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Springs’ Smokery by Distil Studio, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Package design for premium smoked salmon producer Springs' Smokery by graphic design studio Distil

Springs’ Smokery has been producing high quality smoked salmon for three generations from its location in South Downs, UK, using Sussex oak and a traditional dry-salting process which has remained unchanged for 50 years. Springs’ recently worked with graphic design studio Distil to develop a new visual identity and package design. Distil’s treatment is an exercise in aesthetic impact derived from colour and form contrast, and a conceptual and communicative simplicity that makes a connection with the traditional craft and process of smoking salmon but also draws on the themes of heritage and the sea.

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Life or Death by DIA, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for PR and management business Life Or Death by DIA

Life or Death is a New York and LA based full-service public relations and management business with hip hop roots. It draws its name from the idea that, within the music industry, there is no middle ground, it is either life or death. This abstraction and dual notion manifests itself within the firm’s new brand identity system, designed by DIA, as a black and white colour palette and a contrast of dynamic script logo and a static sans-serif logotype across business cards, artist cards, brochure, tote bags and responsive website. DIA describe their intentions as wanting to create an artistic and fashionable identity that honours Life or Death’s hip hop origins, and marks the firm’s move into fashion, art, and writing.

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Biber Architects by Spin, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Biber Architects designed by Spin

Biber Architects is the New York based practice of teacher, author, architect and former Pentagram partner James Biber. Biber is made up of a tightly organized, highly experienced, and efficient team that have been producing design-led work—where others are process-focused or ideologically orientated—for more than 25 years.

The practice was conceived as a place to tackle architectural work from a fresh perspective, one that can respond to an industry that continues to experience significant change brought on by the personal computer, Internet ubiquity, rapid prototyping, instant and real-time communications, and the separation of design and production. Projects have included the Harley-Davidson Museum, the Fashion Center Needle and Button, and the Glass House Visitors Centre.

Biber’s visual identity, created by UK based graphic design studio Spin and which included logotype, business cards, stationery and website design, is described as having a playful structure and an economy of expression that make a connection with the philosophies of the practice.

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