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O/O Long Boil Barley Wine by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging and art direction by Swedish design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist for O/O Brewing's Long Boil Barley Wine, a limited edition craft beer range

O/O Brewing is a craft brewery set up in 2011 by Olle Andersson & Olof Andersson. They presently operate out of the facilities of Stigbergets Bryggeri in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, but are due to open their own brewery in the Autumn of 2017, with the intention of increasing volume and gaining further control over quality.

O/O worked with Scandinavian graphic design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist, who have created labels for a variety of other O/O beers, to develop labelling for a new series of limited editions that will be sold once a year. The first of these will be Long Boil Barley Wine. Despite the name, Long Boil Barley Wine is a beer and, unlike O/O Brewing’s other products, will be aged, allowing it to develop a new complexity in a similar way to wine.

Rather than collaborating with artists and designers, an approach that characterised much of the labelling of O/O’s previous ranges, and with a desire to express something of the higher price point and ageing of the beer by making a connection with Champagne and wine, Lundgren+Lindqvist developed a typographical system of condensed characters for impact, provides room for date, sets these within a grid, and compliments this with playful but communicative art direction of product photography.

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George + Powlett by Studio Brave, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and brochure design by Studio Brave for East Melbourne residential property development George + Powlett

George + Powlett is a residential property development of 11 apartments, created by ICON Developments, and located in East Melbourne. ICON’s properties are described as having a precision and balance, and this continues through to their latest project, which was designed by acclaimed architectural practice Powell & Glenn. The development is set within an environment of what is described as a place of elegant contrasts. This can bee seen in the strong geometric forms of structure, and the surrounding leafy suburb of East Melbourne. Balanced contrast informs brand identity, designed by Studio Brave, with each element said to express the seamless connection between environment and structure. This connects brochure, material sample pack, foldout floor plan and website.

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Rocket by Here Design, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, pattern, stationery and van livery by London-based studio Here Design for UK catering business Rocket

Rocket began in 2000 as a small family-run catering company, implementing other people’s plans, and has grown to become a multifaceted enterprise with its own ideas, creating culinary worlds in partnership with some of the country’s most prestigious institutions and brands. Rocket worked with London-based Here Design to express this bold new position throughout its brand identity, in logo design, and across its stationery, business cards, print communications, van livery and website.

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