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Ki Sunscreen by Akin, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird

Packaging design by Aukland-based studio Akin for New Zealand sunscreen brand Ki

Ki Sunscreen was developed by national skincare clinic Caci to protect against the harsh New Zealand sun, and the skin damage and premature ageing that UVA and UVB rays can cause. It is made from the latest generation of ingredients proven to protect, and those that help to control oils and maintain a matt finish. This balance between clinically proven effectiveness and cosmetic mindfulness is expressed by its brand identity and packaging design, developed by Auckland studio Akin, in the meeting of bold black logotype, and the material interaction between uncoated paper and print finish.

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January Moon by Perky Bros, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird

Branding and packaging for teething jewellery brand January Moon by Perky Bros

January Moon is a range of contemporary teething jewellery from American artist and designer Jenny Luckett, created in response to the birth of her son and in the discovery she could no longer wear her favourite pieces. The range intends to satisfy the stylistic sensitivities of modern mothers while also aiding their child’s development. The range is characterised by a variety of large soft forms of both natural material detail and bold contrasting colour. Drawing on these qualities and inspired by the phases of the moon and Matisse, graphic design studio Perky Bros created a visual identity for January Moon rich in pattern, colour and hand cut shapes. This finds a balance between modern art and craft, and what the studio describe as a child-like wonder, and links a variety of assets that included tags, packaging, stationery and business cards.

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Carlsberg Black Gold by Kontrapunkt, Denmark

Opinion by Richard Baird

New minimal packaging design by Danish studio Kontrapunkt for Carlsberg's Black Gold

Carlsberg is a Danish beer brand founded in 1847 by J.C. Jacobsen. It is part of the Carlsberg Group portfolio which also includes Tuborg, Kronenbourg and Somersby cider, as well as Carlsberg Export and Carlsberg Black Gold. Carlsberg has a significant heritage. And, like many other beer brands, has largely conveyed this using the visual language and associated legacy of the beer bottle label, which then made it on to cans.

Carlsberg has begun a steady move towards a more current visual expression. This is characterised by a concise communicative intention and a stylistic minimalism. This can be seen, initially, in the packaging design of the Carlsberg can for the German market, created by Copenhagen-based studio Kontrapunkt, and in the redesign of Carlsberg Black Gold, also by Kontrapunkt. Black Gold is a dark pilsner, brewed in the same manner as Carlsberg’s premium variety, only for longer, giving it a richer flavour profile and higher alcohol content. This difference is conveyed immediately using a black and gold print finish.

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