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Roger Burkhard by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and die cut promotional card by Lundgren+Lindqvist for Swiss web dev and interactive studio Roger Burkhard.

Roger Burkhard is a creative web development and interactive studio based in Bern, Switzerland, with a roster of clients throughout the creative industries. The studio worked with Scandinavian designers Lundgren+​Lindqvist on the development of a new brand identity. This included monogram, brand guidelines and website, as well as a stationery set that covered business card and promotional cards, letterhead, invoice and invoice reminder.

Lundgren+​Lindqvist, with the intention of avoiding industry convention, brings a thorough material and crafted quality to a service that often favours digital communication, yet layers this with more familiar web-based expressions. These draw on and work together themes such as problem solving, responsive design and creative thinking, conveyed through puzzle pieces, a modular system with a baseline grid and flexible header, and adds a moment of play in the choice of a bright spot colour.

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Finland 100 by Kokoro & Moi, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, illustration and packaging by Kokoro & Moi for the celebration of Finland's centenary

This year Finland celebrates its centenary and will mark the occasion with a broad programme of events created and supported by a wide range of stakeholders. Based around the theme of “Together”, and with the intention of creating a cohesive and useful system to unite events and initiatives from local councils and independent organisations and businesses, Scandinavian design studio Kokoro & Moi created “Finland’s Faces”, a brand identity made up of an extensive and diverse library of faces, drawn in a variety of styles.

With a desire to be inclusive Kokomo & Moi also developed an online platform and complimentary app with developer Great Apes as a strategic part of brand identity. This invites Finns and friends of Finland to participate and edit selfies into unique cartoons, to share these via the social media or submit these to be part of the ‘Finland’s Faces’ collection. These will be used as part of event communications throughout the year.

Alongside print communications and packaging, Kokoro & Moi also developed advertising and several other projects that make up Finland 100. These included product, spatial and interactive design, working in collaboration with Miltton Creative.

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Blå Bär by BVD, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and bags by Swedish studio BVD for Blå Bär, an Osaka-based retailer of Scandinavian goods

Blå Bär (Swedish for blueberries) sells a variety miscellaneous goods from Scandinavia from its store in Osaka, Japan. These include, but are not limited to, glass and kitchenware, soft furnishings, ornaments and jewellery. Many of these could be described as having something of a shared Scandinavian simplicity of form, lightness of colour, natural material quality and cheerful character in pattern and imagery. These are displayed within a well-lit space that blends white walls and shelves, a light wood floor and storage, with the blue of its brand identity, created by Stockholm-based graphic design studio BVD. This appears as a solid matte colour wall, glossy counter, pattern detail and display case, and runs across the store’s packaging.

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