaging and writer Kate Phillips.

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