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Boreal Network, Itasca Road Trip by Bedow, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Illustrated record sleeve for Boreal Network's album rerelease Itasca Road Trip, designed by Bedow, Sweden

Nicole Johnson is a Seattle-based Minnesotan creating what Miles Bowe of Fact Magazine describes as “sun-drenched, foggily nostalgic electronica” under the name Boreal Network. Itasca Road Trip is a limited edition vinyl rerelease and trimmed down version of an earlier album by Boreal Network, distributed by More Than Human Records and featuring artwork by Swedish graphic design studio Bedow. Where the album takes an aural tour through the Itasca national park from Nicole’s home in Minnesota, the artwork visualises this through monolinear illustration with plenty of detail and a subtle storytelling component. You can listen to the album here.

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Hubbards Creamy Porridge by Coats, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird.

New packaging for Hubbards Porridge designed by Coats, New Zealand

Auckland-based studio Coats continue to collaborate with health food company Hubbards, following up their work on Toppers with packaging for their new Creamy Porridge range. Coats was tasked with conveying the range’s modern flavour combinations, avoiding the rustic and traditional messages often favoured by the category, and working within a brand language that is quirky, engaging, honest and down-to-earth. Much like their work on Toppers, Coats does this through bold custom lettering, a bright but natural colour palette, and convivial tone of voice.

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Mercht by Robot Food, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and badges for UK based custom merchandise business Mercht by Robot Food

Mercht is a UK based custom merchandise business, created by the team at Awesome Merchandise, that offers its customers a risk-free way to design, sell and ship customised t-shirts and wearable accessories, through an online showcase and print on demand service. It is a platform where, if designs sell well, both parties profit, with neither loosing if they do not.

Leeds based graphic design studio Robot Food, the studio behind Awesome Merchandise’s brand identity, developed an identity for Mercht that captures the creative, custom and accessible spirit of the service through a playful and convivial mix of bright colour, hand drawn lettering and pattern, which links a variety of collateral. This included badges, stickers, notebooks and packaging, postcards and branded t-shirts.

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Hubbards Toppers by Coats, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird.

New packaging for Hubbards Toppers by Coats Design, New Zealand

New Zealand health food business Hubbards have launched Toppers, a family of 4 mixes to add to muesli and yoghurt, aimed at the growing market of  ‘tinkerers’, a consumer group that want to customise their breakfast and snacking experience. Hubbards worked with Auckland based graphic design studio Coats to convey the promise of each mix in a compelling manner and in a way that would comfortably sit within a brand language described as quirky, engaging, honest and down-to-earth. This is achieved through bold custom lettering, illustrative detail, bright colours, visual and material texture.

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