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The Hope Singers by Bedow, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Limited edition illustrated record sleeve for The Hope Singers by Bedow

Scandinavian graphic design studio Bedow have recently completed work on the record sleeves for The Hope Singers debut album It’s Time For…, which will be released on the Sing a Song Fighter label as a limited edition LP. Bedow mix a well-illustrated approach with loose hand drawn typography, and applied these using a four colour screen print process across uncoated and unbleached board. The result is cheerful, individual and distinctly crafted.

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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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