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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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Superfly by B&B Studio, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Illustrative packaging by B&B Studio for Firefly and Mr Lyan non-alcoholic cocktail collaboration Superfly

Superfly is a new limited edition non-alcoholic cocktail, and collaboration between celebrated mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka Mr Lyan, and naturally revitalising UK juice drink brand Firefly. The cocktail blends redcurrents, aronia berries and grapefruit with botanicals that include green coffee, angelica, wormwood, kola nut and cascara. It features a unique packaging design by London-based B&B Studio that wraps Firefly’s distinctive structural design with bespoke botanical illustration. Superfly will be rolled out in April, initially as a Selfridges exclusive and through Mr Lyan cocktail bars, followed by a wider UK release in May.

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Well Coffee by Bond, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and coffee cups by Bond for Helsinki-based vegetarian café Well Coffee

Well Coffee is a new vegetarian café in the centre of of the Finnish capital of Helsinki. It has a distinctive interior of steel frames and wood surfaces, exposed concrete walls, drilled and CNC cut panels of circles, large menu board, marine lamps and potted plants. These blend the current and utilitarian with the more welcoming. Scandinavian graphic design studio Bond worked with the café on brand identity. This included illustration and custom typography, implemented as signage, across packaging and throughout website. These are linked by wave-like elements, inspired by the symbol associated with cafe’s location in Kaivopiha, and recurring circular detail that makes a connection with interior design.

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