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REF by Kurppa Hosk, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity designed by Scandinavian studio Kurppa Hosk for Swedish hair care brand REF

REF is an environmentally conscientious Swedish hair care brand with a range of products that are made from high quality organic ingredients. With a desire to enter the international market of the US and further into the Nordic regions, both dominated by well-established FMCG, Scandinavian design studio Kurppa Hosk were commissioned to rejuvenate REF’s visual identity. This included packaging design, art direction, stationery, business cards and web design. These are linked by what the studio describe as a system of simplistic graphic elements and a modest earthy colour palette.

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Frameline 41 by Mucho, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird & Seth Rowden

Visual identity, campaign and print by Mucho for San Francisco based LGBT film festival Frameline 41.

Frameline is an American nonprofit arts organisation and the world’s longest running LGBTQ film festival. Frameline continues its mission, since its founding in 1977, to change the world through the power of gay cinema, and to connect filmmakers with audiences locally and internationally. Graphic design studio Mucho worked with Frameline on its visual identity and campaigns for its 40th and 41st LGBTQ film festivals, delivering a system based around a framing device. This links membership cards, stationery and business cards, as well as campaign specific materials such as individual event invitations, posters and tote bags.

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O/O Long Boil Barley Wine by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging design and art direction by Swedish studio Lundgren+Lindqvist for O/O Brewing's Long Boil Barley Wine, a limited edition craft beer range

O/O Brewing is a craft brewery set up in 2011 by Olle Andersson & Olof Andersson. They presently operate out of the facilities of Stigbergets Bryggeri in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, but are due to open their own brewery in the Autumn of 2017, with the intention of increasing volume and gaining further control over quality.

O/O worked with Scandinavian studio Lundgren+Lindqvist, who have created packaging design for a variety of other O/O beers, to develop labelling for a new series of limited editions that will be sold once a year. The first of these will be Long Boil Barley Wine. Despite the name, Long Boil Barley Wine is a beer and, unlike O/O Brewing’s other products, will be aged, allowing it to develop a new complexity in a similar way to wine.

Rather than collaborating with artists and designers, an approach that characterised much of the labelling of O/O’s previous ranges, and with a desire to express something of the higher price point and ageing of the beer by making a connection with Champagne and wine, Lundgren+Lindqvist developed a typographical system of condensed characters for impact, provides room for date, sets these within a grid, and compliments this with playful but communicative art direction of product photography.

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