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Electric Ink by Robot Food, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and packaging for tattoo care range Electric Ink by Leeds-based design studio Robot Food.

With the rise in the popularity of tattoos and the lack of credible long-term care products, Leeds-based design studio Robot Food formulated, branded and packaged Electric Ink, a tattoo care range for the mainstream market. The range includes a serum that enhances colour, an oil that delivers a freshly-inked look, and a daily moisturiser. Each feature distinctive packaging that draws on and honours the counter-cultural tradition of tattooing and acknowledges its move into the mainstream. Electric Ink will launch mid-March and be available throughout the United Kingdom from Superdrug, selected tattoo and barber shops, as well as fashion retailers.

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Helbers by Only, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype and black block foiled tags by Leeds-based graphic design studio Only for Parisian menswear label Helbers

Helbers is a Parisian menswear label created by Paul Helbers, the former Head of Menswear at Maison Margiela and ex-Menswear Director at Louis Vuitton. The label has a carefully curated lookbook of garments and footwear with an unpolished elegance, and feature a subtle contrast of materials. Helbers has secured early acclaim for his AW16 collection, and is due to appear in stores around the world in the coming weeks.

Paul worked with Leeds-based graphic design studio Only to create a brand identity that would clearly express the meeting of what the studio describe as the contemporary and the antiquarian, craftsmanship and utility. This is visually articulated in the simplicity and materiality of identity, type contrast and a limited colour palette that runs across a variety of assets. These included tags, labels, stationery, business cards, hangers, packaging, lookbook and responsive website.

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Richard Moran by Journal, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and portfolio for UK photographer Richard Moran by Leeds based graphic design studio Journal

Richard Moran is a lifestyle and portrait photographer with over 25 years of experience. He has worked with international businesses such as GSK, Pizza Express and Grey Goose Vodka, and secured a reputation as a passionate, straight-talking professional with a meticulous attention to detail and a portfolio of high-quality and emotive work. With a desire to communicate this and with the intention of building on his success, Richard worked with Leeds based graphic design studio Journal to develop a new brand identity. This included portfolio, business cards and stationery, linked by a white and purple colour palette, plenty of material texture, custom logotype and high-quality print finish. Journal also designed and built a responsive website that gives Richard’s time-sensitive clients multiple ways to view his work.

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Vocation Brewery Limited Edition by Robot Food, UK

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Package design for Vocation Brewery's Limited Edition Christmas Stout by graphic design studio Robot Food, United Kingdom

Vocation is a UK microbrewery, established and run by John Hickling, with a range of craft beers described as having distinctive and punchy flavour profiles. Communicating the brewery’s unique personality and the crafted quality of its range rested in the hands of UK based graphic design studio Robot Food.

Drawing on the beer’s tropical, fruity, floral and hoppy characteristics, the brewery’s fearless, daring and renegade attitude, and the art of beer craft, the studio created a brand identity and label design that juxtaposes bold and robust typography alongside fine, fluid and hand drawn illustration.

To celebrate the holiday season, Robot Food and Vocation Brewery continue to collaborate, this time with a festive release in the run up to Christmas. Naughty & Nice is a single batch chocolate stout, dreamt up by the studio, created by the brewers at Vocation, and limited to 1323 bottles. It draws on the naming conventions, aesthetic qualities and design process of Vocation’s core range, and the shared challenger attitude that unites studio and brewer, but with a couple of seasonal twists.

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