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Organic Fertilizer of Awaji Island by UMA, Japan

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging for 島の土 / Organic Fertilizer of Awaji Island designed by UMA

島の土 / Island of Soil is an organic fertiliser created to help develop good quality soil and draw out and compliment the natural power of the land. The range is made using livestock feces and processed vegetable scraps from animals raised and produce grown on the Japanese island of Awaji. It comes in two varieties, a poultry manure and sawdust mix, and a rapeseed oil cake and powder mix, both packed in two sizes, a large 15kg bag and smaller 500g bag. These will be sold through large agricultural retailers as well as small gardening shops.

Island of Soil’s packaging was recently developed by Osaka based design studio UMA. It features an unbleached card interior and a bleached and printed paper exterior, closed with a copper split pin and featuring a bold typographic and iconographic approach to communication.

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David Ryle by S-T, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Copper block foiled portfolio for London based photographer David Ryle designed by S-T

David Ryle is an internationally recognised and award-winning photographer with a studio in London. He has a portfolio of work that includes shots for The Sunday Times Magazine, JWT and Saatchi & Saatchi, and is represented across Europe and America by management agency The Peter Bailey Company.

Drawing on his attention to detail and relentless pursuit of quality, design studio S-T developed a brand identity treatment for David Ryle that favours plenty of space, a consistent typographical approach and a distinctive manila and copper foil combination across portfolio, envelopes and business cards.

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Kate Wallich by Shore, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Custom Franklin Gothic logotype and business card for director and choreographer Kate Wallich designed by Shore

Kate Wallich is an American award-winning choreographer, dancer and director whose work has been commissioned and presented nationally and internationally by arts organisations such as On The Boards, The Frye Art Museum and Northwest Dance Project, amongst many others. Alongside Lavinia Vago, Kate Wallich is also founder of Seattle based contemporary dance company The YC, and teaches her own brand of movement classes from her studio in Seattle, Washington.

Kate’s personal brand identity, developed by graphic design studio Shore, and which included business cards and website, utilises bold custom typography as a way to explore the physicality of dance, establish a personal and distinctive tone of voice, and capture some of the unique aesthetic qualities that permeate all of Kate’s activities and ventures.

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