Selected by Richard Baird.
January’s highlights included Bedow’s work for German brewery St. ERHARD, Carl Nas Associates work with illustrator Syd Brak and TangentGC, and Bond’s book Kape 24h for Scandinavian chef Kari Aihinen. There were, however, five projects that stood out, and have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series. These typically balance a strong singular concept, or an appropriate confluence of ideas, with a compelling visual character and clear communicative intention that appropriately plays with form, colour, type and layout, as well as material, texture, image and print finish.
BP&O, in this end of month review, tries to recognise both the smart use of small budgets—those that channel spending into the most appropriate assets—and those projects with a broad and holistic quality, establishing a continuity (conceptual and/or visual) across multiple touch points.
Throughout the month BP&O also continued to expand on its collections series as another way to jump through to older posts on the site. New additions to this were Wine and Block Foiling. Updated projects during January included Commission’s packaging for Old Spike and Two Times Elliott’s graphic identity for The Dayrooms.
Opinion by Richard Baird
A. N Other gives its perfumers the creative room to craft limited edition, luxury and high concentration fragrances free from the pressures of consumer trends, market segmentation and budgetary constraints. These are then sold directly to consumers through its website. A.N Other places greater value on the internal composition of each of its fragrances, and the inspirations and aspirations of its creators, than the outward expression and associated expense of boutique spaces, lavish adverts, glossy magazine coverage and celebrity endorsements. This direct to consumer approach and a focus on ingredient quality, concentration and sustainability, as well as perfumer and fragrance story, is distilled down and projected by graphic identity, developed by Socio Design, initially online through website, and continuing into packaging. These are linked by naming and strategy, and by details that include bespoke typeface and logotype, brand imagery and copywriting, also created by Socio Design.
Opinion by Richard Baird
Zebra Dream is a range of organic, soy and dairy-free coconut based ice-creams made from fair-trade ingredients. With a desire to capture a larger portion of the market whilst retaining its die-hard following, Australian design studio The Company You Keep (TCYK) reimagined the brand from the ground up, redesigning Zebra Dream’s graphic identity and packaging, taking it from a dark pack with a conventional and expected zebra pattern, to a light and airy treatment with an individual character and a surprising material flourish.