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Hubbards Creamy Porridge by Coats, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird.

New packaging for Hubbards Porridge designed by Coats, New Zealand

Auckland-based studio Coats continue to collaborate with health food company Hubbards, following up their work on Toppers with packaging for their new Creamy Porridge range. Coats was tasked with conveying the range’s modern flavour combinations, avoiding the rustic and traditional messages often favoured by the category, and working within a brand language that is quirky, engaging, honest and down-to-earth. Much like their work on Toppers, Coats does this through bold custom lettering, a bright but natural colour palette, and convivial tone of voice.

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Higher Living 2016 by B&B Studio, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and packaging for organic tea company Higher Living by B&B Studio, United Kingdom

Higher Living is a British company who have been blending teas, herbs and spices for over 45 years using only 100% natural and organic ingredients. Continuing their collaboration with Higher Living, which began back in 2010, London-based graphic design studio B&B Studio worked with the company, following a recent expansion of the range, to help redefine its packaging and brand identity with the intention of establishing a new system that would help consumers navigate an increased variety whilst also retaining its idiosyncratic qualities.

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Solrug by Bielke & Yang, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Package design for Solrug by Bielke & Yang, Norway, featuring illustration by Rami Niemi, Finland

Solrug is a high-quality, ready-cut, Finnish sourdough rye bread created for the Norwegian market by Magnus Högnäs, a Finnish expat living in Norway, and in response to the county’s poor wholemeal choice. The bread is dense with a strong flavour, low in sugar and salt but high in fibre and protein, and produced by Finnish bakery Leipomo Rosten Oy using only natural ingredients. Solrug’s packaging, designed by Oslo based graphic design studio Bielke & Yang, draws on and plays up to the bread and brand’s Finnish origins, through a bright panel of Finnish stereotypes, drawn by Finnish illustrator Rami Niemi.

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Biggans Böcklingpastej by Bedow, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Package design and POS for Biggans Böcklingpastej by Bedow, Sweden

Böcklingpastej is a smoked herring fish paste from Biggans, a small family owned company creating products for the Swedish market since 1952. The company recently worked with Stockholm-based graphic design studio Bedow, who had previously helped them with the packaging for their range of sauces, to develop product packaging and POS for Böcklingpastej. This replaces a heavily branded logo-centric design with one of a more distinctive and crafted character.

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