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Tangent GC Soap by Carl Nas Associates, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging by London-based Carl Nas Associates for Tangent GC's latest range of organic soaps

Tangent GC is a Scandinavian organic garment and shoe care company developing products that intend to ensure longevity. The company’s brand identity, a simple utilitarian typographical expression, designed by Essen International, delivered a sense of information clarity through the rejection of superfluous visual language or superficial graphic detail, and divided content only by the typesetting of Akkurat Mono.

Venturing into organic personal skincare, Tangent GC worked with London-based Carl Nas Associates to build on the visual language laid down by Essen International, with a similar approach to packaging, whilst introducing a beta version of Akkurat Mono Bold and a launch campaign of dynamic image that makes a connection with the brand’s beginnings, visualising fragrance as swirling fabric.

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L’Observatoire International by Triboro, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and business card for L'Observatoire International by New York based design studio Triboro

L’Observatoire International is a American lighting design studio co-founded in 1993 by Hervé Descottes. The studio is made up of architects, interior designers, engineers, artists and lighting designers working on a variety of projects, illuminating and accentuating both modern and classical architecture and spaces. These include retail premises and museums, airports, landscapes and concert halls. L’Observatoire International worked with New York-based design studio Triboro to develop a new visual identity. This runs across printed assets that included business cards and a new website.

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John Lewis Childrenswear by Charlie Smith Design, UK

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and tags for John Lewis Childrenswear Department by Charlie Smith Design, London, UK

London-based studio Charlie Smith Design worked with British department store John Lewis to develop the visual identity system and packaging for their childrenswear department. The system needed to appeal to girls and boys aged from 2 to 14 (and presumably their parents), and connect a broad range of accessories and garments that included denim, swimwear, shoes and underwear.

The result is as a contemporary and playful typographic treatment that uses structure to call out gender, colour to identify different sizes, and materiality to deliver both contrast and continuity between identity and products.

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Barro de Cobre by Savvy, Mexico

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and packaging by Mexican design studio Savvy for twice distilled mezcal Barro de Cobre

Barro de Cobre is a mezcal from Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, distilled twice; once using a clay pot and the second in copper. It is a unique process that takes time, but produces a strong yet smooth, clear but earthy character. The name Barro de Cobre, Copper Clay roughly translated, is an expression of this process, which also goes on to inform brand identity and packaging, created by graphic design studio Savvy.

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