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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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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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Solrug by Bielke & Yang, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Package design for Solrug by Bielke & Yang, Norway, featuring illustration by Rami Niemi, Finland

Solrug is a high-quality, ready-cut, Finnish sourdough rye bread created for the Norwegian market by Magnus Högnäs, a Finnish expat living in Norway, and in response to the county’s poor wholemeal choice. The bread is dense with a strong flavour, low in sugar and salt but high in fibre and protein, and produced by Finnish bakery Leipomo Rosten Oy using only natural ingredients. Solrug’s packaging, designed by Oslo based graphic design studio Bielke & Yang, draws on and plays up to the bread and brand’s Finnish origins, through a bright panel of Finnish stereotypes, drawn by Finnish illustrator Rami Niemi.

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