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Moomin & Moomin Shop by Bond, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging for Moomin Shop by graphic design studio Bond, Finland

The Moomins are characters from a book, picture book and comic book series created by Swedish-speaking Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson. These were published in Sweden and Finland between 1945 and 1993. Alongside the comic strip, the characters have also featured in their own television series and film, and populate the theme park, Moomin World, on the Finnish island of Kailo. Today, the Moomins are an established brand with an international reach and an increasing license-based product portfolio that exists across a variety of categories.

Finnish graphic design studio Bond, who are fans of the Moomins, were hired t0 develop packaging for Moomin Shops across Finland, and establish brand guidelines for licensees and licensed products within the international fast moving consumer goods market.

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The Hyundai Department Store by Studio fnt, South Korea

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for South Korean department store The Hyundai by graphic design company Studio fnt

The Hyundai is a well-known, well-thought-of and well-established South Korean department store that this year will celebrate its 44th anniversary. To coincide with this, The Hyundai launched a new brand identity system developed by Seoul graphic design company Studio fnt. This builds on the logotype and colour palette created by New York’s Base Design earlier in 2015, and introduces a Korean logotype, patterns, geometric sans-serif typography, monolinear iconography and foil print finishes across business cards, price tags, stationery, packaging, store cards and print communication. The project also included signage and wayfinding.

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From Babies With Love by Paul Belford Ltd, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and tags designed by Paul Belford Ltd. for organic baby clothing business From Babies With Love

From Babies With Love is an organisation that sells organic baby clothes, blankets and accessories, as well as a range of greetings cards online. The money raised from the sale of these goes to SOS Children’s Villages, a scheme that supports babies who have lost parents to war, famine, disease or poverty, by placing them with families and within communities that are safe and stable.

London based Paul Belford Ltd. worked with From Babies With Love to develop a brand identity treatment that, through a simple postmark device and a series of animal collages created from recycled postal materials, finds a way to bridge online shopping and the aid sent abroad, and draws a playful and distinctive character from utility. This runs across envelopes, business cards, tags and website. This post was updated June 2016 with a bunch of new animal colleges.

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