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Gustav Almestål by Bedow, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird

Brand identity and business card designed by Bedow for Swedish still life and food photographer Gustav Almestål

Gustav Almestål is a Swedish still life photographer who has built an extensive, high-profile and international client list that includes the likes of Electrolux, Wall Street Journal and Hermes. He now works from Stockholm, following several years in London, on projects that range from advertising and editorial to food and interiors.

The design of Gustav Almestål’s visual identity, which rested in the hands of Scandinavian design studio Bedow, touches upon his personal and innovative approach, use of light and shadow, and his frequent reference to enduring still life themes and historical art. These are expressed through a distinctive and individual monogram, its sculptural and dimensional qualities, an unusual multi-coloured foil, the chiseled serifs of Portrait and the broad monospacing of sans-serif Heimat Mono.

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Roger Burkhard by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and die cut promotional card by Lundgren+Lindqvist for Swiss web dev and interactive studio Roger Burkhard.

Roger Burkhard is a creative web development and interactive studio based in Bern, Switzerland, with a roster of clients throughout the creative industries. The studio worked with Scandinavian designers Lundgren+​Lindqvist on the development of a new brand identity. This included monogram, brand guidelines and website, as well as a stationery set that covered business card and promotional cards, letterhead, invoice and invoice reminder.

Lundgren+​Lindqvist, with the intention of avoiding industry convention, brings a thorough material and crafted quality to a service that often favours digital communication, yet layers this with more familiar web-based expressions. These draw on and work together themes such as problem solving, responsive design and creative thinking, conveyed through puzzle pieces, a modular system with a baseline grid and flexible header, and adds a moment of play in the choice of a bright spot colour.

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Collected Coffee by Fivethousand Fingers, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo and branded tote bag for New York coffee subscription service Collected Coffee by Fivethousand Fingers

Collected Coffee is a New York-based coffee subscription service committed to sourcing the world’s best coffee beans, prepared by speciality roasters. The service worked with Canadian design studio Fivethousand Fingers to develop a brand identity, which included logo, packaging, tote bag and web design, that would be perceived as intelligent, cultured and curious to a sophisticated coffee enthusiast. This was achieved through a contemporary gallery-like aesthetic of plenty of white space, still life photography and clear product insight, consistently expressed using Calluna, that builds on the curatorial nature of name and service.

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