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A. Andreassen by Bond, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and package design by the London office of Bond for new Scandinavian lifestyle brand A. Andreassen

A. Andreassen is a new Scandinavian lifestyle brand that brings the high quality and longevity expected of handmade shoes and the values and ideals associated with Scandinavian design to slippers. These are characterised by their simplicity, practicality and elegance, and their balance of traditional craft and contemporary design.

A. Andreassen recently worked with the London office of graphic design studio Bond to develop a brand identity and packaging treatment rooted in its Nordic approach and Scandinavian heritage, and would communicate quality and a natural sensibility. The project also included triplex business cards, tissue paper, boxes, brochure and web design.

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Black Estate — Circuit by Toko, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Package design for Black Estate's wine range Circuit designed by graphic design studio Toko

Circuit is a 2014 Pinot Noir and 2015 Pinot Gris range from New Zealand’s Black Estate, a Vineyard run by The Naish Family and located across three hillsides in the Waipara Valley, an area of North Canterbury with clay and clay-limestone soil. Black Estate worked with Australian graphic design studio Toko on the branding and packaging of these two new wine varieties which extended across labels and boxes.

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Fort Point Beer Co. by Manual, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Package design for Fort Point Beer Company by San Francisco based graphic design studio Manual

Fort Point is a San Francisco based small batch craft beer company that references traditional styles, yet is firmly rooted in the present, and has a philosophy that values craftsmanship and innovation, creativity and technique. Last year, working with local graphic design studio Manual, Fort Point launched a new brand identity and packaging system.

Fort Point’s forward-thinking, fast-growing and innovative nature, but also its acknowledgement of traditional processes, recipes and craft, as well as its location—not far from Fort Point National Historic Site and overlooked by the Golden Gate bridge—plays out across its packaging. This is characterised by the current favour for monolinear and geometric illustration, a flexible and expanding modular structure, engraved type and an unusual mix of girders and landscapes.

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Absolut Botanik by Bold Inc., Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging for Absolut Botanik by graphic design studio Bold Inc.

Absolut Botanik is a new ready to drink, pre-mixed, single-source vodka range from distiller Absolut, flavoured with Scandinavian lingonberries, cloudberries and blueberries, blended with either pear, apple or lime. The range features a distinctive and bespoke single-serve bottle with a silver crown cap, and the Absolut logotype framed by rich illustrative detail that mixes bold watercolour strokes with finer pen and ink work. This packaging treatment, created by international branding and packaging agency Bold Inc., looks to engage the market with a strong character and story, and to convey a sense of craft and playfulness.

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