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Helio by Bedow, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity and print by Bedow for Stockholm-based co-working space Helio

Helio is a flexible co-working space and meeting venue with 8 different locations in and around the Swedish capital of Stockholm. It is made up of spaces with large desks for groups, small quiet areas for individuals, private meeting rooms and places to mix. These share an interior design language of modern utility and high quality handcrafted surfaces, upholstery and finishes. Helio membership is diverse, with people from many different industries and backgrounds.

Based around the concept of the creative spark, “ignited when people from different fields work together”, Scandinavian design studio Bedow developed an energetic and playful visual identity that finds a commonality of form with interior, but introduces, in a considered and moderated way, a cheerful personality through bright colour, illustration and pattern. This links menus, posters, notebooks, stationery and business cards.

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Talor&Jørgen Coffee by Bielke & Yang, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging design by Olso-based Bielke & Yang for Norwegian coffee roastery and subscription service Talor & Jørgen

Talor&Jørgen is a Norwegian speciality coffee roastery and coffee subscription service that delivers small boxes of freshly roasted beans, sourced from across the globe, to subscribers based on their drinking habits rather than to a schedule. Product naming focuses on bringing to the forefront flavour notes rather than bean provenance, variety and preparation (although this is online and on pack) with the intention of making speciality coffee more accessible.

The range changes seasonally. This began with Apricot & Black Tea, Blackcurrant & Sugar Snap Pea and Elderflower & Butter, and continues this season with Lavender & Red Currant sourced from a cooperative in Kapsokisio, Kenya.

Talor&Jørgen’s packaging, created by Oslo-based graphic design studio Bielke & Yang, expresses the accessible positioning of brand and the freshness of its coffee in the distinctive pairing of small robust structural choice that holds 250g and the tone and content of illustration drawn by Janne Iivonen.

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Sant Jordi Festival 2017 by Requena & Capdevila, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and flyers designed by Requena featuring illustration by Olga Capdevila for Sant Jordi Festival 2017

Sant Jordi Festival is an annual celebration that combines culture and romance, and takes place in the city of Barcelona on April 23rd. The festival honours Sant Jordi, the patron saint of lovers in Catalonia, is rooted in the legend of Sant Jordi and the dragon, and in the tradition of visiting the Chapel of Sant Jordi at Government Palace where a rose fair used to take place. In celebration, couples, friends and family exchange gifts of books and roses, bought at flower and book stalls set up along the streets of the city.

The historical legacy and legend of Sant Jordi, as well as the traditions that sprung up around these, are brought to life by Spanish design studio Requena, with the help of Olga Capdevila, in a series of illustrations. These capture the roses and books, history and celebratory air of the event, and are used as a strong focal point throughout the festival’s visual identity. This links large format posters and banners, flyers, flags and bookmarks.

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